Yes, I did this last year too, so it’s now officially a tradition.
There are lots and lots…and lots of places that will be having some kind of Mother’s Day brunch or dinner on Sunday. We have a bunch of them listed here on our Events page, and this doesn’t even exhaust all the possibilities. And while I’m not saying that Mom won’t enjoy herself going to one of these, I would like you to at least consider taking her for a nice little drive out to one of the many wineries in our area.
Once again, the Garden State Wine Growers Association is having a Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 12PM to 5PM (at most locations). It’s a great opportunity to try some local wines for the first time…or to reacquaint yourselves with them. Even if you’re not a big wine drinker, a wine tasting can be a fun exercise. And because it is a special Wine Trail Weekend, there will other things going on at each winery besides just sampling their vintages. Here’s what’s going on (in their own words):
Amalthea Cellars (Atco)
If you have not been to an Amalthea wine trail, Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to start! You’ll be guided by one of our expert wine pourers through our current vintages of dry white, dry red, and semidry wines while you enjoy a selection of gourmet cheeses, breads, and crackers. Give Mom the royal treatment with Amalthea Cellars’ legendary vintage and barrel tasting. For a fee of ten dollars you will be guided through the winemakers selection of favorite past vintages that have made Amalthea Cellars a rising star in the wine industry. Guests are given barrel samples and offered future prices of our upcoming future star vintages as well as an assortment of our famous homemade finger foods and legendary wine paired treats.
Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery (Pilesgrove)
Take Mom out to visit the Garden State’s wineries on Mother’s Day! We will have free tastings and tours throughout the weekend and a free amazing Chocolate Rose from Sweet Mary’s Chocolates of Woodstown for all the Moms who visit. End your wine trail with us on Saturday as terrific and eclectic band FrankenSabbath perform from 6 to 8 PM in the Enoteca playing a musical tribute to Mothers!
Bellview Winery (Landisville)
This Mother’s Day Weekend we will have a sampling of delicious home-made desserts to taste with our wines; and Dominique’s Sweet Creations will be here with her yummy selection of baked goods. Bring Mom out and see which combinations of wine and dessert you each like best. Also, the weather should be beautiful, so play a round of croquet or bocce ball whilst savoring a glass of wine outside for a lovely weekend afternoon.
Cape May Winery and Vineyard (Cape May)
May 8th from 12PM to 2PM – Celebrate Moms this year with a fashion show and luncheon while making a contribution to a local charity. Starting at noon enjoy a luncheon catered by the Washington Inn and learn about Family Promise, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Beginning at 1pm, enjoy the local fashions from two of Cape May’s clothing stores: Bamboo Shack and Pink by Victorious. Advance tickets sales required; $25.00 per person.
May 9th – Mom’s get free tastings at our wine bar!
Cedarvale Winery (Logan Township)
Featuring Mother Nature’s Weekend ~ Artwork By Linda Sannuti!
Live Music & Fun!
Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery (Rio Grande)
Complimentary tastings for all mothers at Hawk Haven- Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Is your mom a wine-lover? Visit Hawk Haven for a special gift: openers, decanters, journals, wine and more!
Heritage Vineyards (Richwood)
Join us for a special wine and cheese tasting for Mother’s Day weekend. Event will include extensive wine tasting, cheese & desert displays, LIVE music, Winery Tours and a special PINK sangria! $10 per person / HALF OFF ADMISSION FOR MOMS.
Laurita Winery (New Egypt)
On Saturday, May 8, from 1-5pm, the vocal stylist Bobby Ballack will be entertaining. Bobby’s vocal interpretation of the standards with great new arrangements is exciting and appealing to all ages. On Sunday, May 9, from 1-5pm, the acoustic classic rock n’ roll group Pennington Station will be performing.
Pennington Station is making a name for itself among area fans of classic rock & roll, with a unique format featuring acoustic guitar musicianship with tight three and four-part harmonies. Their repertoire favors harmony rock & roll songs from the 60s and 70s, with a nod to great tunes from the Beatles, Eagles, CSNY, Loggins & Messina, Jimmy Buffet, Doobie Brothers and countless others along with lots of fun surprises thrown in. Formed in 2006, the quartet’s members include two from the Jersey Shore, one from Mercer County and another from Bucks.
On both Saturday and Sunday, a fresh herb pot will be given to each of the first 50 mothers to join us at Laurita. In addition, we will be holding a drawing on both days titled Pour Your Heart Out. For every six bottles you purchase, your name will be submitted for a drawing for a mixed case of wine selected by our staff. You need not be present to win, however, you will be responsible for picking up the case should you not be at the winery when the drawing takes place.
Take your mom for a picnic on one of our spacious winery lawns. Complement a bottle of her favorite wine with one of our picnic baskets which will be available for purchase in the marketplace. An assortment of sandwiches will be offered in addition to chips and cookies.
Our Winemaker, Nick Opdam, will be introducing a White Sangria for this Mother’s Day Weekend. Traditionally, Sangrias are red wines with citrus fruits and other distilled products. Laurita’s Sangria is a blend of our base white wines (mostly Chardonnay) with natural citrus flavours added such as lemons, limes, orange, tangerine, etc.
Laurita White Sangria $15 per bottle $5 per glass The Sangria currently has limited availability.
Free Admission both days.
Natali Vineyards (Cape May Court House)
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend at our “Old World Farm Winery with free vineyard and barrel room tours at 12 pm 2pm and 4pm Saturday and Sunday (May 8th and 9th). Wine Tasting is only $5 per person. Feel free to bring snacks or lunch and enjoy them at table in our beautiful vineyard. This is a wonderful time of year as the vine buds are breaking into new shoots that will produce the grape clusters for the next harvest. Every Mother receives a cut flower from one of our many local farms!
Plagido’s Winery (Hammonton)
For $5, you will receive a souvenir glass yours to keep after sampling our award winning wines. Also there will be a wide variety of lite fare and desserts to pair along with award winning wines. We look forward to seeing you.
Sharrott Winery (Blue Anchor)
Join us to celebrate the most influential person in all of our lives, Mom. This Mother’s day give your mother what she really wants and spend some time with her touring and tasting great local wines. Sharrott Winery will have cheese and chocolates to sample along with flowers for all mothers. Our patio is also open to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and a picnic lunch.
Swansea Vineyards (Shiloh)
Complimentary Tasting of 5 wines/Deluxe tasting with souvenir glass for $5
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Swansea Vineyards this weekend and show Mom a little love…with WINE!! Enjoy some light appetizers, delectable desserts, with a glass of wine while relaxing on our patio. Listen to soothing music as Moms take the opportunity to spend some time pampering themselves. Treat Mom to a ‘Minute Massage’ or pick her up a nice gift in our Tasting Room Boutique.
Valenzano Winery (Shamong)
• Live Jazz Performance by 5th Edition Jazz Band
• Chocolate tasting by Our Sweet Place
• Wine Sampling
• Sample our delicious Red White & Blueberry Sangria and Rick’s Famous Blanco Sangria
• Best of Show Catering will be selling lunch, sandwiches and other foods
• Selection of new wine accessories by Top Shelf Specialties
• Gourmet Olive Oils and Vinegars by JD Gourmet
• Book Signing by two fabulous local authors – Kathy Rowe and Kate Tedder