Napa County Wine

There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named the Native American tribe that originally inhabited the area “Wappo,” and some say this is a derivation of “guapo” meaning “handsome,” while others say it means “brave,” with Napa being a further spin-off. Another legend is that Napa is a Wappo word for the land itself. Regardless, with its Mediterranean climate and diverse terroirs, this land eventually became one of the most important wine regions in the world. 

 
The first vineyards in Napa were planted in 1836 by George Calvert Yount in what is now the town of Yountville. In the 1850s, Thomas Rutherford, who married Yount’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Yount, established the first vineyard in what would become Rutherford town. The first commercial winery was established by Charles Krug in the 1860s. Soon, the likes of Inglenook, Beringer and Schramsberg and many others set up their wineries and Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Napa County View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Napa County

  • Oakville

    Well if any AVA vies with Rutherford for the crown of King of Cabernet it would have to Oakville....

  • Atlas Peak

    The climate of this appellation is unique, partly because its elevation frees it from the fog whi...

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  • Cooper Station Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

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    Wine review by mmahon17


  • Sterling Vineyards Cellar Club Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2009

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    Wine review by mnotani


  • Pine Ridge Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    Big nose showing off oak with coffee-like hints, but, also something sweet smellingmaybe, mint. Lots of very ripe currant fruit on the tip of the tongue. The wine, however, also has a smooth texture, though, which is, actually, quite pleasant. Some serious tannin mid- to back-palate does a good job of mitigating the initial fruitiness. Not t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Quivet Cellars Tench Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Very fruity noselots of tropical fruits and some lemon. Initial taste verifies thatsomething like pineapple and kiwi fruit, but there is a lemony acid kick towards the back of the palate. Also, towards the back of the palate, there is a definite effervescent sensation. Good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Raymond Merlot Napa Reserve 2011

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    Another one from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love Field while waiting for the delayed flight back. From the CRU Tasting Notes - fairly accurate too: 'A Blast of ripe cherries, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted coconut and almond flavors. Merlot hardly gets richer than this.' Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX has a decent selection of Italian wines overall.  Napa Cabs in Chino isn't bad, either--they actually have wines from Ghemme, which are not easy to find.  But no Lagrein, alas. I enjoyed the Imagery (Remy in WA grows one, not as good), but the best Lagrein is from Sudtiro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Brown Estate Chaos Theory 2009

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    Best Zinfandel in California. Jammy, balanced and full bodied Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • REPLY BY AHSAN12, 18 SECONDS AGO.Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road has opened to explore. Always looking for the best that meets our tasting needs. Since we live within hours, the very least a day's drive, [url=http://www.vceplayer.net/]http://vceplayer.net/[/url]from Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey C... Read More

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  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road has opened to explore. Always looking for the best that meets our tasting needs.Since we live within hours, the very least a day's drive, from Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the wh... Read More

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  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2006

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    Incredible!! keep it up. Read More

    Wine review by MP5507


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