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Finding a way to thank the woman who brought you into the world is not easy, especially when you leave it to the last minute. But we guarantee that if she likes wine, you'll find a gift idea here.
First off, determine how much you have to spend. Then reconsider after you take into account how many of her wine glasses you have broken and how many of her bottles you have quaffed. Then decide -- are you going to make it (as in dinner) or buy it?
From gourmet to fast and easy, we have the recipes that will turn your dinner into a hit. Editor at large Harvey Steiman creates everything from appetizers to main dishes and desserts and suggests a wine match for each dish. If you have your own favorite recipe in mind, highlight the flavors by making sure to pair it up with the perfect wine.
If dinner out is more your style, catch up on all the hot restaurants we've reviewed and featured in our Dining Out section. Or find a Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant in your area by using the Restaurant Search.
Maybe Mom just wants an addition to her cellar (or replacements for all the bottles you drank). Find the right wines by using the Wine Search. When you have decided which wines you want or have determined you need help selecting the perfect wine, use the Wine Retailer Search to find a store near you. If you're buying on a budget, you may want to see what assistant managing editor Kim Marcus suggested during last month's chat.
Take a virtual stroll through our Gift Shop to see if anything screams "Mom." There are books on wine, back issues of Wine Spectator, a vast array of products from International Wine Accessories -- and even a special version of Monopoly. Something is bound to strike the fancy of even the mother who claims to have everything.
Of course, nothing could be easier than giving a gift subscription to Wine Spectator. Sign her up for a new one or call 1-800-395-3364 to renew. Or, if she enjoys having more than 65,000 wine reviews at her fingertips, consider a full-access subscription to Wine Spectator Online. (If you're running out of time and would like us to send an e-mail notice of the online gift, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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