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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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • 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...

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

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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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  • Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Second opinion on this wine. Its so inexpensive, I have to keep going back to it. Some pretty serious red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Quite an easy drinker. Light on tannin/acid. Not a particularly sophisticated or complex wine, but with a simple meal, I dont think you can beat it for the (slightly over) $20 that it costsin multiple ret... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Last night we went out to dinnera nd brought a coupe bottles.The Bambino was ... ... and a 2006 EMH Black Cat Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Woo ho Read More

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  • Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2013

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    very good balance of fruits and spices. a bit toasty, which adds to the intrigue. good! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • In Piemonte, esp Barolo DOCG, nebbiolo is "only" grown on south ... ... something that happened in Napa with the valley floor being taken over by vines in places that used to be fruit orchards, including locations that were too hot then and much too hot now.  It's happening up by OT where apple orchards are being uprooted and vines planted.  T... Read More

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  • Retro Cellars Petite Sirah Howell Mountain Old Vine 2009

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    Dark plum color in the glasswell duh, its Petite Sirah. Nose suggests plum, but the color may have subverted my nose. Light fruit on entrycurrant, blackberryvery light fruit. Some tarriness under mid-palate. Quite light on tannin and acid. I guess I could describe it as balanced since no one dimension dominates. Very easy on the rear palate... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Andronicus Sauvignon Blanc

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Know just what you mean DM, we had one of the best lunches ever ... at Domaine Chandon in Napa a couple years back. It didn't hurt that a really good friend worked for them at the time and comp'd us $100 on the lunch. We still had to put down about $50 on top of that but it was worth every penny. They paired either bubbles or wine with each cou... Read More

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  • Sneak peek at the '14 Myriad Napa Valley. Lots of ripe dark fruit, rich palate, good acidity, heavy oak component. Needs time to integrate and soften a bit. Very very good and a huge quality value play for a $60 Napa Cab.  Read More

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  • Thoma Coyne made wine in the LV and seemed like the best prospect, but they ... ... since we could get to Napa in only a little more time. Wente is a clone of Chardonnay now, more respected than the winery, The winery is known as much for its concert series in summer, its golf course, and the like as for wine.  However, the Wente family still... Read More

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  • The Inaugural R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • 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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