Pine Ridge's 2008 Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend has elements of citrus, pear and tropical fruits, and floral notes.

Mother's Day has arrived and it's time to impress the special women in your life. With the warm weather arriving, consider a lush, flavorful white custom made for some time on the patio.

Bubbly might be fit for the occasion but one of my go-to whites for the spring and summer is the 2008 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier ($14.99).

Pine Ridge is a small Napa Valley producer with a focus on full-bodied red wines, particularly its Cabernet Sauvignons from prized vineyards. All of its grapes are night-harvested to retain their fresh, vibrant fruit character, and then hand-sorted. Only the best grapes make it into the final stages of becoming the finished product.

The reds are a bit pricey but well worth the money. The Chenin Blanc-Viognier is a white that's a stellar value and consistently good year to year. For the 2008 vintage, the blend is 81 percent Chenin Blanc and 19 percent Viognier. The grapes are harvested at different times to capture both varietals at their peak.

With the blend, you get the best of both grapes in one bottle. The Chenin Blanc brings citrus and pear flavors while the Viognier rounds out the wine with some body, tropical fruits and floral notes, and some aromatic lift. Pine Ridge sources these grapes from some of the top growers in the Clarksburg region.

Give this wine a chill and mom a call. She'll appreciate the thought.


Donnie Austin, a certified sommelier, is owner of House Wine -- www.housewine.biz -- in Worthington.