Inspiring Mothers of the Wine World

This weekend, we’re raising a glass to all mothers, without whose hurricane strength and boundless love the world would cease to turn. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked the children of five powerhouse women in wine to share what inspires them about their mothers. From California to Italy, France to Argentina, here’s what they had to say: Shannon Lail and Erin Lail on their mother Robin Daniel Lail, owner and founder of Lail Vineyards in the Napa Valley : “‘No’ is not part of our mom's vernacular. She'll charge at the door a thousand times until it opens on the thousand and first try. She's tenacious as hell, but always leads with grace – whether it's a bank loan, a grape contract, or simply righting a wrong. You could strip her of all her successes and she would still bloom wherever she was planted.” Eddy Leiber-Faller and Théo Faller on their mother Catherine Faller, vintner of Domaine Weinbach in Alsace : “We had to grow older and eventually become fathers ourselves to understand Catherine Faller, our vintner of a Mum. All the non-stop running around, tasting, travelling, worrying, is hard to grasp when you see with a hint of envy from your friends at school with their 5-days-a-week-job parents. Not even mentioning their retired spoiling grandmas, as this could be about our late grandmother Colette as well. But one day you realize that being a vintner is not just a job. It’s not something you ever apply for, take time off or retire from. It’s about legacy and transmission. About growing amidst something bigger than you that is going to shape you. And then it becomes clear that your mother is not working for herself or even for the winery, she is working for your own kids and their children after them, for something as immaterial as the notion of excellence in wines and in the same time as very palpable as a ripe grape cluster freshly harvested. Perhaps for those ‘fragments of eternity,’ as she likes to put it.” José Lovaglio Balbo on his mother Susana Balbo, President and founder of Susana Balbo wines in Mendoza : “What I value most from my mother is she has no regrets. I’ve never seen my mom second-guess herself, she is a true believer and always trusts her gut. She values the timing of decisions over the depth of decisions, and while not every decision is the right one, she has far more successes than failures. My mother has taught me that in making decisions, it’s easier to change the course of things in motion rather than starting from scratch. It’s that approach, combined with gut feel, experience and intelligence, the inspires me to keep making my own way and trusting myself.” Maya Dalla Valle on her mother Naoko Dalla Valle of Dalla Valle Vineyards in the Napa Valley: “My Mom has always been a constant inspiration to set my goals high and living proof that hard work pays off. Watching her run a successful winery by herself while raising me was always something I admired and was a big motivation to join the family business. I am honored to now be working alongside her and continuing Dalla Valle Vineyards into the next generation. Not to mention she is the greatest person I know!” José Rallo on her mother Gabriella Anca Rallo, co-founder of Donnafugata in Sicily : “For me it’s a woman looking forward who wants to escape and change [speaking about the winery’s name ‘Donnafugata,’ which roughly translates to ‘woman on the run’]. I saw my mother change and become a real entrepreneur. The fact that women are mothers and are responsible for creating the home environment is often translated into actions taken in the winery. Women are very concrete and look at the context of the environment where they work. A woman's sensibility is at the heart of Donnafugata, I'm convinced that the values at Donnafugata are linked to my being a mother and involved in society." Are you uncorking something special for mom this weekend? We can’t wait to see how you’re celebrating. Scan the label and add your tasting notes on Delectable!

Lail Vineyards

Blueprint Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Ryan Carey
9.3

If all Sauvignon Blanc tasted like this, I'd drink it every day. Seriously, is there a hotter winery in Napa right now than Lail? — 3 years ago

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My humble opinion. It's more New World then old
John Trader

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My comment may have been miss understood.. I have had many experiences with lail blue point older vintages and they were all amazing and fascinating. I didn't say they represent and old world style
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Definitely new world, but definitely awesome

Dominio del Plata (Susana Balbo)

Barrel Fermented Torrontes 2013

Nose of flint, roasted nuts. Grapefuit, meyer lemon, melon rind and dust. Really complex and wonderfully executed — 3 years ago

Tony, Anthony and 2 others liked this

Donnafugata

Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria Zibibbo

Pantelleria's star. Gloriously fresh, harmonious, and memories of sicilian dried honeyed fig are brought back and elevated by the minerality of Sicily's brilliant Mediterranean Sea. — 4 years ago

Serge and Maria liked this

Lail Vineyards

J. Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This was my contribution to the 100 point Collectors dinner. Probably the softest and most balanced of the bunch. A love the Bordeaux style bottle - an abundance of earthy and fruit notes - I'd like another please! — a year ago

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Domaine Weinbach

Cuvée Laurence Alsace Gewürztraminer 2015

Oily and viscous golden wine; the smell is like sticking your nose in a bouquet of perfumed lillies and roses - quite striking; and on the palate it is opulent, fairly high in acidity for the region, and had a mile-long finish with tropical fruits. Had with sushi! — 7 months ago

Shawn and Maria liked this

Dalla Valle Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Firm down the middle, super enticing nose of dried forest floor, dark dried fruits and all around over delivering on the acidity and tannins. Could've waited 10 more years but happy to have met it tonight. — 2 years ago

Jordan, Eric and 6 others liked this

Domaine Weinbach

Cuvée Ste. Catherine Schlossberg Alsace Grand Cru Riesling 1996

Fabien Lainé
10

One of the perfection and rarity of Alsace, a wonderful wine to meditate and to taste at least once in your life 😋 an historic family domaine - tense and very pure wine - The Domaine's Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered as the king of Alsace wines 😜👏 — 5 years ago

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Dominio del Plata (Susana Balbo)

Signature Mendoza Malbec 2008

Ripe deep dark fruit on nose with dark chocolate notes. Round, fleshy and supple with ripe tannins on mouth. Enjoyed with a skirt steak. — 5 years ago

Maria liked this

Dalla Valle Vineyards

Maya 2001

Deep garnet. Aromatic, floral, red fruit. Violet, spice, sage, thyme and bacon fat. M- acid, m body and soft round tannin. Still has lots of structure. Black fruit, saline and baking spices. If tasted blind, I would never call it a 2001. It still has a lot of time left. Fantastic! — 2 years ago

Serge, Brian and 10 others liked this

Donnafugata

Mille e Una Notte Contessa Entellina Nero d'Avola 2011

Christy Canterbury MW
9.1

Strikingly big and bold, this wine is a massive wad of flavor, tannin and refreshment that needs a substantial & meaty meal as an accompaniment. Love the roasted blackberry flavors saturated with steeped Pu-erh tea. — a year ago

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