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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Irony

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard 2013

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    The kind of pinot that I like. Not in your face with fruit. There is, in fact red fruit, here, but it is a suggestion, only. That is a good thing. Another suggestion of spicenutmeg? Some earthiness, and some sourness, Appropriately, for a Pinot Noir, not full-bodied, at all. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • There is another very well respected wine discussion group (that I will not name) where this sort of thing happens all the time.When certain winery’s have a wine release, you can be sure that certain frequent posters will release their tasting notes on that winery’s wines. No doubt, that these posters receive some sort of recompense (whether in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Best Vintage Winery in...


  • Heitz Cabernet Napa Valley 2006

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    Outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by Sonwil


  • Boeschen Vineyards Carrera Red Blend Napa 2014

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    Creamy black currant and blackberry aromas with vanilla, clean and deceptively light while still being aromatic. On the palate this is juicy, smooth and textured with a sweet baking spice backbone, vanilla and butter notes, a touch of leather, licorice and cinnamon spice, bold black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit and a harmonious mid... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Something of a yeasty nose. Subdued black fruit on entry. Slight sensation of bitterness, which actually seems to enhance the experience. Solid tannin and acid suggest that this wine can lay sideways a bit longer. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Blend California 2014

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    Classic black currant and blackberry jam aromas with light flowers, soft clay and earth notes. This is full and rich on the palate, approachable and clean through the mid palate with juicy black cherry, blackberry preserve and black currant notes, soft spice and chewy tannins coming through on the finish while black fruit continues to wash throu... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Had at Stone Creek Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Mark, if you haven't already, next time you're in Napa set up a tasting with Carole Meredith & Steve Lagier.  You taste at their house on top of Mt. Veeder overlooking their vineyards. Great people, great wines and one of the most educational wine experiences I've ever had, oh yeah, the view doesn't suck either.On another note, we were invited t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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.

    Comment by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin


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

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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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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