Pink Moscato SangriaI hope everyone is busy planning their Mother’s Day festivities! Whether your the lady being celebrated, or are lucky enough to be celebrating with your mom this year – I think there’s one thing most ladies in your life could use: a lovely cocktail that includes lots of fresh berries this Mother’s Day! One of my favorite wines to drink in the summer months are Moscatos – and I’ve been seeing more and more of them pop up on the shelves these days. They are light and fruity, and if they’re good  - not to sweet.

One of my favorites is Bello Boy, a Moscato infused with rose petals to give it a distinct flavor, and a gorgeous shade of rose. It’s delicious, light & complex at the same time. The man behind it is Jaime Laurita, a well-known chef who’s worked with many notable people and artists in his culinary career. Incidentally, he also happens to be of the Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Laurita crew, which I’ve made no secret is a guilty pleasure. He’s got a couple bubbly wines under his label now, as well as some other wonderful Italian products – top notch olive oils and dried pastas to name a few.

The sangria comes together in a snap, and just gets better as it sits and the flavors mingle. I went with a berry theme – choosing strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. But really, any combo of fruit would be wonderful. Looking forward to fresh peaches from the orchard down the street, they’ll be a wonderful addition.

And to celebrate Mother’s Day, I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway! For the past couple months or so, I’ve totally been crushing on the folks over at Hen House Linens. They’re based right here in Maryland, and their selection of fun, colorful prints is out of this world. Any fellow food bloggers will know what I mean when I say “kid in a candy store”. They’ve been so kind to offer an adorable cocktail apron to one lucky winner. All you need to do is comment below answering the question: What are your plans for this Mother’s Day weekend? I’m looking forward to spending time with all my guys. And on Sunday, our first taste of crabs for the year at The Red Roost with my parents. It’s become our Mother’s Day tradition. You have to take a 2-car ferry to get there – the boys just love it, and so do we!Hen House LinensWant a couple of extra entries?:

Like Hen House Linens on Facebook – leave a separate comment letting us know you did so.
Like Bello Boy Moscato on Facebook – leave a separate comment letting us know you did so.

Contest will end Thursday, May 16 2012 @ 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be selected using a random number generator.

Congratulations to Entrant #2 – Diana. Thanks so much for entering, everyone!

Disclaimer: I received Bello Boy Moscato and Hen House linens to review at no cost. As always, all opinions are my own.

45 Comments

  1. Amanda
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

    That looks so refreshing! It turns out that my vegan mom and my sister will be visiting for non-mother’s day purposes, so I’m hoping to take them to the wonderful Krishna restaurant in town!

  2. Diana Albers
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

    My daughter asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I replied, all I honestly want was to spend the day with my (grown) children and grandchildren, that is the best gift I could get!! :0)

  3. Barb
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

    Enjoying a good bottle of wine with my daughter while my husband grills turkey burgers and sweet potato fries. Can’t wait.

  4. Maureen
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    I know it is two days before Mother’s Day but I honestly do not know what I am going to do.

  5. Elaine Tsai
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    Hi:
    The sangria looks very refreshing. For Mother’s Day my husband and youngest daughter are taking me out for brunch and for dinner we are having a dear friend and her family over for a BBQ the family lost their husband and father last October and I didn’t want her to spend the day at home.

  6. Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    Having my family over for a BBQ!

  7. sue
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM | Permalink

    That sangria looks yummalicious. I think I will make a pitcher for Sunday’s dinner.
    As for what I am up to that day, my darling beloved Big Kid is taking his sister, Dad, and I out for lunch at the Grille. I’m totally excited because they are going to have cream of crab soup, which I LOVE. The only thing that could possibly make it better is being with my favorite people in the world. And for dinner we are heading to a friend’s house where the guys are smoking and the women will be ummm, sharing sangrias :)

  8. Posted May 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM | Permalink

    YUM! We are spending Mother’s day morning in Maine with John’s mom – catching a 2 p.m. flight and will have dinner with my mom back in NYC. Phew…exhausted already but excited to celebrate with 2 special women :)

  9. Posted May 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    I like Bello Boy on Facebook!

  10. Posted May 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    I like Hen House Linens on Facebook! And you too ;) which doesn’t count but is still fun!

  11. Estrella
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

    My husband wants to take me & our infant daughter hiking, then he’s going to make me some chicken alfredo, and a yummy chocolate cake!

  12. Estrella
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM | Permalink

    I liked hen house linens on fb :)

  13. Sadie
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:26 PM | Permalink

    My mom has to work, so does my husband. It will just be baby girl and I. I’ll likely make her pancakes and head to a park if the weather is nice.

