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by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
A Tale of Two Mumms
This is a quiz about the French Champagne House of Mumm, and its California descendant, Mumm Cuvee Napa. It is difficult, so three correct answers earn you an "A."
1. Did Mumm make its first bottle of French Champagne
in 1827 or 1627?
2. The twin centers of French Champagne are the
cities of Epernay and Reims. In which is Mumm
located? Hint: Mumm is located near a large
cathedral finished in 1430, where many French
kings were crowned.
3. Probably the best-known symbol of French
Champagne is the red diagonal stripe on Mumm's
Corton Rouge ("red ribbon"). Was this marketing
triumph conceived in the 1920's, when Mumm was
a big favorite in the literary circles of Paris,
or was it created back in the less-commercial
4. When my wife and I arrived at the House of
Mumm in Reims, we were presented with a humongous
Jeroboam of the Red Ribbon. Was it the equivalent
of four or eight standard bottles?
5. G.H. Mumm Champagne was served at Buckingham
Palace on Derby Day in 1904. Was the vintage
1897 or 1892?
6. Was "Mum" the original spelling of the firm's
7. Before selecting the Napa Valley for its U.S.A.
operations, did it make trial blends from New York
or Oregon as well?
8. Mumm Napa Valley produced its first fizz in
1986. Have they remained at the same location?
Contact—Adrienne Asher-Gepford (707) 255-7667, FAX (707) 255-1119
This page created February 2000