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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Teaderman Vineyards

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

  • Taken Wine Co.

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

  • Detert Family Vineyards

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

  • PlumpJack Winery

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

  • VinRoc Wine Caves

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

  • Gargiulo Vineyards

    A lifetime farmer, Jeff Gargiulo founded Gargiulo Vineyards in 1992 with a dream of making "true"...

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  • 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

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  • 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...


  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are more-than-well-drinkable cab blends for less than $25, just not that many from CA or even WA.Go here for five pages of cab blends between $10 and $25 from as good an online vendor as you are likely to find (I prefer them *greatly* to Total): K&L Wines. I'll cull through a few of t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Biale Zinfandel Napa Black Chicken 2012

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    Finally I get to taste Biale Zin. Thanks for the pour Mr. Dave Pramuk.! Legendary meeting. 1st Class. Black Chicken Ranch and Monte Rosso USA Zinfandel. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Encantado Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass edging toward some lighter ruby. The nose is rather oak laden with a hint of green cedar, with some dark fruit notes mixed in. The taste is really quite nice, with a veritable explosion of dark, jammy fruit up front, plum, blackberries and a hint of cocoa that transitions nicely to some dusty ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Saddleback Cellars "rancher's Red" 2011

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    Wine review by calywa


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