POSTED ON March 23, 2007 | IN Tasting Rooms | BY joe

If you are visiting wineries on the Silverado Trail side of Napa, Mumm Napa is an excellent choice. Mumm Napa has a wonderful tour, an outstanding photography gallery, and several options for tasting flights of their sparkling wine. The tasting area overlooks a beautiful stretch of vineyards.

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During mid-week, we took the 11:00 am tour at Mumm Napa. The two of us were the only ones on the tour. Our tour guide gave us a concise and informative tour. She figured out this was not our first sparkling wine tour and tailored the tour accordingly. The tours at Mumm Napa are complimentary and are on the hour from 10 to 3 pm daily.

Following the tour we went into the tasting room where we sat at one of the window tables that overlook the vineyards. We chose one of the flights that included three samples of sparkling wines. On the Mumm Napa web site, they have a coupon for a two-for-one tasting, and a coupon for a discount on purchases in their wine shop. Coupons are a rarity in the Napa Valley.

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Each year, the winery hosts the Mustard Festival’s amateur and professional photography contest in their beautiful photography gallery. The photographs are displayed throughout the gallery for several weeks. Contest winners are announced at Mumm Napa, at the final Mustard event at the end of March. During the rest of the year, the gallery is host to a fabulous collection of Ansel Adams photographs.

The Good: The photography gallery with a permanent collection of Ansel Adams photographs, delicious flights of sparkling wine, and the view.
The Bad: Very crowded on weekends.

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