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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Detert Family Vineyards

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

  • 5 Points Cellars

    5 Points Cellars, founded in 2005, hand crafts small lots of wines from several of the finest vin...

  • Hoopes Vineyard

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

  • 75 Wine Co.

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

  • Teaderman Vineyards

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

  • Tierra Roja Vineyard

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

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Napa County on Snooth

  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay Napa 2015

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    Lemon cream and pear aromas with a honeyed green apple and golden raisin note. Silky and creamy in the mouth with pleasant oak spice and flavors of pear, peach and green apple. This has great length with a lingering spice and an almost green note of fresh herb and candied orange peel. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  •  2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/19/2017)Savory black olive tapenade is the first thing to greet your nose on this deep purple Syrah. The blueberry fruit is very prominent and mouthcoating. Richness personified on the palate wth juicy blackberry, iron and crushes stones. Tannins are dusty a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I put together a curated list of reliable online vendors which (almost all) ship overseas. I'll dig it up and post the link later. For now, here's a current offering from one purveyor on the list (Sea Smoke is a cult wine but I view it as one of the weakest in this lis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay 2012

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    ok but too much alcohol Read More

    Wine review by ostensor


  • Joseph Carr Napa Valley Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by docdom


  • Thanks for the examples. The consumer pays for everything business does, that's a given. As far as an extravagant tasting rooms go I imagine they are playing towards their desired customer bases.  The Macrostie site is a production facility as well as a tasting room and is quite appealing to the eye. Hamel spent a fortune but I don't think it is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Yes, of course. That's a fair point. Often, as you say, the most significant costs of long-established European wineries were depreciated years ago.That said, too many wineries here (I live in Santa Rosa, CA, less than 10 miles from dozens of Sonoma wineries and about 40 minutes from the heart of the Napa Valley) spend far more than they need to... Read More

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  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2007

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    Nice light hit of fruit on entrytypical cab cassis and, also, some red fruit and Im thinking plum. Noticeable tannin, although, for the most part Im saying that the years of sideways have tamed tannin quite a bit. A bit of dustiness mid-palate. Something of a sour or bitter tinge on the rear palate. Nothing to be concerned about, though. Ta... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • If there's a test, I'm not interested.Last night.  A pretty good Chardonnay.  I have to say, more Mrs.'s EMark's kind than mine--much more the big oaky California style than what I usually like.  Once I was able to get pleast the caramel there was some terrific lemon that just lingered for several minutes.  The good news for Mrs. EMark is that w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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