Greetings, Mumm Napa family!
Winter is a beautiful time in Napa. There is a certain peacefulness to the landscape of dormant vines. The grass in the vineyards is green with pops of bright, cheerful, yellow mustard blooming. It’s hard to imagine that spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the new growing season. Another harvest will be on us in no time! For now, I’m enjoying the slower season. The cellar is busy blending the wines from 2023 and we’ll start tirage bottling in a couple short weeks.
We’ll bottle the wines with sugar and yeast and then let the yeast do their magic fermenting the sugar to create the bubbles we love so much. This is the traditional method of sparkling winemaking. I always love tasting the wines as they evolve and age through the process. The more time a wine spends aging with the yeast, the toastier it becomes. This is what makes extended tirage wines so special. With the rush of the holidays in the rearview mirror, this is also the time of year where I enjoy smaller gatherings with friends and family. We might invite friends over for a dinner of fresh crab and salad or drive out to the coast to pick up a bag of oysters to share. I’m looking forward to pairing the new 2019 Blanc de Blancs Reserve with winter seafood delicacies such as these. It shows a lovely balance of fruit and toast that pairs beautifully with a wide variety of foods. Whichever wine you choose and with whomever
you choose to share it, I hope you take some time to appreciate the peaceful beauty of winter. It will be over before you know it!