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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Downhill Winery

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

  • Detert Family Vineyards

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

  • D F Wines Inc. (dba Downing Family Vineyards)

    Established in 1998, Downing Family Vineyards produces small case lots of ultra-premium Zinfandel...

  • Gargiulo Vineyards

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

  • Oakville East Wine Co

    It is with great excitement that we announce the second release of Oakville East – Exposure Cabe...

  • MX Wines

    MX Wines is based in Napa Valley, California, and hand-crafts miniscule quantities of Cabernet Sa...

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Napa County on Snooth

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


    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


    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

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  • 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

  • World's End Against the Wind 2010


    Fine Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

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  • Technically these were last night but I finished the last tastes of the reds and wrote notes this evening.Budman came over for dinner last night. We started with a '15 Spottswood SB and then moved into some reds.  2012 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis (8/5/2016)Night one was like a trip to the Coun... Read More

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  • Thoma Coyne made wine in the LV and seemed like the best prospect, but they closed the business recently after the founder died.  That link will take you to K&L where they are closing out the wines.  On the whole, I think LV is too hot, always was, but now especially.  It's been paved over enough to be a heat island in a hot place, and Californi... Read More

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  • Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012


    Solid, with depth and structure. Some red berry fruit with backing blackberry, wood and earthy noted lead to a lively lasting finish. Drink now or hold (4-6) years - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

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