Mother’s Day History, Rudi G – Chipotle Trainee, and other Notes on a Wine Card

Mother’s Day is coming up and if you notice, it is spelled Mother’s Day and not Mothers’ Day.  According to a  National Geographic article on the founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, Anna wanted to stress the singular version as opposed to the plural version since she conceived the holiday to celebrate YOUR mother and not all mothers. This week, I’ll be pouring five sparkling wines to celebrate the memory of my mom (pictured above), and for you to celebrate with your mom!

Take the time this weekend to tell your mom how much she means to you.  Mother’s Day is a day to remember to tell our moms how much we love them and how thankful we are for them being in our lives.  It’s also a day to remind us that we should do that everyday.  Happy Mother’s Day to my mom Maria! We miss you!

An interesting fact about Mother’s Day – the second Sunday of May was chosen by Anna Jarvis because it was the closest Sunday to her mother’s death anniversary.

Did you know that according to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the year’s most popular holiday for dining out?

Did you know part 2 that after Christmas, Mother’s Day is the second most popular day for giving gifts?

Unfortunately, Anna Jarvis died penniless in 1948 after trying for years to reform the holiday she founded. She denounced the commercialization of the holiday to the bitter end.  To read more about the history of Mother’s Day check out two fine articles at National Geographic Mother’s Day and at Washington Post Mother’s Day

So, in honor of Anna Jarvis and her fight against the crass commercialization of Mother’s Day, I shall pour five sparkling wines from around the world.  No sales pressure at all from me!  I wouldn’t even dare to bring up how disappointed your mother would be if you didn’t get her some bubbly – after all, she did give birth to you!

This past week, Chicago based market research firm IRI reported on the top 20 table wine brands for the past 52 weeks.  Here are the top 5, let’s see if you are familiar with them.  For the complete list, visit Wines and Vines Top Wine Brands

  1. Barefoot
  2. Sutter Home
  3. Franzia (box)
  4. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
  5. Yellow Tail

How do these wines fare? Are they good or will you pour them down the drain? Most of the wines on the top 20 list are priced at $10 and under. Back in September of 2017, The Washington Post did a taste test of the top 20 wines and found that for the most part it was easier to find a good tasting chardonnay than it was to find a good tasting cabernet sauvignon or blend. Their top pick for chardonnay was the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.  Their least favorites of the chardonnays was the Cupcake – which smelled like a wet dog – and Sutter Home which they said was simply awful.

As for the red wines, they didn’t find a single one that was enjoyable.  Adjectives used to describe the red wines included dull, sweet, cough syrup, rubber, machine oil, or worse! The least favorite red wine was 14 Hands which the tasting group described as junkyard in a bottle!  Yikes!  I was toying with the idea of having a tasting of the top brand name wines here at the Tasting Room but I like you all too much to put you through that agony!

Do you have a favorite wine under $10?  Email me and tell me which wines you like in that price range!  Gus the Wine Guy email

Talking about cheap, bad wine it seems Rudy Giuliani might be putting away a few of these bottles on a daily basis right before he goes on television shows to do interviews.  I think in a few weeks, he will be looking to hook up with Cellino or Barnes, they of the no longer Cellino & Barnes injury law firm and the 800-888-8888 jingle. You see, Cellino & Barnes have broken up and have filed lawsuits against each other.  Wouldn’t Rudy make a great mediator for them? As the stomach turns.  More cheap, bad wine please, a lot more.

Got to tell you about a hot wine coming in next week to The Bottle Shop. It’s called My Favorite Neighbor and it’s from Booker Vineyard in Paso Robles.  Eric Jensen is the winemaker and owner and he produces a wine that has a cult following. We had the 2015 vintage and that sold out quickly and we are only getting 2 cases of the 2016 vintage.  The 2016 vintage is a blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 20% syrah, and 11% petit verdot. If you want a superb wine from Paso Robles that will impress you and your friends be sure to snap this up before we sell out.  The last five Wine Advocate scores have an average of 97 points!  Retail price is $84.99.

The label on My Favorite Neighbor will be different for the 2016 vintage. I love the labels and the stories!  Take a look.MFN

Here’s the lineup for the Mother’s Day Bubbly Tasting this Thursday and Friday.

Zardetto Z Brut Prosecco DOC  $12.99

Segura Viudas Brut Cava   $9.99

Pol Clement Blanc de Blanc  $8.99

Domaine Ste Michelle Brut Sparkling Wine   $11.99

La Montecchia Fior D’Arancio Colli Euganie   $17.99


Last word comes from Seth Meyers of Late Night on the train wreck that is Rudy G.

After playing a clip of Trump saying Guiliani, who had only been on the job for one day, “would get his facts straight…he’s working hard…has his heart into it…he’s learning the subject matter…”  Meyers noted,  “He’s a former mayor and U.S. attorney who’s now the lawyer for the president of the United States and Trump talks about him like he’s a trainee at Chipotle. ‘Excuse me, he just started yesterday. He’s a great guy. Rudy, you gotta tuck the tortilla!'”



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