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SAM WYLIE-HARRIS shortlists some delicious wines to celebrate Mother's Day PLEASE MUM IF you want to bring a sparkle to her eye on Mother's Day (March 15), wine and spirits make an ideal special occasion gift. Especially if inspiration has failed you at the perfume counter, but you know she loves a glass laden with a fragrant bouquet...

GIN PALACES ARE IN SEASON A raspberry G&T before brunch will get the conversation flowing and taste so much better if you up the ante with a bottle of Martin Miller's Gin (PS26, 70cl, Sainsbury's). One of the world's most awarded gins (Good Housekeeping Institute's overall winner 2014), it has gentle botanical aromas and a soft mouthfeel lifted by juniper and lemon on the finish... chin chin!

You'll need 50ml Martin Miller's Gin, 5ml Monin Raspberry Syrup, Fever-Tree Tonic Water, a squeeze of lime and two raspberries for garnish Half fill a high-ball with ice, add the gin and raspberry syrup, then top up with tonic. Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass and garnish with fresh raspberries A REAL PEACH WITH our insatiable thirst for prosecco (sales continue to soar), we never seem to tire of the light, fruity freshness of this fashionable fizz.

However, if you fancy impressing mum with another Venetian speciality, try mixing a bellini with Extra Special Prosecco NV, Italy (PS6 from PS8.50, now until May 7, Asda) - a dry style from the Valdobbiadene region which produces top quality glera grapes. Half fill a chilled Champagne flute with peach juice or peach puree and slowly top with prosecco.

MARLBOROUGH COUNTRY TROPHY winning wines such as TerraVin Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand (PS14.99, oxfordwine.co.uk, pictured right) which hails from one of the most famous regions in the world sell themselves; but with a rugged cowboy on the new-look label and expressive citrus, fennel and white flowers on the nose, this oak-aged sauvignon blanc really does deliver with its dry, racy acidity, beautifully balanced flavours reminiscent of wet grass and freshly squeezed limes.

LATIN FLAIR A far cry from the neutral white wines that are enjoyed the world over but can be decidedly average, Roero Arneis, Cornarea, Canale 2013, Piedmont, Italy (PS16.50, bbr.com) shows beautiful precise fruit that's elegant, refined and quite charming.

Made from armeis, an indigenous Italian variety, there's blossom on the nose and it's characterised by apple, apricot and pear fruit with a gentle, minerally finish.

A perfect lunchtime white with some delicious seafood.

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Date:Mar 1, 2015
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