• Rick Riozza

Love Bubbling Over

The vino mantra of all time is probably “any wine is good for the heart.”! The universal day of love is right in front of us, and there’s still time to find some romantic St. Valentine’s Day recommendations. These bubblies are easy to find, easy to drink and easy on your pocketbook.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé ($14). The bottle itself bespeaks romance with its eye-catching pink coral color label. This California sparkler is fresh and lively, yet rich, with strawberry and spicy yeast aromas and lush, ripe flavors of cherry, vanilla and crisp apple. Versatile, food friendly with gorgeous bubbles filling the glass.

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige ($14). These days we don’t have to have a pink bubbly to say “I love you”. As opposed to the strawberry and cherry notes of the Brut Rosé above, this Napa bubbly is an ideal choice for its ability to pair well with everything from sweet to savory, with notes of citrus, apple, and toasty baking spice.

Indeed, Mumm seems to be the word when it comes to cherishing California bubbly. We may as well mention the Mumm Napa NV Blanc de Blancs ($14) This is the “driest” of the three mentioned here and is made from 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Gris. It offers an impressive commingling of preserved lemon, burnt orange peel and apricot, meeting crisp acidity and floral undertones along the way. Light and bright, it makes a great aperitif and meets up well with all your meals. Here’s to love! Cheers!

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