kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Another winner from Mumm Napa Valley

I did a wine tasting a few weeks ago, where the hosts served flutes of Mumm Napa Valley Brut Prestige as guests were arriving. I've always been a big fun of this domestic sparkling wine house, and one of my favorites is their Cuvee M--reviewed on this blog awhile back.

The Brut Prestige is another gorgeous offering. Guests were raving about it at the event, commenting that it was one of the best sparklers they had ever tasted--domestic or not--and that they couldn't believe it was under $20 a bottle (it's about $18 in wine stores in No. VA).

It's medium-bodied, with hints of melon and vanilla, rather than crisp fruits, but there is still great acidity and structure. My husband and I drank a bottle of it last evening with my Mother's Day dinner--sushi--and it paired perfectly. My husband is not a big fan of the "yeasty," "bready" notes that are often found in Champagne and other traditional method sparkling wines (I am, but I also enjoy other styles as well...), so he was happy that the Brut Prestige didn't have these flavors.

It was a great ending to a great day.