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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Popular wines made in Napa County under $20

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Varietals Produced in Napa County View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Napa County View all

  • PlumpJack Winery

    All fourteen of the PlumpJack business enterprises thrive on the unique philosophy of the company...

  • Levendi Estates Winery

    The Greeks claim to have invented wine. We think Napa Valley grapes perfect it. Combining our pro...

  • Downhill Winery

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

  • Rudd Estate

    In 1996, food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in ...

  • Atlas Peak Vineyards

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

  • Gargiulo Vineyards

    A lifetime farmer, Jeff Gargiulo founded Gargiulo Vineyards in 1992 with a dream of making "true"...

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Napa County on Snooth

  • When you get to two kids and some gear, side trips to Joshua or whatever going our way to yours, then I-5 is a necessary evil.  Recently friends have done LA from SF by flying and using Uber and some light rail.  Doing it the other way--flying to SF or Oakland and using BART, Uber, and the like is easier still. It's those Napa/Sonoma/Marin jaunt... Read More

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  • I'm not sure about the current availability of these, but in the last few months I have enjoyed five or six bottles of each and  thought that they offered outstanding value: -- Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -- $19.99 at Costco -- Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva -- $16.99 at Costco -- Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage -- $9.99 at Trader Joe's Read More

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  • Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Spellbound Petite Sirah California 2012

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    This to is an inexpensive @$10 and it very, very good. Rich fruit, blackberry, blueberry, the smell of wet blacktop after a rain on a hot day, lanolin and a touch of oak. Smoothed out tannins and good acidity lead to great aftertaste. Burgers, steaks, pizza, chocolatey deserts. Well done - drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Spellbound Petite Sirah California 2012

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    Wine review by mgproducts


  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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    91 points. Well done with black fruit, dark cherry, spice (pepper), herbal and earthy tone underly anise, solid tannins (not big) and acidity that frame well. Great effort here. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my previous post about the Keenan and that CF.First, yes, it is a very good wine.Several people here, know that I am a Keenan cheerleader.  I confess that I am a member of their club.  So, twice a year they send me a four-bottle package.  Keenan is, mostly, a red wine producer, b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Vineyard 2013

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    deep purplish hue. sweet nose with cherries and plums. very sweet on palate with strong notes of prunes - slightly cloying... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Welcome Seahawk.Boy, Liberty School is a name from the past.  My recollection (may or may not be correct) is that Liberty School was a second label for a fairly well-know, and well-respected, Napa Valley winery.  It may have been Caymus.  Whoever it was sold the brand years (probably, more like decades) ago.Lately, I have my own favorite low-dol... Read More

    Forum post in the topic JUST AN INTRODUCTION


  • Leaving for Philly on Thursday, 11am flight from SFO. What time does your flight get in? Won't be back until Sunday. I'm in Sonoma County.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Meet me in Napa


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