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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Showket Vineyards

    After searching for three years, in October, 1988, Kal and Dorothy Showket bought a beautiful pro...

  • Dalla Terra

    Dalla Terra™ (of the earth in Italian) Winery Direct® is a direct importer of a limited selection...

  • Gargiulo Vineyards

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

  • Turnbull

    At Turnbull Wine Cellars we craft our award-winning wine using fruit sourced from our five stella...

  • Hoopes Vineyard

    OUR LABEL IS SIMPLE & LIGHT HEARTED, BUT OUR CABERNET SAUVIGNON IS SERIOUS, COMPLEX, AND EARTHY. ...

  • Teaderman Vineyards

    The "TV" family vineyard, located in the Oakville Appellation, enjoys a soil that is unique and ...

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Napa County on Snooth

  • Flint & Steel Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2014

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    Very light lemon and peach aromas with definite flinty notes that are the namesake of this wine. Flavors are fairly light, with notes of clay, peach and grapefruit. Strong acidity bites on the finish more than in the mouth as the fruit is well in balance. While it's pleasing there's some extra bit of fruit that's missing as the palate drops off ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005

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    STUNNING! Read More

    Wine review by MP5507


  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2005

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    Wine review by mark


  • Aline.  Do not hesitate.  Send that PM to OT.  Mike Smith's wines are outstanding, and not ones that you are going to easily find at your local retail store.  Time spent with him will be a memorable highlight for you and your friends.Quite spendy, but Auberge du Soleil has a very panoramic view of Napa Valley.  It looks like they have a bar/bist... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Napa and Sonoma -...


  • Red Rock Winery Merlot California Reserve 2007

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    Great wine for the price. Smooth with great flavor. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • What is Charles Shaw Ceres Cabernet Sauvignon? Don't call it Napa Cab you'll get us in trouble! But it's sometimes difficult to hold your tongue. Mainly because Charles Shaw Ceres Cabernet Sauvignon is made in the same way as those much more expensive wines produced by our neighbors in the north. A well made Charles Shaw is an oxymoron you can p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is Cremant de Bourgogne?


  • Are you staying at the SMI? Lucky dog! Since you are staying in Sonoma proper maybe just hit some local wineries. Sebastiani has the history, gives tours, does pairings and it's just a couple blocks off Sonoma Plaza.Out in the wine ghetto on 8th St East is Gundlach Bundschu or GunBun as the locals call it. Another historic site started in the 19... Read More

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  • What part of Sonoma will you be staying in? It's a big County.  Read More

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