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Sparkling Ideas for Your Summer Vacation: Mumm Napa’s Photo Exhibit

June 1, 2009
Mumm Napa exhibit of work by LA Times photograher George Rose.

A mature Cary Grant (sigh) is one of the Hollywood photos included in a Mumm Napa exhibit of work by LA Times photograher George Rose.The exhibit is on display through Aug. 21.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit some of my favorite sparkling wine houses in Napa and Sonoma counties. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting special events at some of the picturesque sparkling wine houses in northern California in case you’re looking or a delicious and fun drive-cation (is that a word?) this summer.

Mumm Napa is presenting a special photo exhibit called “Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Other Perversities” in their Fine Art Photography Gallery through Aug. 21. The black and white exhibit features the work of George Rose, a photographer with the LA Times who chronicled Hollywood life and pop culture in the 1970s and 80s.

The photographs, which are taken from Rose’s new book that shows everything from movie premieres to mud wrestling matches, includes photos of celebs including Jack Nicholson, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Keith Richards, Ronald Reagan, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bill Cosby.

Rose’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek and USA Today, and he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize while at the Los Angeles Times. Rose is also a recipient of a World Press Award for one of the few still photos ever taken of an earthquake as it was actually occurring.

While you’re at Mumm, you might also want to stop for a glass of bubbly in their beautiful tasting room or go for a stroll in the garden. One of my favorites is their Blanc de Noirs, which was recently rechristened as a Brut Rosé. The wine has lots of black cherry and strawberry notes from the pinot noir and is delicious with grilled meats of any kind.