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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Sola

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

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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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  • Just in case you missed it - there are big fires in Napa/Sonima right now - nobody is talking about "Premiere Napa Valley"  except for insensitive souls such as yourself.141 Read More

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  • If you've been in and around Napa Valley lately, you may have heard the buzz. Premiere Napa Valley, one of the most exclusive and important, annual wine auctions, will be taking place at the end of this month. The main thing to know about Premiere Napa Valley is that is a private–but important–event. Here's why:Every winter, Napa's top winemaker... Read More

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  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    reminds Buccaneer Cab but more smooth Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Napa Valley Momentum 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Purchased in lieu of the Napa Fires Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2014

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    Purchased in lieu of the recent Napa Sonoma Fires. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Apsara Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch 2012

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    Pleasant, fruity nose. Currant and prune on the tongue. Then some coffee and dustiness. Still some quite stiff tannins. Some raspiness on the rear palate. While this is an enjoyable wine, today, it can do with a few more years of sideways. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rock Wall Wine Company le Mur de Roche Petite Sirah Napa 2012

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    Hot and intoxicating aromas of black cherry and molasses on the nose. Dark black cherry and blackberry fruit enveloping the palate in waves, surprisingly tight and focused despite the depth of fruit. This finishes with an explosive final push of black currant preserves, oak and butter, sharp acidity and tannins with a long streak of dark chocola... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dancing Hares Mad Hatter Napa Valley 2014

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    Perfumed violets and milk chocolate aromas with creamy vanilla and blackberry notes and a hint of something savory underneath. Surprisingly delicate on entry but releasing a forceful wave of blackberry and black currant fruit, full acidity, blueberry, dried figs and striped tannins towards the finish with melted lava cake and espresso adding som... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Clos Pegase Chardonnay Mitsuko's Vineyard Carneros 2015

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    Plush and aromatic with green apple and toasted caramel notes, lightly smoked with deep toasted vanilla and a touch of lemon. Creamy, oaky and buttery on the palate, with fruit notes of peppery lemon, green apple and plantain, this finishes with a crisp flash of oak and plenty more melted butter. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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