There are few things nicer in this world than a cup full of cheer during the holidays.  in this case, it’s a bit of a bubble, in the form of MummNapa Valley.

Mumm Napa is a division of the classic french house Mumm, which has been producing sparkling wines of distinction for almost 200 years.  The von Mumm family, can be traced back to the 12th century. In 1761, Peter Arnold Mumm started the wine business which continues today.

Cuvee M
is a value priced sparkler, at $20 and is a pleasant, if simple offering.  I found it a touch sweet for my personal taste, but very nice in a Pomegranate Mimosa.  There were strong flavors of honey, peaches, strawberries, and buttered caramel, nectarine, and some caramel notes.  Pair this with some Christmas cookies, and it’s a STRONG BUY for value and great taste.

Mumm Brut Prestige is more my style, crisp and lean.  This sparkler is made from over 50 different sources in Napa valley, and is crisp with zesty citrus flavors followed by yeasty and vanilla.  For only $20 (usually less retail) it is a great wine to celebrate the every day.  I had this with Thai Food on New Year’s Eve and it went wonderfully with the spicy curry as the crisp acidity cut through the creaminess of the coconut milk.  STRONG BUY

I used to be a Mumm club member many  years ago, and I still enjoy sitting on the deck on the Silverado Trail, sipping bubbly, watching the vineyards on a warm summer day.    With 13 sparklers and several more still wines, this should be a stop any on any oenophiles tour of Napa.

Bubbles were provided by Mumm Napa Valley, Thai Food provided by my blood swear and tears, as well as Tawan’s Thai Food.


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