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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Sola

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

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Napa on Snooth

  • 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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  • Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2015

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    Warm pear and apple notes on the nose. Very fresh in the mouth with fresh grapefruit and melon notes, zesty lime and a fresh finish that's a touch creamy. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Charles Krug Zinfandel Port NV

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    I'm European and I prefer the real deal from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. This is not for me Read More

    Wine review by italiang


  • I am a recent newbie to Bedrock and what I've tasted so far has mainly been ... ... more into bigger reds, Napa cabs and the like. From that I'm not surprised re: your impressions of Scherrer. His wines tend to be a bit more reserved, less intense fruit but more balanced with a decent bite of acidity. What really gets me going with Scherrer is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Peju Province Winery Zinfandel Napa Valley 2012

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    this is Very nice and i one time use this Read More

    Wine review by flatdwarka


  • Peju Province Winery Zinfandel Napa Valley 2012

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    Baking spice and heat on the nose with dark and full blackberry flavors. Bursting with dark blackberry fruit and spice, zesty and full, with big bold flavors, black pepper and drying tannins. This is a great wine to bring for barbecue because it has the acidity and the tannin and the serious flavors to stand up to big food. Finishes eternally lo... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dylan's Ghost Hell Hollow 2011

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    big wine big finish. Great body Read More

    Wine review by tankracing


  • I assume you know, Al, that Stags' Leap Winery is not the same as ... by ... by one of the major names in Napa history, Warren Winiarski. As has become all too frequent, though, after many famous and presumably profitable years it was ultimately sold to a JV of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Italy's Antinori, back in 2007. It is not the same wine a... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Cabernet Franc 2010

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    Clear dark plum color in the glass. Bit of a chemical or mineral nose. Very assertive on entry. Not a lot of fruitmaybe, some blackberry, maybe, a suggestion of stone fruit. A lot of puckery dryness from tannin, but that also gives the suggestion of unsweetened cocoa. A mouth-filling, full-bodied wine. Definitely a big boys wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Leaving for a week in "Texas Hill Country" for a few winery reviews, ... Loan Star states answer to Napa valley! I'm sure (maybe) I'll find a few that I wouldn't buy again. BTW, I was looking back at an issue of WS and the Top 100 wines of the year. The Meiomi 2014 Pinot was the #20 wine of the year!!! Go figure.&nbs Read More

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  • Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir 2013

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    This was an easy drinking well balanced wine. A bit bright but not tanic. Raspberries are coming forward nicely. Enough depth to impress. Price point was awesome. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • 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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