When planning our trip Napa, Mumm Napa was at the top of our list. In fact, it’s the first winery we scheduled on the tour. There’s no better way to kick off a day of wine tasting than with a glass (or two!) of bubbly. The effervescent bubbles and bright crisp flavors are perfect on a clear palette.
Established in California in the late 1970s, Mumm Napa follows traditional wine making techniques of its French heritage. Considering we’re Francophiles’ and adore French wine, we knew we were in for some special tastings.
From the moment we walked in Mumm Napa was inviting, cozy and excelled in customer service where other Napa wineries failed (we’re looking at you Rutherford Hills). Since we were the first to arrive for that early 10am slot, we were seating front row, which means gorgeous hillside and Rutherford vineyards views. Unfortunately it was a pretty overcast day, but it was calming and breathtaking nevertheless.
Upon seating we were immediately greeted with water and their tasting menu. Where as many wineries limit you to a “red” and “white” option, Mumm Napa had quite a few tasting options to choose from including: Toast Today (signature options you can find at your local grocery store), Club Spotlight (options you can buy online) and Perfect Pick (options you can only purchase at the winery).
Most of us ended up ordering the Perfect Pick tasting package. It felt a bit special to taste wines you aren’t able to get outside the winery. In addition, were were sold when told it included a full glass at the end of the tasting of our choosing, even if it wasn’t on the tasting menu we ordered.
Votes for “favorite of the day” were across the board at the end of the tasting. Some preferred the peach notes of the Sparkling Pino Meunier while others preferred the classic Brut Reserve rose, which is usually my favorite. The rose is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay sparkling wine with a lovely blush color. The Cuvee M Red wasn’t on our tasting menu, so I opted for that when it came time for our full glass. While it had mixed reviews at the table, it ended up being my favorite, so purchased a few bottles to take home. Definitely a twist on a classic. Sweet reds get me every time.
It’s clear Mumm Napa is serious about creating a positive experience for all guests. In addition to a “no tipping” policy, they also show their commitment to non-drinkers by serving them a non-alcoholic bubbly grape juice beverage on the house. Non-drinkers were not shown this same curtesy at other wineries we visited. A totally unexpected perk our entire table was appreciative of. For the record, after one sip, a few of us even ordered some bubbly grape juice to accompany our tasting. Now THAT needs to be bottled up and sold. We’d each order a case.
All in all Mumm Napa was the collectives favorite out of our entire stay. From the chilled bubbly to the friendly staff, Mumm Napa goes above and beyond to create a lasting impression. It was the perfect choose to kick off the day, and had we had time, it would have made a great ending. Maybe next time.
Address – 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94573
Tastings – $25-$35 depending on the level you select
Reservations – Recommended but not required for fewer than six guests.