  14. Posted May 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM | Permalink

    I’m a Maryland girl too! I celebrated Mother’s Day with my mom last weekend and we went out to dinner on Friday and had brunch on Saturday:-)

  15. Mills
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM | Permalink

    We are going to Wuppertal to ride the suspended monorail trains, maybe hit either Aachen, Cologne, and Duesseldorf for grocery shopping and dinner!

  16. Posted May 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Cute apron. I’m going to have to check out the local stores that carry Hen House Linens – I’ve never heard of them before.

    My mom visits on Sunday. All other plans are up in the air. I’m *hoping* my husband plans something for my first mother’s day. I guess we’ll see!

  17. Posted May 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

    My mom and I are flea marketing, one of our favorite activities. :]

  18. Posted May 10, 2013 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    I have no plans yet.

  19. Posted May 10, 2013 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    I liked Hen House Linens on Facebook.

  20. Debra Ann Schummer Albright
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

    I will be spending mothers day with 3 of my kids & my husband. I will be celebrating a belated mothers day with my oldest daughter on May 28 when she arrives in town to attend her sisters graduation. I am blessed to have 4 of the most amazing budding young adults one could ever have the privilege of knowing.
    It feels as if it was only yesterday when I gave birth to each of them, & now the 3rd one of them is graduating leaving me with one more here in the home to Mommy <3

  21. Debra Ann Schummer Albright
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    Liked Hen House Linens on Facebook

  22. Debra Ann Schummer Albright
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM | Permalink

    Liked Bello Boy Moscato on Facebook

  23. Tricia
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM | Permalink

    Since I’m the cook of the bunch….if I don’t want to starve….guess what I’ll be doing…..

  24. Shannon C
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM | Permalink

    Thousands of miles away from my mom, so I’ll give her a call and then I’ll be watching the Survivor finale =p

  25. Courtney
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM | Permalink

    Looks so yummy!! My 4 year old twins and husband are taking me out to dinner where we will meet up with my parents and my sister and her family. Happy Mothers Day!!

  26. Courtney
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Just “liked” Hen House Linens on FB!

  27. Courtney
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    Just ‘liked’ Bello Boy Moscato on FB!

  28. Posted May 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM | Permalink

    No plans — my mom is many states away! I sent her a pretty card and will call her tomorrow.

  29. Angela
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    “Goin don de ocean hon” (OC, MD) taking advantage of a 3 day weekend, having our first crabs of the season, and letting our three boys play like wild men on a big empty beach. Happy Mother’s Day!!

    • Posted May 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

      My neck of the woods – enjoy!

      • Angela
        Posted May 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM | Permalink

        Thanks! Our boys played on the beach for 3 hours today…it was so chilly but they didn’t care:)

  30. Angela
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM | Permalink

    I liked Henhouse Linens on fb :)

  31. WyoDi
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

    Pink Mascato – liked FB page and now I want some wine!!

  32. Becky T
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    My plans included sending a gift and calling my mom!

  33. Becky T
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    I liked Bello Boy Moscato on facebook!

  34. Kristen
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    My plans were to call my mom and give her big virtual hugs since I couldn’t be home with her!

  35. Greta
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    This mothers day I took a seven hour bus ride to my hometown to spend time with my mom. We were saying goodbye to the house she grew up in that we recently sold on the anniversary of my grandmother passing. Not quite a cheerful holiday- but one full of remembering amazing memories! One thing these two women passed on to me was a vintage apron collection- one that I would love to continue to build and grow for my future children! This is a beautiful apron!

  36. Posted May 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    Well crap. I mis-read that. Mother’s Day–I cooked for a banquet.

  37. Posted May 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM | Permalink

    We were at my MIL’s house since it was also her 60th birthday. It was a fun weekend!

  38. Tonya
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    I am a critical care nurse in the icu and I worked mothers day. But we made the best of it, spoiling eachother with an amazing spread of food for our break.

  39. Tonya
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    I checked out and “liked” Hen HOuse Iinens ! They have some beautiful stuff!

  40. Tonya
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    I also checked out and “liked” Bello BOy Moscato’s page… have never had their Moscato, but look forward to trying it, the rose petal essence is intriguing to me

  41. Sarah
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    My husband and son spent the day with me working in our vegetable garden.

  42. Sarah
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    I Liked Hen House Linens on Facebook

  43. Sarah
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    I Liked Bello Boy Moscato on Facebook

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