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by Erika Lenkert

The Best Mother's Day Gifts from Wineries

Send Mom a Taste of the Good Life From Online Winery Shops

While I enjoy the occasional wine tipple with dinner, friends, a twilight sky, or all of the above, wine is not the reason I moved to Napa Valley back in 2000. It was the lifestyle that got me. Whether in Italy, France, California, or Australia, all wine country destinations are centered on the good life and all of the delicious experiences that come with it, including great wine and food, spectacular pastoral surroundings, a laid-back bon vivant attitude, and the priority of regularly celebrating everyday life with wonderful friends, family, and loved ones. If there is a mom in your life who could benefit from a little Wine Country luxury but is too busy changing diapers/cleaning house/slaving at a job/cooking meals/doing the bills/swiftly making sure life goes so smoothly you don't even know what she actually does or how she does it, perhaps this Mother's Day you should bring a Wine Country to her. Following are a handful of Northern California wineries with spectacular gift selections that go beyond the bottled wine.

Rubicon Estate
Film director Francis Ford Coppola doesn't do anything in a small way (remember "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather"?) so it's no surprise that his gorgeous historic Napa Valley winery and its equally grand gift selection are over-the-top. Drop by the website to browse a vast selection of goodies ready for you to point, click, and pick. Highlights include agate tabletop items, brandy caramel sauce, Laguiole flatware, lavender body oil, hammered silver tray and votives, and Uvavita skincare products. And of course there's lots and lots of wine available, too, including the very feminine and pretty Sofia bubbly and rosé wines.

Sebastiani Vineyards
Bring the flavor of one of Sonoma Valley's most historic wineries home with their large selection of condiments from Sylvia Sebastiani's kitchen. Think Garlic mustard, flavored olive oil, pear blackberry vinegar, olive tepanade, and merlot-chocolate dessert sauce—they're bound to pair well with any of the winery's vino, which is also available to order and have shipped to someone special.

Matanzas Creek Winery
Nearly as famous for its lavender as it is its wines, Matanzas Creek antes up with exceptionally aromatic hand-crafted gifts for the body, bath, home, and table. Pamper mom silly with lavender soap, shower gel, scrub, or a clay mask, send loving aromas through a lavender bouquet or pillow, or inspire her to get creative in the kitchen with culinary lavender or lavender tea.

Jordan Winery
You may know Northern Sonoma's Jordan Winery for its Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, but if you've visited you also know that it's a place that's all about elegant hospitality, which is spearheaded by Sandra Jordan. Check out the hostess with the mostess's outstanding collection of toleware and silver wine accoutrements. If they're too pricy you can always grab a bottle of Jordan's tasty extra-virgin olive oil.

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