Woman on Wine
with Amy Reiley
Why G. H. Mumm’s sparkling wines from Napa are perfect for spring
G. H. Mumm is one of the best-known and highest-regarded of France’s Champagne houses. In the late 1970’s Mumm chose to invest in California, and established a sparkling wine brand based in Napa. The winery’s estate vineyard is located in the Carneros, which is now a well-known sparkling wine region. Carneros is popular with sparkling wine producers because of its cool climate, thanks to the region’s close proximity to the San Francisco Bay. It’s these Carneros grapes, along with the firm commitment to making sparkling wine in the French tradition, which has given Mumm Napa a reputation as one of the greatest sparkling wine producers in America.
Sparkling wine for springtime
Although most wine writers feature sparkling wines around the Holidays and New Year’s Eve, I feel that the cusp of spring is a perfect time to feature Mumm Napa. A common thread through this sparkling wine house’s lineup is a vibrancy that speaks to me of springtime and freshness. These are the kind of wines I would want served to me on Easter or at a spring brunch, bridal shower or just a pick-me-up on one of the last gloomy days of winter.
The Mumm Napa wine lineup
Mumm Napa produces more than 15 sparking wines plus Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris still wines. The three sparkling wines I’ve chosen to recommend run the gamut of price but exude that essence of vibrancy I feel is the Mumm Napa signature.
NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
This is your drink at brunch: a fresh, fun, affordable bottle of bubbly everyone will enjoy. It’s a wine that’s widely distributed and even comes in 187ml bottles for those times when you just want a glass of bubbles and have nobody to share it with. It offers notes of lemon, ripe melon and a hint of vanilla.
NV Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs
A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes, this bubbly is the sort of wine you choose to toast your mother-in-law’s birthday. It has a special occasion look, texture and flavor but its price tag won’t break the bank. The wine is crisp and acidic with floral aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, apple and a hint of fresh bread.
Mumm Napa DVX
This is Mumm Napa’s prestige wine. A beautiful, big wine, it was made to compete with the best sparkling wines in the world–and it does. I’ve had the opportunity to try a few vintages. Each vintage varies slightly because the grapes are selected from the best of the vintage. But whichever vintage you purchase, you can count on a mouth-filling, rich wine perfect for accompanying an elegant dinner party or romantic dinner for two.
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