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NorCal Wine Blog
Going to Our Happy Place
- Winery Profiles
- Written by Fred Swan
- Wednesday, 25 February 2009 23:19
Imagine yourself on an expansive wood terrace overlooking a beautiful vineyard. There is a light spring breeze in your face. Napa Valley sunlight is softened by the leaves of an ancient oak tree. Pepper the deck with your best friends. Give everyone a glass of fine, vintage sparkling wine. That is a “happy place” we’d all like to go to. And you can.
Mumm Napa has opened a new luxury terrace at their visitor center. For just $30, you can spend an afternoon lounging on the comfortable furniture with your feet up. And you get two flutes of gently-aged vintage sparkling wine from their library. If you prefer, you can choose a food pairing sampler for two. That comes with cheese, nuts, fruit and sparkling wine and is just $20. Additional options are available.
Mumm has long been one of our favorite California sparkling houses. We served their vintage Carneros Winery Lake at our wedding. Mumm Napa DVX is on our short-list of premium domestic sparklers that you can count on. They have a wide variety of wines available, some of which can be purchased on-site only.
Included among the wines available only in the tasting room is a new, non-vintage Santana Brut. It was poured at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers and we sampled it again at the winery. It’s creamy but still crisp and offers flavors of both apple and red fruit along with rich toast and vanilla notes. Made by Mumm’s winemaker, Ludovic Dervin, with a unique dosage created in collaboration with musician Carlos Santana. A portion of all profits from the wine go to the Milagro Foundation and benefits underprivileged children.
Mumm Napa was founded in 1979, a joint venture between the famous Mumm family of Champagne and Seagram & Sons. It quickly developed a reputation as both a provider of fine sparkling wines and a very enjoyable destination for Napa Valley visitors. Now under the Pernod-Ricard umbrella, as are the Champagne houses of Mumm and Perrier-Jouet, Mumm Napa continues that heritage. They keep improving the experience for customers and Mumm Napa is also an active host of local events, including the 16th Annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival.
We checked out their new VIP area last week and really enjoyed our time there. After a morning blind-tasting 60 different Napa Cabernets, the crisp fruit, gentle toast and tiny bubbles in our glasses of vintage Blanc de Blancs were tremendously refreshing. The place looks great too, with ipe decking, stone terrace walls, and a sandy area closer down to the vineyard. If it’s a bit chilly out, there are fire pits to warm you. The seating is very plush. We could have stayed there all day. Sadly, duty called.
Mumm Napa is located in Rutherford at 8445 Silverado Trail, between Rutherford Cross Road and Oakville Cross Road. They are open daily for tours, tastings and private events. There is also a very nice photo gallery on site too. For more information on visiting the winery and exhibits, call 707-967-7700 or visit their website: http://www.mummnapa.com.
This article is original to NorCalWine.com. Copyright 2009 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved.