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Winter / Spring 2006
Napa Sonoma Magazine

 
Santana Release

Try Mumm’s new, rockin’ good bubbly

Rock ’n’ roll fans will be thrilled to hear that Carlos Santana has a new release.

But don’t rush out to the music store. Instead, head to Mumm Napa. The legendary musician and one of California’s top sparkling wine houses have collaborated to produce Santana DVX sparkling wine.

The 1999 vintage, which retails for $55, was released to coincide with the opening of Mumm’s Legends of Rock Photography exhibit, which can be viewed at the winery through March 13. The exhibit showcases 120 photos by an array of famous rock ’n’ roll photographers, including Baron Wolman (the first staff photographer for Rolling Stone), Lynn Goldsmith, Jim Marshall, and George Rose, among others. The collection includes photos of such stars as Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Janis Joplin, and, of course, Santana.

“I’ve long enjoyed fine sparkling wine, and this was a chance to create a wine of great personal expression,” says Santana.

As Santana’s music fuses rock ’n’ roll and Latin styles, his namesake wine is a 50-50 fusion—of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Santana worked with the Mumm winemaking team to create a blend that balances the masculinity of the Pinot Noir grape with the femininity of the Chardonnay grape. Mumm Napa’s DVX is the winery’s tête de cuvée, or top bottling, and the grapes are chosen from selected lots from the best vineyards in Napa Valley. Approximately 1,600 cases have been produced under a specially designed Santana label, and are available nationwide. One dollar from every bottle sold benefits the Milagro Foundation, which Carlos and his wife, Deborah, established to support nonprofit organizations working with children.

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