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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Irony

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Sola

    Sola tries to produce the best quality 'varietally correct' Calif and sub-appellations wines po...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. . The 1992 vintage garner...

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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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  • But to be fair, no Keenan wines have yet passed my lips.  If a free sample were available, and my palate was in synch with the producers, well then the sky's the limit.Z. Read More

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  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2013


    Very nice wine. Dark fruitcurrants, blueberry, black plum. Some roughness mid-palate that would suggest coffee or tobacco, but, certainly, none of those flavors. Nice, side-of-the-tongue acid tartness. Firm tannin, but, again, nothing to discourage one from drinking now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • A veritable one hit wonder isn't he - time and time again. Read More

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  • 'Tis the season.Delivery from Mending Wall: 2 X 2016 Brown Ranch Chardonnay1 X 2014 Napa Valley CS1 X 2013 Napa Valley CS Read More

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  • This coming weekend our wine club is having a 2013 Napa vs 2013 Bordeaux blind tasting challenge:The Napa representatives are above and the Bordeaux below.Going into this with a completely open mind and haven't tasted any of there wines from the vintage. Read More

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  • Happy times.  The FedEx guy just visited and dropped off a lot of 2016 ...;Napa Valley Napa Valley Three Twins Vineyard Napa Valley Stelzner Vineyard Napa Valley Long Pond Vineyard Quivet:  Napa Valley Napa Valley Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Napa Valley Pellet Vineyard Life is good Read More

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  • Mark - Bah HumbugMeanwhile this came in:The Beckstoffer Georges III is going to ... probably a long while. The Napa Valley not so much.The Raymond Reserve is growing on me year after year and am just curious about the quality of the Frog's Lea Read More

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  • Wish Flower 2015


    Good red blend, but a bit oakey. This might have resulted in a headache. Would drink again but would not buy again with all the other options out there. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013


    Nice, mouth-filling wine. Lots of dark fruitblackberry, blueberry, sloe. Im ... ... that I see in a lot of Napa Cabs. A little jammy.. Very sedate tannin, in my opinion. Nice acidic piquancy subdues the jammy observatio Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 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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