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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Irony

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • 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

  • Tank Garage All Or Nothing Red Blend Napa 2015

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    Floral notes of crushed violet and allspice with juicy black currant. Full bodied and full fruited on the palate with notes of licorice, dark mixed berry and black cherry, some earth and a medicinal note riding alongside through to the lightly tannic finish. Bold and assertive with a driving herbal and fruit profile. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A 1951 Bealieu Georges de Latour, anyone? '89 Montebello also looking good. ... said many times that aged Napa Cabernet is my favorite category of wine to drink. That '51 BV is MAGICAL. Those 90s Grace wines are fantastic. The older Sine Qua Nons are rare, and at peak. Who could forget Spottswoode?! Man, I love old wine.... Mature wine, wine wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Napa 2015

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    Creamy vanilla tinged aromas of peach, lemon and green apple. Full mouthfeel of fruit with an oaky well integrated butter and cream note and a finish of light lemon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    E had at Petersons. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Elementary Cellars Volume II Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    Well-made wine that I think will benefit from more years of sideways. Nice suggestion of currant and, maybe, black plum on the tip of the tongue but just a suggestion. Quite serious tannin and nicely generous acids are what suggest to me that this wine is nowhere near its potential. On the other hand, Im going to very much enjoy drinking this... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Thanks for your reply! I actually love K&L - I used to use them when I ... ... ... Quivira) and others in Napa (Schramsburg, Chappellet, Joseph Phelps).&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Taking Wine Home from Vacation


  • Maria, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.  We ... you purchase on your trip to Napa/Sonoma, I think these are your choices:Box up your purchases and check them aboard your aircraft. Most wineries will offer shipping for you. There are services in wine country who will pack up all your purchases and have them shipped them fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Taking Wine Home from Vacation


  • Hello! I am heading to Napa/Sonoma soon and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for transporting wine home.  I'd rather not check in my luggage but it doesn't appear that there are easy options to ship all your wine (except from each winery separately). Any suggestions?  Also, once I'm back from the trip, are there any good online ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Taking Wine Home from Vacation


  • The 2013-2014 Avalon Cabernet from Napa County has been a midweek QPR for the past 2 years. On sale I can get it in the $13-$14 range. The regular price is usually $15-$16. Blackberry/Black Cherry, a hint of mocha, some tartness/acidity in the mid-palate. Medium body with a smooth rather short finish. A really good young drinker that does not br... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Nichelini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1991

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    No written review

    Wine review by jlf006


  • 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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