Finally, a terrific rainless weekend with lots of sunshine which was a perfect fit for our weekend festivities. We had a family celebration on Saturday with lots of company and great food. On Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day with a brunch that was quick and easy so we could spend the day outside in the sunshine playing with the kids, both young and “old”.
Erath Pinot Noir 2007 from the Willamette Valley in Oregon has aromas of black cherry, mandarin orange, and spiced vanilla with a hint of caramel and delicious flavors of black cherry. We really enjoyed this with the pasta and chicken. This wine bottle has a screw cap.
2005 Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied with notes of black berry fruits with a hint of chocolate and spice. It has cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with a hint of vanilla and spice. Perfect with the steaks.
Sparkling wine is a favorite in our house which was perfect with our Mother’s Day brunch. Since we have a several underage drinkers we always make “kid friendly” sparkling drinks.
Our “Sparkling Sunrise” is a blend of sparkling apple cider or sparkling water, orange juice and cranberry juice. Our recipe is made to order for each of the kids based on their juice preferences. It makes the younger set (under 14) feel special, and “fagedaboudit” for the over 14 group – sparkling water is just perfect for their discriminating palate! This group is not into the sugary juice drinks. I think we can learn a bit from their take on healthy eating and drinking but that’s a post for another day.
Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut sparkling wine was our choice for brunch. It has floral and pear aromas and a touch of toasty almond. It is rich and creamy on the palate with flavors of black cherry, vanilla and just a hint of lemon. This food friendly sparkler was just right with our brunch. It is great with shellfish or crab cakes as well as roasted chicken.
Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui 2007 was just the right touch for our sweets. It has a slight fizziness that is soft and creamy on the palate with flavors of ripe cherry and strawberries. This wine is our moms’ favorite especially since it is lightly sweet and was delicious with our fresh fruit plate, dessert and dark chocolate.