Let’s raise a glass to warmer weather ahead! With Mother’s Day approaching, have you made plans to celebrate the day? I’m really excited to be hosting our annual Mother’s Day Brunch at Folino Estate, however if you’re keeping it low key, a brunch at home may just be the perfect gift. I recently put together a Spring inspired brunch that any mom will be sure to love. Not only does it feature beautiful florals, an easy appetizer, and great brunch wines, I’ve also created a unique sangria bar that will add the perfect touch. I hope you enjoy and cheers to all the amazing moms out there!

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I went with a muted Spring color story, using pinks and creams. I really like the juxtaposition of the acrylic with the wood barrels and wood top. Acrylic is so fun to use because you can write on it with chalk marker and the transparency of it is a neat touch. I added a sprig of jasmine vine behind the menu at each place setting.

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love flowers and for a Spring Mother’s Day Brunch, they’re essential. I decided to do something a little more wild and free reminiscent of a garden growing after all the snow from winter has melted away. I also love that jasmine is in season. It’s one of my favorite flowers after a trip to Charleston. It grows everywhere there and the whole city smells amazing.

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To set my table, I used a lot of the items we are currently carrying in our Tasting Room Gift Shop. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a curated selection of items for your home I personally select to decorate your home and table. These candle sticks are a current favorite with the budding bloom, aged metal and touches of gold.

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I also used our gorgeous pink marble boards as individual place settings or they can be used to make a pretty cheese board. All the pretty little marble and brass bowls are available as well and the perfect vessels for nuts and fruit. The pink tinted glasses with brass rim are also a great Mother’s Day gift and come in stemless, red, white or champagne styles.

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I really can’t get enough of these adorable peacock bowls with a matching spoon.

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Now for the perfect brunch wines. Our newest release is ideal for Brunch and Spring as it’s light to go perfectly with the lighter fare typically served at brunch. It’s our very first wine made from the grapes of our young vineyard, Estate Pinot Grigio.

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Traminette is another great Brunch wine. It’s citrus notes go perfectly with the fruit in many typical Brunch dishes. Also Moms will love those gilded geode wine stoppers, they’re like jewelry for your wine bottle!

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For the Mom who prefers reds, our 2016 Pinot Noir is very fruit forward and light bodied enough to serve early in the day.

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Sangrias are my signature cocktail so I couldn’t resist coming up with a fun spin on a Sangria station. I set up a tea bar with 2 delicious sangria recipes that are ideal for a mid morning/afternoon drink. I used Harney & Sons Jasmine tea (smells unreal) as well as a loose leaf tea line we carry in our gift shop called Pinky Up. The flavor I chose was Rosewater Basil. Check out the recipes below!

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Sparkling Rosewater Basil Tea Sangria

Serves 4

1 bottle of Folino Estate Frizzante Rosato
12 oz brewed Rosewater Basil tea, cooled
Add simple syrup or sugar if prefer a sweeter sangria
Garnish with rose petals and basil
Serve over ice


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Jasmine Tea Sangria

Serves 4

1 Bottle of Folino Estate Traminette
12 oz brewed Jasmine tea, cooled
Add simple syrup or sugar if prefer a sweeter sangria or you can also rim the glass with sugar
Garnish with fresh jasmine flower if available
Serve over ice


Finally, a really simple but delicious dish to serve at Brunch are tartines, or toasts. These can be made seasonally to feature the produce of the season. I used Spring vegetables, like watermelon radishes and carrots. All you need to do is get really great bread, toast it, spread it with a cheese of your choice (I used goat cheese) and top it with your chosen fruit or vegetable. I also added fresh herbs and sprinkled them with sea salt and fresh ground pepper with a drizzle of olive oil.

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That beautiful tray is part of a line of rustic plateware currently available in our gift shop as well.

That beautiful tray is part of a line of rustic plateware currently available in our gift shop as well.

Check out more images from our shoot, hope you enjoyed and Happy Mother’s Day!

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