Giants & Mumm Napa Team Up to Launch Two Napa Valley Sparkling Wines

RUTHERFORD, CALIFORNIA (May 7, 2013) - Mumm Napa, one of California's top sparkling wine houses, and the World Champion San Francisco Giants have teamed up to create two new Napa Valley sparkling wines. The new super-premium sparkling wines are licensed by Wine by Design, the official wine licensee for Major League Baseball Properties.

Championship Brut, a super-premium, limited edition bottling created to commemorate the Giants' 2012 World Series Championship, and San Francisco Giants Brut Prestige are available at AT&T Park, select restaurants, bars and retailers, and can be found online at sfgiants.com/wine.  

"Mumm Napa has been the celebratory sparkling wine of choice for both our 2010 and 2012 World Series Championships. We are pleased to extend this relationship with Mumm Napa to our fans in 2013, with the creation of these unique Giants wines," said Mario Alioto, senior vice president, Giants business operations.

For sports collectors and wine aficionados, the Championship Brut ($125) is a onetime run, limited edition release of only 2,012 bottles created to celebrate the Giants' 2012 World Series win. A prestige cuvée, or top bottling, the wine comes from specially selected lots from the winery's best vineyards in the Napa Valley. 

The Giants Brut Prestige ($27) will be more widely available throughout the baseball season. As the name suggests, this wine is a special bottling of Mumm Napa's Brut Prestige, the winery's quintessential Napa Valley sparkling wine. The Giants have had a long standing love for Brut Prestige: during last year's playoff series and World Series Championship, they celebrated each series win with the wine and now it has become the official sparkling wine of the team.

"Mumm Napa and the San Francisco Giants is an ideal pairing," said Ludovic Dervin, Mumm Napa's winemaker (and an avid Giants fan.) "We're both interested in celebrating life's victories - whether they are on the baseball field, at the ballpark, or in your home - and hope that these new wines will bring that same feeling of victory and celebration to Giants and Mumm Napa fans alike."

The partnership between Mumm Napa and the San Francisco Giants has expanded in more ways than one. Mumm Napa wines will be featured at tastings during select games, in the ballparkat special events throughout the season, and during team celebrations. Every Giants player will receive a bottle of the Championship Brut with a one-of-a-kind etched label featuring their number and name.

Mumm Napa is one of California's top sparkling wine producers and one of the most popular destinations for wine country visitors. For more than 20 years, Mumm Napa sparkling wines have set the standard for California méthode traditionelle sparkling wine, emphasizing the exceptional qualities of Napa Valley fruit along with the unique casual elegance of the Napa Valley lifestyle. The winery and visitor center are located in Rutherford along the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley and are open daily for tours, tastings and private events. For additional information on visiting the winery and its exhibits, call 707-967-7700 or access the Mumm Napa website at www.mummnapa.com

About the San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants are dedicated to enriching the community through innovation and excellence on and off the field. One of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball, the 131-year old franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958. After playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park, the team moved to the privately constructed AT&T Park in 2000. The organization is widely recognized for its innovative business practices and baseball excellence. In 2010, the franchise was named the Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and in 2012 was named Organization of the Year by Baseball America.

Since opening its gates, AT&T Park has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment. On the diamond, more than 40 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments and five playoff appearances, including the franchise's second World Series Championship in the past three years. The first World Series title earned by the Giants since moving west came in 2010 with the second championship in 2012.   On June 13, 2012, the franchise's first-ever perfect game was thrown by Giants ace Matt Cain. AT&T Park has also played host to some of music's biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day. 

About Pernod Ricard USA

Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, which employs more than 18,000 people worldwide and is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI).

The company's leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu® flavored rum, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth™ Gin, Seagram's Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avión™ Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avión); such superior wines as Jacob's Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.

Pernod Ricard USA is based in Purchase, New York, and has roughly 850 employees across the country.

Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.

About Wine by Design

Wine by Design (WBD) is a lifestyle marketing agency that creates business opportunities and brand loyalty through the world of wine. WBD develops tailored brand experiences, customized tasting events and provides strategic consulting. Founded by Diane Karle, WBD is based in the heart of Napa Valley, one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world, and home to many of its industry's leaders. WBD has cultivated a network of experts which results in targeted business solutions. Visit Winebydesignco.com to learn more.