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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • Bond

    BOND: A stable of Napa Valley thoroughbreds — ultimately six Cabernet-based wines — assembled und...

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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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  • Lassen was pretty covered in snow and clouds kept hitting the tops of it, so I ... other words, while land in Napa or Sonoma might be pricey, you could buy land somewhere for not a whole lot, cover it with suitable vines, but they are just landscaping at that point.  Even if your grapes are good, or excellent, getting them into a winery and ma... Read More

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  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2014

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    Plump green apple and pear fruit aromas with honey glazing and floral notes of wild blossom. This is quite rich and velvety in the mouth with more fresh green apple and baked apple spice, peach, hints of tart lemon and a bit of pineapple thrown in. A well-balanced full, round mouthfeel here with well integrated oak cream bringing up the finish e... Read More

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  • “Michael Keenan believes there are two sides of cabernet, one fruity, one ... growing one of the greatest Napa Valley cabernets in his Reserve. The 2012 contrasts herbal notes of sage and forest floor with bright fruit that energizes the wine. That plump fruit creates a compelling texture against the stone-hard tannins, matching their austerity... Read More

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  • Honig Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013

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    Very good as always. Petrol, melon, citrus, lanolin and stone fruit on the nose lead to tantalizing, mouthwatering finish with plenty of minerality and acidity. Drink now - Paul 89 poits Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Frogs Leap Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009

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    I was blown away by this wine. It may be that others score higher or lower, but I dare say that everyone will agree it's different - oh say pinot grigio different. Rick was the first to say so - I cautiously waited, but except for the lemongrass throughout and small creamy notes on the nose this is totally PG. A golden hay liquid with green melo... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Markham Merlot Napa Valley 2010

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    I stored this bottle just to see how it would hang. Nothing special, it's just that I like Markham and this bottling received less positive hype than most. A brooding dark juice with excellent viscosity, blackberry and dark cherry, chocolate and spice. Married completely now this finishes balanced and seamless. Paul 90 points Read More

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  • Last night we had a 2012 Ahnfeldt Merlot which is a Cab lovers Merlot. Great ... in breakfast near downtown Napa. Nice place.&nbs Read More

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  • Looks like a good snag, Fox, and you've gotta put things in ... has made wine for decades in Napa and Sonoma, including Domaine Chandon, Schramsberg, Groth, Robert Keenan, Markham, Sterling and Bennett Lane, plus other high-end consulting gigs. His father purchased an incredible piece of property in Valley of the Moon in the 80s, planted grapes... Read More

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  • The Ring Cycle continues - last night it was Siegfried.  Only about five ... members at some place near Napa Valley (OT?) for a wine tasting party.  Anyone intereste Read More

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  • And now we are done with that, DV, since this is not going to be a thread about ... and there midweek to go to Napa or DCV very relaxing. We could even do it in December and combine it with Secret Santa.... hm Read More

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  • 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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