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 (

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Irony

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • 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...

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

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  • Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by mmhthg

  • Had a couple of zins watching the game - tonight it's the Badgers vs. ... ... ... it.) and a 2012 Buehler Napa Valle Read More

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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee 2014


    Decanted for 45 minutes. Dark maroon-purple, the nose was a little muted during most of the first glass. Nice mix of black fruit, a touch of cedar, a little minerality as it continued to evolve. Very nice balanced wine with nothing jumping in your face. Medium body with a Medium semi-smooth finish. It will get even better with more time in the b... Read More

    Wine review by MJET

  • Hi everyone! I am looking to sell this wine but am having a hard time ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.  They seem to be in mint condition as well. I have two bottles of these.If anyone is interested, please let me know. Or if you know of anywhere or anything i can do to sell this, that would be great.   Thanks!  &nbs Read More

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  • Cline Syrah Los Carneros Estate Grown 2013


    Muted, musky nose. Pretty big hit of fruit is initial taste sensationred plum, maybe, even peach, a slight citrus suggestion. Very big suggestion of sweetness. A very serious pucker factor from tannin. Tannin really helps because it gives the wine a more rustic characteristic that pushes aside the industrial, made to appeal to sweet wine dri... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ramspeck Pinot Noir 2013


    Was very smooth. Full bodied. Read More

    Wine review by Jem95

  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... ... sort of like having BV Napa instead of something like Tapestry or GdL. Or go with the Frittman - unlike the others, I don't know that specific wine however. Those wines will have a lot of acidity and they tend to be kind of woody. The Hungarian oak can have a kind... Read More

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  • Martin Ray Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    Very attractive plum color in the glass. Very fruity aromas. Lots of black currant on the tongue. Then, some pretty stiff tannins appear. This gives the scratchiness that suggests tobacco. A big, full-bodied wine. I had a bit of this leftover for Day 2. It seems that a day of sitting has muted this wine, a bit. It seems less fruity and le... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bridget Raymond Intertwine Napa Valley Merlot 2014


    Another Naked Wines selection.Pale Garnet in the glass; Oak, Alcohol, Pine, and Mint; then some Cherry/Berry Jam; Fresh Green Grass and Pepper. A smooth mouthful with medium Tannins. Finishes soft with mint/milk chocolate, tobacco, and oak, then more berry fruit. A bit more fruit forward than I like, but still very drinkable. $14 Angel Pricing Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Kirland Signature Pinot Noir Carneros 2014


    A bit simple but it is old world in style, tastes like pinot noir and drank nicely with the salmon I had for supper. Just ten bucks. :-) I'm inclined to buy a couple more. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Nice picture of a half-drunk bottle of Dolce. I had a chance to try that this past weekend. It's pretty amazing stuff, expensive though.

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  • Hey Mike - glad to have you involved, looking forward to staying in the loop on Napa developments

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  • Totally undiscovered by me when I first came to the US, but over time I've really taken a liking to the big napa cabs with their notes of eucalyptus and bell pepper.

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

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