Wine for mother

The QueenChoosing a gift for next Sunday's Mother's Day is never that easy for sons and daughters, of whatever age. I'm sure you'll not complain when you receive the usual bunch of flowers or box of chocs, but it would be nice to get something rather more personalised wouldn't it? So why not help your children along by dropping subtle, or not, hints that a bottle or two of your favourite wine would be much appreciated.

Their urge to buy champagne will be strong – don't try to divert this but direct it either towards something really, really expensive (after all you're worth it aren't you?), or a bottle of champagne you know only you will enjoy (if family visit on Sunday they'll just have to make do and drink Rose's Lime Cordial).

Celebris champagneYou know the champagne's going to be expensive when you can only get it from the likes of Berry Brothers, Harrods and Fortnum and Mason. It's hard to justify the £99-plus a bottle price tag for the lightly effervescent champagne Celebris (the two-bottle Magnum version is over twice the price at £286) when I know I've bought cars for less than this.

If this level of spending is rather beyond your pressie-giving offspring then point them at the excellent, and always reliable, Spar £19.99 Marquis Belrive Brut champagne. Its creamy Brazil nut and lemon flavours will help wash down that inevitable box of chocs.

Find other ideas of wines you might enjoy on Mother's Day below.

PG Wine Tips

£3.99 and under

There are still some good bottles to be found that cost the same as a couple of National Lottery tickets.

Aldi French Claret

£3.49

Simple blackberry and sloe flavours with a hint of liquorice. A light lunch-time wine.

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

Tesco Argentinean Malbec

£4.49

Flavours of damson, cherry and blackberry crumble with a bit of caramel thrown in. Match to chocs or cheese.

Frontera Chilean Merlot

£5.79 Tesco

Very fruity and easy drinking. Blackcurrant, plum and raspberry flavours – an ideal match to posh pizza or Mother’s Day calzone.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

Barón de Barbón Spanish Rioja

£7.99 Laithwaites

Dark and mysterious, as Sherlock Holmes would say, but not about this wine. But if he had he’d have identified plum, cherry, blackberry pie and dark coffee flavours.

Errazuriz Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

£8.54 Waitrose Wine

Creamy blackcurrant with a bit of bite. Plus a hint of violets. Nice.

Namaqua South African Reserve Chardonnay

£8.99 Tesco

It’s like drinking a fruit salad: creamy apple, peach, pear and melon flavours.

This article has appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on Mature Times