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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Tierra Roja Vineyard

    One Christmas our neighbor, Al Denatale, came down to a little party that we were having. That w...

  • Atlas Peak Vineyards

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

  • PlumpJack Winery

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

  • Detert Family Vineyards

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

  • Dalla Terra

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

  • 75 Wine Co.

    The Seventy-Five Wine Company is dedicated to pioneering change by producing premium wines of gre...

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Napa County on Snooth

  • Raymond Merlot Napa Reserve 2011

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    Another one from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love Field while waiting for the delayed flight back. From the CRU Tasting Notes - fairly accurate too: 'A Blast of ripe cherries, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted coconut and almond flavors. Merlot hardly gets richer than this.' Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX has a decent selection of Italian wines overall.  Napa Cabs in Chino isn't bad, either--they actually have wines from Ghemme, which are not easy to find.  But no Lagrein, alas. I enjoyed the Imagery (Remy in WA grows one, not as good), but the best Lagrein is from Sudtiro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Brown Estate Chaos Theory 2009

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    Best Zinfandel in California. Jammy, balanced and full bodied Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • REPLY BY AHSAN12, 18 SECONDS AGO.Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road has opened to explore. Always looking for the best that meets our tasting needs. Since we live within hours, the very least a day's drive, [url=http://www.vceplayer.net/]http://vceplayer.net/[/url]from Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fat, rich, creamy and buttery...


  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road has opened to explore. Always looking for the best that meets our tasting needs.Since we live within hours, the very least a day's drive, from Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the wh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fat, rich, creamy and buttery...


  • Waterfront Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Moment of Truth 2006

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    Incredible!! keep it up. Read More

    Wine review by MP5507


  • If 2010 was cold and things couldn't ripen, then how to explain 2011 tasting like the kind of merlot that's popular?  '11 was really lean and cool. I think '10 was moving along as a cool vintage and had been, in many cases, raised accordingly, but then the heat spikes burned a lot of fruit.  The key was selection--surprisingly, a lot of the reds... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Clos du Bois North Coast...


  • Duckhorn Decoy Merlot Napa 2012

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    Plump black fruit aromas and warm baking spices mingle on this inviting nose. Flavors are full of warm California sun - they're big ripe and juicy, with clove, blackberry, toast and black cherry. Clean and well balanced wine, worthy of Duckhorn's name as a Merlot of quality. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Robert Mondavi Opus One Napa Valley California 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jared2


  • I should have used an emoticon rather than rely on other posters who have read hundreds of my posts realizing that I didn't agree with the opinion expressed by a new poster. So I'll make it clear:  MACHINE HARVESTING < HAND HARVESTING. (For those rusty on math symbols, or fans of Orwell, Machine Harvesting bad, hand harvesting good, even double ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Glimpse Of Sonoma County...


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