SPECIAL occasion presents can be a challenge, and sometimes even the most discerning shopping baskets manage to fall short at the check-out counter.
To chime with the celebratory mood of Mother’s Day the day, liquid gifts are an option, especially if the rest of the household has taken care of the flowers, chocolates and mum’s signature fragrance.
Knowing where and what to buy, and trading-up with a top shelf wine from an online merchant can win you extra brownie points.
For some reason, something French always seems a bit special. Try Chateau d’Angles La Clape Rose Classique 2009 (£10.99, at www.essentiallywine.com) – the beguiling pale coral hue and elegant label are an instant attraction before the nose even hits the glass.
Alternatively try the vibrant Massamier la Mignarde, Cuvee des Oliviers Rose, Coteaux de Peyriac 2009 (£7.40, www.bbr.com).
Gutsy with wild strawberry flavours and a slight sweetness on the finish, it’s a delicious partner with an antipasto platter or risotto.
If your mum loves the zesty, herbaceous flavours of a sauvignon blanc, try impressing her with the delightful Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£16, www.dickenshousewine.co.uk), South Africa.
A drop of the sunny Capelands in a glass, it’s fresh and grassy with concentrated gooseberry flavours and a wonderful partner with white fish or Thai cuisine.