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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

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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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  • Update, day 3, part 1I must start this post by saying that I don’t ... ... ... just how many grapes in Napa glasses are coming from Lodi. This fruit is the secret sauce, folks.Stuart Spencer, winemaker at Saint Amant, and fifth generation grape grower, Bruce Fry, introduced us to the Marian vineyard at Mohr-Fry Ranch. These vines know what th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • February seasonal temperatures in Napa Valley can be remarkably cool and wet, especially in the Spring Mountain District, high above the town of St. Helena. The mountainside vineyard elevations are anywhere from 400 to 2100 feet and rainfall is usually abundant during the winter season, although much of California has experienced drought conditi... Read More

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  • Myriad Semillon McGah Family Vineyard Napa Valley 2014

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    Pale yellow in the glass. Flowery/fruity noseorange blossoms/melon. Quite light on the tongueinitial flavor sensation is honeydew melon. Some sweetness towards the back of the tongue. Also a bit of steely bitterness. Light acid touch but, still, refreshing crispness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, ... There's that 2012 Lewis Napa Valley cab for which I have been waiting almost as long as I'd been waiting for the Lytton Springs.  I have never had a Lewis cab, but I've loved multiple Lewis white wines, and, a few months ago I popped a Syrah that blew my mind..  The ... Read More

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  • Fox, very nice!Tonight we opened a fascinating orange wine made from Ribolla ... in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. Another interesting thing is that this wine was fermented on the skins with a maceration of 6 months.&nbs Read More

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  • Ryme Ribolla Gialla Napa Valley Vare Vineyard 2012

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    Fascinating orange wine made from Ribolla Gialla by Ryme Cellars. Golden orange color, the nose is floral and honeysuckle. Creamy texture, nice acidity with an interesting mix of stone fruit (ripe white peach, nectarine) and baking spices. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Okay, I am pretty sure no one has this one. The family of grapes isn't ... ... Grgich of Grgich Cellars in Napa.  My parents traveled thousands upon thousands of miles to be taught by someone they could have called up and visited.  The irony and beauty of that was not lost on me--irony, because we can find "old world" wisdom in our backyard, a... Read More

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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate Bottled 1999

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    WS 87 Read More

    Wine review by Misterbv


  • Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2002

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    Had in Hong Kong with A Samedi - May 2015 Read More

    Wine review by Misterbv


  • Shafer Cab.Sau 2002

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    Smooth. Had in Hong Kong Read More

    Wine review by Misterbv


  • 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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