by Paullette Gaudet

MothersDayMother's Day doesn't actually require starched shirts, roses, and mimosas: it's just somehow ended up skewing formal, when it's really a celebration of the casual, everyday joys of togetherness that mark the best times of our lives. Since a lot of those times likely involved gathering round the television, this year consider sharing a laid back afternoon of great family movies and fine red wine with Mom. Our shipment's Monteguelfo 2011, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Italy, has a smooth, full-bodied flavor that boasts depths of dark fruit and is perfect for sipping between antipasto snacks. Continue Mom's living-room tour of Italy and its surrounding beach nations with these time-tested faves:

Roman Holiday (1953): Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck conquer Rome (and everyone's hearts!) with just a pixie cut and a scooter. This guaranteed crowd-pleaser glows with stellar cinematography and the solemnly romantic notion of honoring duty above self—just like Mom!

Mamma Mia! (2008): Keep the olives, add some feta! This kaleidoscope of sun, water, and song stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth, who tug at some serious heartstrings between all of the eye- and ear-candy. Fill your glass and your plate before sitting down to watch this one!

Steel Magnolias (1989): "If you don't have anything nice to say, sit next to me!" This classic charmer has it all: mountains of delectable-looking Southern food, a sassy beautician, and chronic illness. You will laugh and cry and ask for seconds, then Mom will tell you it's time for bed, just like the old days.