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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Showket Vineyards

    After searching for three years, in October, 1988, Kal and Dorothy Showket bought a beautiful pro...

  • 5 Points Cellars

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

  • 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...

  • Duck Shack Wines

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

  • VinRoc Wine Caves

    VINROC derives its name from our rock strewn mountain vineyard, where the elevation provides the ...

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Napa County on Snooth

  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Hmmm.  Nobody's been here in over five hours.NBDAbout to grill some ... within spitting diistance of Napa County.So what? That is interesting to know, but how is the wine.Well, this one is pretty darned good.  I like fruit in my wine as much as the next guy, but I hate syrupy fruit.  This one is very niice with dark, unsweetened fruit.  Clearl... Read More

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  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    The best CdV Napa Valley I've had from them. Rich and full bodied with plenty of fruit, tannins dusty earth, mocha and spice - this is powerful. Great tannin to acid balance makes cellar worthy. 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • 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

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  • 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


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