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.