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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

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

  • 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...

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • 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...

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

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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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  • Sounds like the bottle was exposed, for however long, to temperatures higher ... with magnums I'd buy in Napa or Sonoma and carry on (back when you could do that) at SFO back to Tokyo. Only seepage was from magnums, interestingly enough, but the variation in pressure (happened during the autumn through spring so temperature wasn't likely an is... Read More

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  • Titus Zinfandel 2013

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    fruit on the front end, some spice, a little pepper(?) with the finish. Wife and I both agree we should get more. Read More

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  • With Portland, Oreon finally feeling the warmth of Summer, I've opted for ... Estate Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Valley. I normally don't buy wines under $10.00 yet when I saw this at Trader Joe's, it reminded me of my favorite Carneros so I thought I'd give it a try. What a delightful wine! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon trying to stay cool, (th... Read More

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  • Rutherford Ranch Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    One of the best Sauvingnon Blanc wines on the market. Please add to your site for purchase, I will buy by the cases. It's that good! Definitely 5 wine glasses! Thank you Read More

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  • Not really a big Napa cab drinker but opened this tonight and was fairly pleased. Picked this up at the winery in '14 while we were waiting for our appt at Spring Mtn. Nice enough wine but nothing over whelming. Read More

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  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ... ... year, Lake County, north of Napa Valley, battled three major infernos, including the Valley fire, which burned 75,000 acres, killing four people and destroying more than 2,000 buildings; the third-worst fire in California history based on total structures burned... Read More

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  • Vancouver in WA is not Vancouver in B.C., OT. I've been to the WA version ... having what was called 'Napa Gamay', which was what OT was referring to. Can't remember any 'California' gamay. I have had Gamay Noir or 'Gamay Beaujolais' several times over past decades, though those were often rolls of the dice. Assuming they're better recently th... Read More

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  • Napa Cab is about 6 to 8 weeks out depending on the winemaker. My StepSon said J Vineyards just started picking for sparkling last week. We are a good three to four weeks out then on RRV PN. Paul said. Halcon just started verasion this week. Bedrock picked Compagni Portis today. The Custom Crush at Envy/Carter is gearing up for harvest there to ... Read More

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  • They've had a hell of a time with it in Burgundy, like a 50-90% lost ... going on in Napa/Sonoma? I hear Halcon Alturas is a ways away from ripening, but the harvest of whites has been in full effect. When should the Cabernet, and other reds be "ready"?Let's pick now (or soon) I say!Floods and frost have dampened Burgundy's year (above) in 2016... Read More

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  • Went into town (Charlotte NC) to take in a tasting of 3 different high end CA ... CA ... Syrah, Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2012Bien Nacido Vineyards Syrah, Santa Maria 2012 All three were excellent (except for the 1st bottle of the Bien Nacido which had something odd going on, the 2nd bottle was more in line with what was expected). Must say th... 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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