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"Wine" Your Way into Mom's Heart this Mother's Day

Inspired wine choices to satisfy any Mom's palette

If your mom is anything like mine, Mother's Day the one day each year Mom relives all those hours of labor for the sole purpose of making us feel guilty. And we learned long ago that pancakes are a sad, sad way to thanks for that kind of pain.

Red, White and Drunk All OverRed, White and Drunk All OverDinner out is a given, expected and shamelessly hinted at for the rest of the year. A cruise wouldn't be out of line either.

What to serve for cocktails isn't always so simple. Let's just say Mom has an eclectic palate. Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White and Drunk All Over is our new BFF, not to mention our hero and all-around-goddess-in-shinning-armor.

Whether it's pizza, popcorn or take-out chicken, Natalie can match Mom's food preferences with the perfect wine. Zinfandel with your Tex-Mex? A cinch, says Mclean.

"The old rules about white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat just don't give enough guidance anymore," says MacLean. "With modern fusion cuisine and wines from new regions around the world, the choices-and confusion-are great."

Here are Natalie's top 10 fun food and wine matches:

  1. Chilean Chardonnay with popcorn
  2. California Zinfandel with nachos
  3. French Champagne with potato chips
  4. Italian Chianti with pizza
  5. German Riesling with fish and chips
  6. Australian Shiraz with hamburgers
  7. Canadian or Oregon Pinot Noir with smoked salmon
  8. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with quiche
  9. Tawny Port with canned brown beans
  10. French or Washington Cabernet Sauvignon with TV dinner steak

If you're planning a menu (it better be spectacular) MacLean will match it with a wine from a list more than 80,000 deep. What's more, no one has to know you had help with Mom's special meal. It will be our secret.

Taking Mom out for dinner on Sunday? Visit our sister site, Restaurantica.com for restaurant reviews you can trust.

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I've heard of this book - it sounds like a great way to learn about wine. Come to think of it, think I'll pick up the book along with a great wine to share with mom on Mother's Day. Thanks for a great suggestions!

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