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 feeling inspired by these answers and inspired by your own mother? Want to treat your mom to something special on Mother's Day such as a Mother's Day brunch? Check out these suggestions from Coravin : 1. Grada Classico Chiaretto - Croissants The dryness of Chiaretto is a perfect match for buttery pastries like Croissants. Serve them toasted with natural jam and enjoy the light and bright mouthfeel of this rosé, with notes of fresh-bloomed roses, peach and strawberries. Coravin Recommends: 2014 Famiglia Olivini Gard Classico Chiaretto 2. Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Nero d'Avola Frappato - Ham & Cheese Frittata Frittata is the quintessential brunch dish, easy to make and very versatile, perfect for Mother's Day. The salty ham and sharp cheese will be enhanced by the flavors of ripe berries, fresh-cut herbs, and citrus in this Italian wine. Coravin recommends: 2011 Feudo di Santa Tresa Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Ner d'Avola Frappato 3. Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot Noir - Spinach, Strawberry & Feta Salad Wow the Mom in your life with this easy to make, sweet and salty salad that is sure to delight the health conscious moms and is the perfect dish to bring forward the red fruit flavors of the Rosé, creating a refreshing mix of flavor and texture. Coravin Recommends: 2017 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot Noir 4. Veneto Prosecco - Mother's Day (Film) Mother's day is not official until a glass of bubbly has been poured! Pop the cork and enjoy the laughter, tears and joy of three generations that come together to celebrate this special day! Coravin Recommends: 2016 La Marca Veneto Prosecco 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! You can view more moments like this on the Coravin Moments App .

La Marca

Veneto Sparkling Prosecco

Pale straw with stone fruit and floral aromas. Small bubbles with sweet peach and grapefruit tastes, a bit too sweet, missing a balance between fruit and crispness. Just ok but better ones out there. Tasting Sample. — 6 years ago

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Mille e Una Notte Nero d'Avola

Christy Canterbury MW

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. — 8 years ago

Daniel P., Erich and 22 others liked this

Famiglia Olivini

Garda Classico Chiaretto

S Butterfield

75 Gropello. Prickly fresh....hints of citrus and strawberry, lovely texture on the cheeks. Literally mouth watering. Body grows fuller on the finish. An excellent example of "the wine of one night." — 8 years ago

Riddley liked this

Dominio del Plata (Susana Balbo)

Barrel Fermented Valle De Uco Torrontes 2013

Nose of flint, roasted nuts. Grapefuit, meyer lemon, melon rind and dust. Really complex and wonderfully executed — 9 years ago

Tony, Anthony and 2 others liked this

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Strawberry, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, watermelon and hints of peach. Great acidity and balance. — 6 years ago

Meg 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! — 7 years ago

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ADAM, Ryan and 9 others liked this

Lail Vineyards

Blueprint Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Ryan Carey

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? — 9 years ago

David, Jonathan and 19 others liked this
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My humble opinion. It's more New World then old
John Trader

John Trader

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
Ryan Carey

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Definitely new world, but definitely awesome

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 years ago

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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. — 8 years ago

Jordan, Eric and 6 others 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! — 8 years ago

Serge, Brian and 10 others liked this