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Raise a Glass to Moms

Mommy Needs Her (Sparkling) Wine Too

by The Cheeky Wine Guide – May 14, 2013

I come from people who didn’t drink during the day. A glass of wine, or a cocktail…well, it needed to be after 5pm in order to be enjoyed. Not the old line: “well it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” But real time: 5pm. Unless, of course, it was a holiday that landed on a Sunday, and then the libation could be enjoyed after church. And on such occasions, my mother loved to enjoy sparkling wine. Since she mixed it with orange juice and made a mimosa out of it, the type of sparkling wasn’t so important. What was important was that it was shared. She wasn’t happy until everyone in the room was drinking a mimosa.

Last weekend we carried on the tradition filling our glasses with some bubbly  and, yes, a bit of orange juice. Selecting a sparkling wine that isn’t too sweet is a must for this Cheeky Wine Guide. So yesterday, we mixed a Spanish cava, Gran Pasion. I discovered this wine through the help of another great mom, Kayla Steffens, owner of Cellar Gate in Highwood. It is made with Macabeo, Xaeel-lo and Parellada in the “method traditionelle.”

So tradition reigns and mothers know best.


About the Author: The Cheeky Wine Guide

The Wine Guide comes to Cheeky with experience in a variety of journalistic endeavors. An award-winning producer, television anchor and magazine writer, she explores topics of interest with her own unique sense of humor. Now working in the wine industry, she will take you behind the scenes with exclusive interviews with winemakers, on the scene reports from the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma and share with you the latest trends in all things wine.