POSTED ON September 21, 2008 | IN Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms | BY Joe Becerra

Mumm Napa is the fourth winery on our Carneros — Napa Valley Sparkling Wine Trail. After visiting Domaine Chandon we head up Highway 29 to Oakville Cross Road and take that road over to the Silverado Trail. Mumm Napa is about two miles north. At Mumm Napa there are three things a visitor must do.

The first is to take the Mumm Napa tour. There is one every hour between 10 am and 3 pm. The 45-minute tour is free and gives an excellent overview of how sparkling wine is made at Mumm Napa.

The second thing a visitor needs to do is to taste. The tasting is done on the Mumm Napa terrace and this is just a wonderful place to enjoy a festive glass of sparkling wine. The terrace has an amazing view of the vineyards stretching out to the west with beautiful mountains in the background. There are various tasting menus and the Mumm Napa Web site has a coupon good for a two-for-one basic tasting.

The third activity is to visit the Mumm Napa art gallery. There is no other winery in the Napa Valley that has such a beautiful gallery. The gallery houses a stunning collection of 30 Ansel Adams original photographs. There are also various exhibits throughout the year and during the Mustard Festival Mumm Napa hosts and exhibits entries for the Mustard Festival Photography Contest.

Mumm Napa is affiliated with the famous French Champagne house of G.H. Mumm. Mumm Champagne holds a special place in our hearts. We were introduced to wine and Champagne many years ago when Joe’s sister returned from France with three bottles of Mumm Champagne. We toasted to Joe’s 21st birthday. What a way to launch a lifelong love of fine wines.

The Good: The free tour, delicious sparkling wine with fantastic vineyard views.
The Bad: We would love to be able to picnic here.