Napa 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 Read more »

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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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Varietals Produced in Napa 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

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

Subregions of Napa

  • Carneros

    Los Carneros- The first AVA one comes to as one splits off the Napa Vallejo Highway and takes rou...

  • Stags Leap District

      Stags Leap District is located on the famous Silverado Trail of the Napa Valley region in ...

  • Yountville

    To the south of Oakville and comprised virtually entirely of valley floor land, Yountville is the...

Popular Wineries in Napa View all

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

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Napa on Snooth

  • Today I attended one of my favorite tastings of the year, the Taste Napa Valley tour, where I tasted no lessthan 65 great to wonderful wines, mostly King Cabernet himself. I have listed the high lights of the day here. More will follow. 2005 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa- Gorgeous fruit forward with a lush mouth feel. Dense currant with...

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  • Elementary Cellars Volume I Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

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    Very murky maroon color. A bit of smoke on the nose (never noticed that in a CS before). Terrific entry to the mouth. There is a light hit of cassis, but not overwhelming. The murkiness in the color may have prejudiced me, but there is an unusual mouthfeel to this wine. It seems thicker than most. The tannin is really not that in your face... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • It looks like Napa Sauvignon Blanc is also being harvested.  Quivet sent an e-mail, today:The 2015 Quivet Cellars harvest has begun!  6am brought us two tons of picture perfect McGah Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc to kick off the season.  It's been warm & dry to say the least so 'Early' is the buzz word of the vintage.  Our weather this week fi... Read More

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  • Jarvis Tomei Syrah El Dorado 2011

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    A Naked Wines selection and what a lovely one. Opens with warm milk chocolate with a bit of rosemary, then black cherry and plum preserves and in the background tarragon. Bright tannins and medium acidity, a zing of alcohol, but very smooth. Long finish with more plum, chocolate, baking spices, and smoky spice. Continues to open more in the glas... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Easier on picker's backs, with built-in sun protection for the grapes while they matured to boot. Read More

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  • Looking at those vines after seeing Burgundy this past April is like looking at the Sequoia trees after tending to a small bush. Read More

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  • Old School trellising. Read More

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  • Greg's using emoticons! Should I play the Lotto today? ;-)JD, neither have I. I have the '05-'08 plus the '10 and '12. It's kind of like Randy Dunn's wine in that you have to...                      wait for it.Vino, yep that's EMH. Read More

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  • OT, was that EMH vineyards you were picking? Read More

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  • They should call it all reserve Cab this year....still haven't had a chance to try that juice, will have to one day. Read More

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  • Vines are so tall they look like palm trees. Sure they weren't picking coconuts?Seems really early for Cab. Wow. Read More

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  • Every time I visit Napa I have a great time. Make sure you plan ahead though. The options can be overwhelming!

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  • Recently had a Darioush Duel Cabernet/Shiraz blend 2005 I bought it at the vineyard and it was wonderful Mmmmm

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