Say "I love you" with Foods and Wines from Spain
Mother's Day With a Spanish Touch
Spanish wines, chocolates, olive oils and even food-based cosmetics, are just a few our delectable and exquisite gift ideas for this Mother's Day.
An evening of tapas hopping in a historic Spanish town, a walk through century-old vineyards at sunset with a glass of wine in your hand, a Michelin-star meal prepared by any one of this country's prestigious chefs and served in view of the sea... While every son and daughter might want nothing more than to spoil their mother with a trip to Spain for Mother's Day, not all budgets or schedules can accommodate such an effusive gesture of love and gratitude. Nor do they need to, as there are other ways to give Mom a sophisticated and gourmet taste of Spain this Mother's Day. Here are a few of our many favorites:
Say it with gold
...golden Spanish extra virgin olive oil that is, a product that is not only of the highest quality, but that can at times feel like a work of art in its own right. We love the fresh and elegant, Andalusian-inspired designs for the extra virgin olive oil bottles from Cortijo Espíritu Santo, a family owned and operated organic olive oil company in Úbeda (Jaén, Andalusia) that not only emphasizes sustainable, organic production, but also promotes olive-centric, rural tourism. While you're at it, sign up for the company's "Sponsor an olive tree" program, in your mom's name, for a truly unique Mother's Day gift.
Tantalize her palate
and support women in the Spanish wine industry with any of number of the excellent wines produced by female wine makers. Start with the perfect aperitivo, a bottle of Amontillado or Palo Cortado Sherry, from Bodega El Maestro Sierra, an almost two-hundred-year-old Jerez winery helmed by mother-daughter team Pilar Plá and María del Carmen Borrego, with the help of enologist Ana Cabestrero, who left Ribera del Duero more than a decade ago to try her hand in this iconic Andalusian wine making region.
Follow this with a bottle of Venus (a blend of Cariñena, Garnacha and Syrah) or Dido (Garnacha), the two red wines by enologist Sara Pérez, the founder of La Universal winery in DO Montsant, or try the white Dido Blanc, which is a blend of White Garnacha, Viura and Xarel-lo. For experienced wine lovers, try something more exotic like one of the wines made with white Listán blanca or Malvasía grapes, or red variety Negramoll, by young wine maker Victoria Torres of Bodega Matías i Torres, a family winery founded in 1885 on the tiny volcanic island of La Palma (Canary Islands).
Go for variety
with these fantastic and very cute vintage-styled assortments of Spanish products by Petra Mora. Olive oil, cheese, chocolate, jam, wine, craft beer, pâté, cured sausages and olives are just a few of the products that you might expect to find (and do) in these pre-selected "packs", as are more surprising items like an artisanal yoghurt with strawberries from Asturias, a seaweed spread with black olives, canned red partridge in escabeche, truffled eggs, and canned sea urchin roe, among other things. With more than fifty assortments to choose from, unbeatable design and international shipping, Petra Mora might as well be synonymous with "Happy Mother's Day".
and shower Mom with chocolate – but not just any chocolate will do. Try the luxurious bonbons made by El Aderno, a chocolatier from the Canary Island of Tenerife, whose creations are as innovative and elegant as they are delicious. The box of twelve bonbons, in addition to coming in an attractive and colorful box designed by Spanish painter Fernando Álamo, contains an assortment of flavors that include raspberry and ginger, lavender, saffron, apricot and cinnamon, coconut and lemon, and banana, to name a few. Other products include the box of twelve assorted truffles designed by Canarian painter Paco Sánchez and containing typical flavors from these islands like gofio, honeyed rum and sweet red wine, or any other assorted boxes of bonbon with their corresponding singular, artistic design and wonderful chocolate interiors.
Remember what Mother always told you
about beauty being only skin deep? Well, she was right. But that's all the more reason for her to want to treat her skin right, and the line of gastronomy-inspired cosmetics by Spanish olive oil producer La Chinata is a great way to do just that. Creamy soaps, purifying and revitalizing face masks, creams, lotions, exfoliants, toners, serums, sunscreens and more, in addition to a line of shower gels, shaving creams, shampoos and lip care products; all made using extra virgin olive oil, ground olive stones, or other olive derivatives from this Extremadura-based company, which exports to different corners of the world. With their clean and appealing design, and natural ingredients and aromas, these products can be easily combined into the perfect bespoke cosmetics gift packs. They can also be combined with any of La Chinata's extra virgin olive oils and other gourmet products, which include flavored oils, vinegars, sauces, pâtés, jams, spices and salts, vegetable and fish preserves, olives, condiments, and even olive oil infused craft beers, wines and extra virgin olive oil and chocolate bonbons.