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 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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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

  • Irony

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

  • Jade Mountain

    History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style ...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

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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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  • Obama was very much a foody, and into his wines as well. He made it a point to ... San Francisco (and north to Napa). I think after a little experience we all serve wines as hosts based on our understanding of our guests' knowledge and perceptions. When I first started entertaining in my 20s I busted my behind trying to serve the best wines wi... Read More

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  • Lagier Meredith Syrah 2014

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    Big mouth-filling wine. Quite viscous. Some tart cranberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, it becomes very savory. Drink now or hold. I just don't think you can go wrong with this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Quivet Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Dark plum color in the glass. Dark fruit on the nose, although, with a hint of alcohol. As expected lots of black fruit on the tip of the tongue--cassis and blackberry, most notably. Leather, and, maybe, tobacco mid-palate. Very nice, sturdy tannins. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Provenance Napa Valley Merlot 2016

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    Nice mouth-filling wine. A lot of red fruit on the tip of the tongue, but not syrupy. Some sturdy tannin. For the price ($15) a pretty good everyday drinker--and, I have to say a very excellent cooking wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hartwell Estate Miste Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    Enjoyable, albeit, chewy wine. Dark fruit--blackberry more than currant--with a slight tang. Some suggestion of anise. Tannins are almost completely resolved. Not the longest finish in the world, but just so easy to enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • We haven't been to Seattle in a number of years and would love to ... ... contacts in Sonoma, Paso and Napa, just going to depend on the timing but I'm always up for a road (or air) tri Read More

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  • Silverado Vineyards Merlot Mt George Napa Valley 2013

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    Lots of red fruit, on entry--strawberry, cherry. Negligible tannin and acid. Moderate body. It doesn't suck, but, for the price, it is a bit disappointing. It just tastes like grape juice, not wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • "Walla Walla is amazing.  But it is about a 5 hour drive from ... ... home days, but then so would Napa/Sonoma and even more so the Santa Barbara/Ojai/Santa Maria areas. Home bases by someone(s) in the group are good anchors to rely on--if that's intelligible. Read More

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  • I agree with you both - if we are talking about entry-level, everyday wines - ... - ... as well as branding (Napa, Sonoma, maybe certain coastal areas such as Santa Barbara).  There are deals out there - but I was only generalizing, if you'll pardon that bit of laziness for the moment.I don't always vet my messages like in the past (time cons... Read More

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  • Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mouintain District 2007

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    Nicely mellowed. The years have been kind. Black fruit on entry. Then, some leather. Tannin is nicely settled down. I bit more back of the palate tartness than I might have guessed. Also a retro-nasal suggestion of anise. 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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