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Wine gift ideas for mom

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and there are many brunches to choose from to treat the mom (step-mom, aunt, adopted mom, grand mom, or maybe even your dad) in your life.

And, of course, there is the option of taking mom on a wine or brewery tour, or booking a VIP treatment with a tour company.

If you’ve not yet made plans, or perhaps you can’t be present (pun intended) in person to celebrate, here are a few ideas. And don’t forget to pick up a card.

A case of rosé:

It’s the season of rosé releases, and your local wine shop can help put together a selection of a few different bottles to make up a collection. Aim for different grapes, different regions, and maybe included a sparkling option. Mom will be set up for patio season.

Join a club:

Most wine clubs offer gift options, and if mom has a favourite winery, sign her up for her first shipments. Or, if mom prefers beer, check out the growler options at her favourite craft brewery.

Gin is in:

Many distilleries across the province have created spectacular gins, racking up awards worldwide. Pair one or two with a selection of local tonics for a unique gift basket for gin and tonic season.

Meal kits:

Very trendy, and a bit of payback for all of the cooking your parents have done for you? Find a local meal or fresh produce delivery service and cover the cost of the first few meals. That’s assuming this would be better than a gift certificate or a night out at mom’s favourite restaurant.

Make a donation:

Give a gift to charity in mom’s name, maybe a local food bank or a scholarship fund for culinary students, or buy a pair of tickets to a foodie event that supports a cause she’s fond of.

Tickets:

If the phrase “I would like to go to that” is heard frequently, but for some reason Ma and (maybe) Pa haven’t made it to a signature Okanagan event, make this the year you get tickets before a desired event sells out.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 1-2: Multiple events across the valley for the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.

May 10, Okanagan Falls: Liquidity Bistro hosts Spring Social, taste your way through wines from the OK Falls region.

May 11, Okanagan Falls: Noble Ridge hosts its first Bubbles and BBQ event, with live music, and featuring “The One” sparkling wine.

May 11, Kelowna: The Better Earth Garden Centre, along with Mamas for Mamas, hosts the BC Wine Cider & Spirits Festival. 

May 11, Penticton: Township 7 brings out its Merlot for a five-year vertical tasting.

Until May 12, Penticton: Book yourself a tasting of the Best Paella in the Okanagan at the Kitchen at Da Silva Winery.

May 19, West Kelowna: Mission Hill presents its Spring Farm-to-Table Market and Lunch, an al fresco lunch combined with an outdoor market with Unearthed Farms. 

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A creative thinker with more than two decades of experience in communications, Allison is an early adopter of social and digital media, bringing years of work in traditional media to the new frontier of digital engagement marketing through her company, All She Wrote.

She is the winner of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's 2011 and 2012 awards for Social Media Initiative, an International LERN award for marketing, and the 2014 Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Hospitality/Tourism.

Allison has amassed a following on multiple social networks of more than 30,000, frequently writes and about social media, food and libations as well as travel and events, and through her networks, she led a successful bid to bring the Wine Bloggers Conference to Penticton in June 2013, one of the largest social media wine events in the world, generating 31 million social media impressions, $1 million in earned media, and an estimated ongoing economic impact of $2 million.

In 2014, she held the first Canadian Wine Tourism Summit to spark conversation about the potential for wine tourism in Canada as a year-round economic driver.

Allison contributes epicurean content to several publications, has been a judge for several wine and food competitions, and has earned her advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

In her spare time, she has deep, meaningful conversations with her cats.

She can be reached at [email protected]



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