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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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

  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

  • 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...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Irony

    Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astrona...

  • Bond

    BOND: A stable of Napa Valley thoroughbreds — ultimately six Cabernet-based wines — assembled und...

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  • 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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  • Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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  • I tend to like the 'smoked' flavor in some cheeses, but last night the ... the ... (Truchard Vineyard, Napa) for myself.  These were paired with a bread basket and a dozen raw oysters - six Olde Salt, three Barren and three Wellfleet.  They were all delicious, as was the wine.  Next up was a salad for Sandra but a nice Fried Shrimp plate for ... Read More

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  • OK, round 2 of the Riesling taste off. Tonight the Mosel Spatlese is showing ... divided with L liking the Napa wine and my preference leaning in the German direction - viva la difference!BTW, RBA, I noticed you were also drinking some Dr. H. Thanisch Rieslings in one of the other postings, love the coincidenc Read More

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  • Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Buoncristiani O.P.C. Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine 2010

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    Brooding dark color. Woody, earthy nose. Cabernet power is really toned down in this. While the initial taste sensation has dustiness that I associate with Cabernet Sauvignon, there is much more blackberry fruit than Cabernet currant. Definitely, sweet sensation on the tip of the tongue. As the wine flows back, though, that sweet sensation ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate Grown 2011

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    Good but chalky on the finish Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • RBA, GregT, great lead in for my post. We did a little side by side last night ... The US contender was this Napa based Chateau Montelena and the foreigner was the Mosel Spatlese. Consensus was the Montelena came out fractions ahead with just a bit more complexity on the nose and on the palate. The Spatlese was on the dry side but you could de... Read More

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  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... have ever tasted was made in Napa Valley (Barnett). The issue of over-paying for wines in a wine club has come up before.  I think it was OT that stated you should just get on their mailing lists so you hear about limited productions, special offers, etc.  At some wi... Read More

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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Carneros-Napa Chardonnay 2009

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    Lots of fruit flavor on introduction to the palatemelon, pineapple, and, as the wine moves farther back, lemon. A very round and quite full-bodied wine. Tartness keeps it refreshing. Oak is most noticeably apparent in the vanilla aftertaste. I REALLY like this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • EM - Ok, but the bet is only for $5.00; we'll determine if we have cut back ... ... visit both Somona and Napa on the same trips and that includes eating food in both areas.  You are right about the number of great eating establishments.  We do eat locally too, but the really good restaurants near us are in Washington DC.  We avoid the concern... 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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