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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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...

Popular Wineries in Napa County View all

  • Detert Family Vineyards

    Detert Family Vineyards is owned and operated by Tom Garrett, John Garrett and Bill Cover. The fo...

  • Downhill Winery

    Frank spent over 20 years operating a cutting edge specialty retail company in the South Bay area...

  • Duck Shack Wines

    From coast to coast mudflats to marshlands…flyways to byways. The duck shack is an American tr...

  • Atlas Peak Vineyards

    Located in a sweeping uplifted valley, high in the eastern hills of the Vaca Range, the Atlas Pea...

  • Franciscan Oakville Estate

    Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decade...

  • Paradigm Winery

    Paradigm Winery, located in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley, hand-crafts small quantities...

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Napa County on Snooth

  • Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Napa 2015

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    Creamy vanilla tinged aromas of peach, lemon and green apple. Full mouthfeel of fruit with an oaky well integrated butter and cream note and a finish of light lemon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    E had at Petersons. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • The 2013-2014 Avalon Cabernet from Napa County has been a midweek QPR for the past 2 years. On sale I can get it in the $13-$14 range. The regular price is usually $15-$16. Blackberry/Black Cherry, a hint of mocha, some tartness/acidity in the mid-palate. Medium body with a smooth rather short finish. A really good young drinker that does not br... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Looking merely at wine, was wondering how the current hodge-podge of Trump policy initiatives may affect the beverage we like so much. A couple of early guesses:USDA budget cuts will mean California's Wine Institute budget will likely be cut by 1/3 (Wine Industry Insight's figure). Will quite possibly see fewer facts about harvests, and other us... Read More

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  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I dropped off some Becklyn Cab Sauv at ACME the other day and douldn't leave empty handed. Ended up with a 6er.3x 2016 Gather Rosé of Tempranillo Amador County 1x 2014 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (reload)2x 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off... Read More

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  • Orin Swift "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2009

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    Structured and layered, and well beyond it's supposed prime, this was great. Blackberry, dustiness, spice, dark cherry, mocha with tolerable tannins and great acidity. Just shows what cellaring properly can do. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Joseph Carr Napa Valley Merlot 2013

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    I must admit I was leery at first, but settled in and was wonderful. Plum, blackberry, judicious spice and layered spice with framing tannins/acidity driving a good after taste. Drink or hold - 18-24 mths - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Atlas Peak 2007

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    The wine is a classic Napa Cabernet, with deep, inky black at the center and bright ruby along the edges. The nose a fantastic rush of leather, oak, vanilla and ripe dark fruit that practically begs you to take a sip. The taste is just amazing with a rush of ripe fruit, black cherry, blackberry and blueberry, that lingers a bit as the more com... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


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