In the years before 2020, there were many things we took for granted: attending concerts, dining at our favourite restaurants, and spending quality time with our loved ones.
As Mother’s Day approaches on Sunday, May 9 — marking the second year of celebrating during uncertain times — we’re putting our best foot forward to plan a day filled with creative, socially distanced activities.
Whether you’re celebrating your mom, auntie, grandmother, or all of the special mothers you know, there are plenty of options for a memorable day that respects the current landscape.
To fuel your inspiration and help you spoil your mom, we’ve partnered with BC Liquor Stores to present a series of fun ideas and the exquisite rosé pairings that accompany them.
Our moms helped us grow into the people we are today by preparing delicious meals for us. So, this year, why not say thank you by returning the favour and hosting brunch in your backyard? You have the option to prepare a brag-worthy spread yourself or order takeout from a local brunch destination for the ultimate treat.
Whatever culinary path you choose (no judgment either way), serve brunch alongside a glass of Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé made from Grenache, Cinsault, and Vermentino. Since this versatile wine carries notes of cantaloupe, peach, and grapefruit, plus mineral notes with a creamy, medium-bodied palate, it’s a no-brainer to match with a smoked salmon dish.
Although planning a winery-hopping vacation is something you might have done with your mom in the past, you don’t have to miss out on the essence of this experience on Mother’s Day. Conducting a tasting at home is as easy as sending out a calendar invite and choosing the lineup of wines to explore.
If you’re looking for four equally delightful yet unique rosés to sample, you could go with the harmonious, balanced Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne with a lacy mousse and flavours of wild strawberry, cherry, tangerine, peach; a new-to-the-market Prosecco Rosé by Lamarca with notes of citrus, honeysuckle, peach, and pear; the medium-bodied Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Languedoc Rosé offering notes of rose water and underripe peach and melon.
For something to cleanse and refresh the palate, we recommend Oyster Bay’s Marlborough Rosé boasting red cherry, strawberry, and raspberry flavours.
Picnic in the park
Take advantage of the brighter days that spring is gifting us here in Vancouver by arranging a picnic in the park. Dust off your picnic basket and fill it with a blanket, a charcuterie board, your mom’s favourite selection of cheeses and cured meats, and a bottle of wine to enjoy at a local park where drinking is allowed.
For an expressive bouquet that evokes fresh strawberry, black cherry, redcurrant, and raspberry, you could pair your charcuterie board with the Cuvée Rosé Champagne Brut by Laurent-Perrier. It’s made from 100% pinot noir, enhanced by wafts of spice and smoke adding complexity.
Watch your most-loved show
Chances are there’s at least one TV show that both you and your mom enjoy or a classic movie that reminds you of your childhood. Mother’s Day is a great time to get nostalgic and sit down to watch a production that brings you joy. Plus, it’s possible to do this whether you live together or apart (thanks, technology).
Make sure to have snacks at the ready before you hit play, and you could also keep a bottle — or two — of rosé on standby in the fridge. Relax while sipping on Saintly The Good Rosé, a refreshing wine with hints of summer blossoms accented by lime, strawberry, and grapefruit, fading into stone fruit. Another option is the light, floral, and fruity Sea Change Prosecco Rosé.
Bake up a storm
Almost all of us baked banana bread last year when social distancing measures came into effect. But if, like us, you haven’t done much baking in the kitchen since then, why not use Mother’s Day as a chance to revive this fun activity? Choose a bunch of desserts to make with your mom — in person or over Zoom — and savour the moments of showcasing your finished creations.
Sweet rosé, particularly Fresita — a delicious infusion of Chilean sparkling wine and Patagonian strawberries — is an optimum yet effortless dessert wine. For that reason, it makes a sublime pairing for homemade cheesecake, lemon bars, and decadent dark chocolate lava cake.
Go for a scenic walk
Living in Metro Vancouver means we’re surrounded by tons of gorgeous spots to take a scenic walk, from the Seawall to Stanley Park, Centennial Beach to Rocky Point Park; the options are endless. Ask your mom where she would like to visit and take in the views around you while you walk.
After you rack up the steps on your local adventure, you could share a bottle of the popular and slightly off-dry Hester Creek Cabernet Franc Rosé bursting with aromas of rhubarb, strawberry, cherry, and grapefruit (with a touch of cinnamon and white pepper), or the stylish and medium-bodied Sandhill Rosé with flavours of raspberry, redcurrant, watermelon, and pomegranate. Fire up the BBQ, grill some meats and veggies, and reflect on a day well-spent outside.
Design your own bouquets
If you’re interested in gifting your mom something other than store-bought flowers on Mother’s Day, lean into your artistic side and design bouquets together. Not only is this another activity that can be done in person or virtually, it also adds a personalized touch to your gift while being an exceptional shared experience.
To stay on theme with vibrant florals, you could pick up a bottle of Meiomi California Rosé ahead of time. Boasting aromas of orange peel, watermelon, and a hint of rose petal, followed by flavours of cranberry, strawberry, watermelon, and a slight minerality, it’s a great option for making blended frosés to share with your mom.
To discover the above-mentioned rosés and more gift ideas for Mother’s Day, you can visit your local BC Liquor Store. To find your nearest BCL, watch virtual events, or read the latest issue of TASTE magazine, check out BCLiquorStores.com.
For the latest updates on releases and tips on what to drink, you can also follow @BCLiquorStores on Instagram.
As always, please remember drinks are best enjoyed when they’re enjoyed responsibly.