Mommy Mixologist: A busy mom’s guide to living life to the fullest glass

Life's a Bitch and then you drink

As a wife and working mom of two drama-filled girls, it's not hard to find a reason to drink. Although my palette is not professionally trained, in my almost 40 years I have formed an idea of what I do and don’t like. On a recent trip to Central Market, my interest was piqued by a pretty pink label with a twist.

R Winery, Australia (Imported by The Grateful Palate)

This red is much more than a kitsch novelty gift. Its light flavor and smooth finish will warm the hardest of hearts. I’m not familiar with grenache, but I would liken it to a pinot with punch. The 15.5 percent alcohol content (at least a full 1 percent more than most of the wines in my bar) gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

Cost: $11.95, 750 milliliters

Bitch Bubbly Sparkling Wine

R Winery, Australia (Imported by The Grateful Palate)

It’s hard to find a toast-worthy bubbly that all of your guests will like. Equal amounts of sweet and dry make this the perfect selection for a couple’s dinner party or girls’ night out. The mini bottle makes a great stocking stuffer or party favor.

Cost: $4.99, 187 milliliters, $9.99, 750 milliliters

Available at area Central Market stores.

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Heather Witherspoon