Experience Mumm Napa This Season

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Napa Valley may be most known for its cabernet sauvignon, but don’t discount the beauty of sparkling wine from Napa — particularly when your palate needs a break from the big, bold red wines. Hello, palate cleanser! Though you can’t refer to California sparkling wine as “Champagne” — that’s reserved for bubbly coming out of the Champagne region of France — this beloved celebratory drink has long been revered in Napa Valley, making a name for itself as a premier region for sparkling wine.

Among those producers who have paved the way for sparkling production in Napa Valley is Mumm Napa, which was founded in the late 1970s after the leading French Champagne brand, G.H. Mumm, recognized the enormous potential for producing exceptional sparkling wine in Napa. Mumm Napa released its first vintage in 1983, and has since carried on the tradition of producing hand-crafted sparkling wine from the prominent grapes of Champagne: chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunier, and pinot gris. Made in a wide variety of styles, from brut to demi sec, and varietals, from the classic Brut Prestige to the award-winning DVX, each of Mumm’s sparkling wines is produced using the traditional winemaking techniques of its French heritage, formally known as the Méthode Traditionnelle.

While one can enjoy Mumm’s array of California bubblies at home and for any occasion — sparkling wine has a way of elevating everything from milestone events to Tuesday night take-out — the best way to fully appreciate Mumm’s dedication to their craft is by visiting their Rutherford winery in person.

Fall is a great time of year to visit, as the vineyards display gorgeous shades of red and gold, but it’s also an opportune time for sparkling wine lovers to stock up before the holidays — especially since the winery just released their much-anticipated Sparkling Pinot Noir. This fun, elegant, relatively rare 100% pinot noir sparkling wine is a must for Thanksgiving fare and holiday spreads. Shares winemaker Tami Lotz, “I’m still finalizing the dishes I’ll prepare for the holidays, but there is one thing that will always be on the table: a bottle of Sparkling Pinot Noir. I love the way this lighter expression of pinot noir unites all the varied flavors of the Thanksgiving table.”

Mumm Napa Tasting Experiences

To experience Mumm Napa, and to be among the first to taste their new Sparkling Pinot Noir, you can book a reservation for any of these three tasting experiences:

Outdoor Patio Tasting

Featuring sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards, this casual 60-minute experience on the outdoor terrace includes a hand-picked flight of reserve sparkling wines. If a tasting isn’t your thing, you can choose from the extended by the glass menu, then sit back and enjoy every delicious sip.

Price: $40 per person / complimentary for Club Vivant Members. Limited to groups of six or less.

Vineyard Green Tasting

Available Fridays through Sundays, this one-hour al fresco tasting includes a selection of reserve wines by the flight or by the glass, enjoyed from the relaxed setting of the Vineyard Green patio. As with the Outdoor Patio tasting, this experience is made even better by the unobstructed views of the surrounding vineyards.

Price: $40 per person / complimentary for Club Vivant Members. Limited to groups of four or less.

Oak Terrace Tasting

For a more extensive introduction to Mumm’s sparkling wine offerings, book the Oak Terrace Tasting. This 75-minute experience, held on the leisurely Oak Terrace overlooking the vines, includes a flight of four limited-production sparkling wines, such as the Brut Rosé and their tête de cuvée, the DVX, and is served alongside a special selection of artisan cheeses, dried fruit, and nuts to complement each wine.

Price: $75 per person / $60 for Club Vivant Members. Limited to groups of six or less.

Reservations are required in advance for all tasting experiences and guests must be 21 or older.

Images courtesy of Mumm Napa

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Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Hana-Lee Sedgwick is a writer and editor based in Santa Barbara, California. A Certified Specialist of Wine and Sommelier, Hana-Lee specializes in all things wine, food, and travel, and her work regularly appears in publications such as The Tasting Panel, Edible, and Food & Home. Follow her on Instagram at @wanderandwine.