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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Kelham Vineyards & Winery

    Kelham Vineyards wines reflect the unique character of the soils and localized climate which has ...

  • Dalla Terra

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

  • Duck Shack Wines

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

  • Hoopes Vineyard

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

  • Levendi Estates Winery

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

  • Taken Wine Co.

    Raised in the small, winegrowing town of St. Helena, in Napa Valley, wine is in our DNA. We rea...

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Napa County on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Napa and Sonoma


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

    Forum post in the topic Napa and Sonoma


  • Once Sommelier Series Napa Valley the Spoon 2007

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    Wine review by cmarinaro


  • Sterling Napa Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    This wine is vibrantly clear with just a hint of green when held up to the light. Startlingly sharp on the nose with immediate aromas of Granny Smith apples. On the tongue it bursts with effervescent fervor of tangy sour apple and nectarine with just a touch of citrus fruits. It lingers on the palate for quite some time with a lovely long dry... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • Joel Gott 'No.815' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by alacker


  • It's another late night for me but I opened this Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010. This is again one of the Estate wine purchases that I took a chance on. I have been posting this week the bottles that I thought were the worst and most likely to be spent and spoiled. I have been so surprised! Tonight I opened this Pahlmeyer Pinot. Raspberr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • ATF labeling laws.  They care where the grapes come from, not where it was vinified.  And NO nipples allowed. Some of that long drive is because the roads are secondary in places.  Lots of it is just because California is really long and skinny.  You grow most of your grapes on the coast so that's the north-south direction, the long one.  BTW, R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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    Turning stone Read More

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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