Wine me. Dine me. Quarantine me.
by Maya Tomasa
FAR TOO LONG, mom has been locked away from friends and the purpose that comes from her work. Maybe close quarters have made everyone edgy at times. Like everyone else, she’s feeling a little less sexy, a little too comfy, a little less engaged and, at times, enraged. It’s time to spin her head and remind her how much she means to you and the family. It’s time, in this hour of humanity, to have some surprise boxes show up on the front porch to put together a basket of love for her.
For the double bottom line, support a local company from the Pacific Northwest. We’re all in this together and we’ll come through stronger. Here is a healthy basket of goods, we culled a short from some of our favorite local vendors in the Pacific Northwest.
All of our categories and vendors are set up for convenient delivery or pickup so you can stay remote and keep us all safe while enjoying the little rewards of life.
Moonstruck Chocolate Co’s Willamette Valley Winery Truffle Collection
The Salty Nutty Toffee Bar from Alma
Food and Drink
Cocktail kits from Seattle bars.
Mother’s Day brunch to go from Elephants Delicatessen
Wild-caught salmon from Wild Alaskan Company
Easy-order beautiful PNW wines from:
Maryhill Winery Zinfandel Reserve
Tumwater Vineyard pinot noir and chardonnay
Irvine & Roberts Vineyards pinot noir, meunier and chardonnay
Alima Pure is woman-owned and a sustainable B Corp. Triple bottom line!
Bee You Organics is a Spokane-based organic beauty product boutique
Yoga and Meditation
Zoom at home with Barre Above, an online wellness class that fuses pilates, ballet and yoga.
Joanna Dunn is a masterful yoga and meditation instructor with recorded and live yoga classes.
Naturally, any Mother’s Day basket without chocolate is a sin of omission. Don’t worry though, we’ve got a couple of sinful suggestions on how to redeem yourself.
Moonstruck Chocolate Co., drenched in chocolate fame, presents the best in its trade chocolate truffles combined with the best in Willamette Valley wine—through its Willamette Valley Winery Truffle Collection. Take, for example, a dark chocolate vessel holding an Oregon pinot noir from Erath Winery with a hint of spicy cherry. For fun, a Sokol Blosser rosé enshrined in Moonstruck divine white chocolate. You’re not above begging, are you?
Truly go all in with the Salty Nutty Toffee Bar from Alma, a boutique toffee and caramel maker in Portland. If nothing else is going right in mom’s day or week, this 74 percent dark chocolate bar with toasted pistachios, hazelnuts, toffee chunks and sea salt will be the thing that turns that all around. Happiness is when chocolate and crunch coincide. Alma is the soul of that marriage. Order online from Alma’s website.
Food and Drink
One thing that we’ve gotten very good at while sheltering at home is ordering food and making new recipes at home. With Wild Alaskan Company and Elephants Delicatessen you can do either/or as Kierkegaard would advise or both/and we would suggest. The new Velvet lipstick will put a natural smile on her lips.
Help support the hardest hit Seattle downtown bars by takeout cocktail kits from some of your favorite mixologists. In March, the state liquor board relaxed laws that prohibited sales of closed bottles. For this unusual period in history, you can take out cocktail kits and learn from the best. Rocket Tacos margarita kits, Willmott’s Ghost’s negronis, Lady Jaye’s old fashioned kits and more. Eater Seattle has the best roundup.
Elephants Delicatessen has pickup, takeout and delivery to satisfy everyone’s tastes. The Mother’s Day Brunch menu is a delight. From its vegetable frittata to Dungeness crab cakes to an applewood smoked ham dinner for six, Elephants Delicatessen will strike the right balance for mom. Free delivery for Portland Metro orders more than $50.
Dress up for Mother’s Day brunch with wild-caught salmon from Wild Alaskan Company. Run by third-generation fisherman, Arron Kallenberg, Wild Alaskan Company is sustainably caught and delivered salmon and white fish to your door. Every cool-packed box is either recyclable, compostable or dissolves in water. Join the recycling and real food movements and bring home real taste with wild-caught Alaskan salmon.
Reading is sexy and, with so much captive time, it’s time to let your mind wander and travel. Catching up on classics or getting the latest Booker Prize winner is easy through Oregon and Washington iconic booksellers, Powell’s City of Books and Elliot Bay Bookstores. Check out staff recommendations on both sites to begin your journey. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, or Insomniac City by Bill Hayes will both keep her up late.
Let’s check in. You have chocolate, cocktails and really good food. Now it’s time to win Mother’s Day with stunningly luscious wines from the PNW. Here are some of our favorites that are also making it exceedingly easy to have delivered to your door.
For a Washington gold standard, Maryhill Winery Zinfandel Reserve is a lively way to celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s like making a pie and building a fire for mom all in one sip. Maryhill’s tasting rooms in Vancouver, Woodinville, Spokane and Goldendale are open to bottle and case purchases. See the Maryhill Winery website for more information and discounts.
Beautiful Tumwater Vineyard pinot noirs and chardonnays are made by winemaker Laurent Montalieu, a veteran of Napa Valley and a graduate of the Institute of Oenology Bordeaux. In addition to its regular shipping of its wines, Tumwater Vineyard offers free local delivery in the Portland area, scheduled pickups and a 15% discount on purchases of four bottles or more.
Father south in the Ashland area, Irvine & Roberts Vineyards is making waves in the industry with its own pinot noirs, meuniers and chardonnays. From its pastoral plot southeast of Ashland, Irvine & Roberts has brought more attention to the wines in the region through its own success. You can make their success your indulgence with free shipping on an order of six bottles or more. For those its Southern Oregon neighbors, the vineyard will deliver free to you.
Brighten her day with a bottle of 2019 Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Rosè of Pinot Noir, a perfect wine for sipping in your backyard while paired with wild-caught salmon sliders, ahi tuna, grilled chicken and fresh summer salads. As the spring warmth envelops you, a liberating rosé with aromas of juicy strawberry, watermelon and peach will set mom free.
Ladies, don’t let your regimen slip, even while in quarantine. There’s still time and place for a flawless face. But turn over a new leaf—literally—with plant-based makeup. Beeswax, avocado oil, aloe vera seed extract and other natural ingredients are the foundation of this local company’s take on makeup. Alima Pure, based in Portland, is also woman-owned and a sustainable B Corp. Triple bottom line!
Bee You Organics is a Washington story of one mom who wanted to rid her house of chemicals. As a girl who was hit by a drunk driver and spent her teens trying to cover facial scars with makeup, Larissa Warren, eventually started a zero waste organic beauty product business. Discounts are available and free shipping for any orders more than $55.
Yoga and Meditation
Ultimately the most important thing over this historic Mother’s Day, is to stay healthy. Here are a couple of good ways for mom to do that from the comfort of your house.
Strengthen and tone through Zoom at home with Barre Above, an online wellness class that fuses pilates, ballet and yoga. Taught from studios in Bend and Sisters, your first (Mother’s Day) class is free and, if it feels right, continue for rates that range from approximately $10 per session.
Looking for peace of mind and harmony of body? Based in Leavenworth, Joanna Dunn is a masterful yoga and meditation instructor who teaches internationally. She offers recorded and live yoga classes through her website. You will find a range of styles, including beginner yoga, slow paced Vinyasa, restorative yoga, as well as somatic movement and meditation.