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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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...

  • Franciscan Oakville Estate

    Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decade...

  • Tierra Roja Vineyard

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

  • Paradigm Winery

    Paradigm Winery, located in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley, hand-crafts small quantities...

  • Downhill Winery

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

  • Turnbull

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

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Napa County on Snooth

  • Tamber Bey Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2012


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Tamber Bey Vineyards Tench Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013


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  • Robert Foley Charbono 2013


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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2012


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • O'Shaughnessy Winery Oakville Chardonnay 2013


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  • Seeing you are from Ohio here is a Syrah right in your backyard. Not sure of your comfort zone price wise but Sonkin Cellars is real tasty. The wine is made in Napa but the Partners/Winemaker live in Cleveland and fly out here to tend to business. I popped this one last night and am following its progress as it is quite young. 4-5 hours open and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • In 2003 Mrs. EMark had some sort of event at the CIA, and she brought Mr. Emark ... but the mountain grapes (55% Napa County/45% Sonoma County) make for a big, mouth-filling wine.  Stil strong tannins and stout acid hits my sweet spot.  I'm glad I opened this one up, tonight, but I don't think it is anywhere near its end of lif Read More

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  • Trader Joe's Barbera Napa Valley Lot# 124 2013


    Little on the nose but fruit forward on the palate. Abundant red fruit on the palate with lots of acidity and light tannins. Great QPR on this wine. Get it while it lasts. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    The wine is a deep ruby along the edges leading to an inky purple at the center, just what you like to see in a quality Cabernet. The nose is a lovely bouquet of ripe dark fruit, blackberries, plum and cassis that just exude quality. The taste is much more refined than the typical big Napa Cab, it reminds me more of the great blends of Bordeau... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Saddleback Cellars Merlot Oakville 2005


    The color in the glass is a nice garnet with very nice clarity despite its maturity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe berries, red plum and macerated cherries, overlaid with a bit of leather and moss, reminiscent of some wonderful French Bordeaux. The taste is a rush of ripe fruit up front, raspberries, blackberries and plum that trans... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

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