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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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • 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...

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

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Napa on Snooth

  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2012

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    Great easy buttery Chardonnay Read More

    Wine review by Anijade


  • I really hate these bottles with the painted on labels This is a terrific ... years that was very good to Napa Valley.Currant or blueberry on the tip of the tongue.  Very nicely integrated tannins and acid--this is ai full-bodied wine, but no single dimension slaps you in the face.We are having winter, today, in eastern Los Angeles county.  Pe... Read More

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  • Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Lovely wine. Currant, blueberry on the tip of the tongue. A sturdy wine, but civilized. Tannins and acids are nicely integrated. Some slight suggestionsuggestion, not flavorof licorice. Some dustiness. Some fungal happenings on the aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

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    Wonderful elegant full-bodied wine even at the regular price - everything ... ... is not NEARLY as good as the Napa appelations. But you'd better hurry! (Just to manage your expectations/disappointment, I got mine at the Altamonte Springs, FL store - it may not be available where you are, or at that same pric Read More

    Wine review by SonzTwin1


  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2014

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    Not surprisingly, pretty heavily oaked. So there is the buttery, caramel thing going on here. However, there is refreshing citrus--grapefuit-- and tropical fruit--pineapple, kiwi--that provide an excellent counterpoint. Super acidity lasts throughout a quite lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sorry, this is not a very good pic.Beringer 2014 Private Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay.I suppose that, to a large extenet, this one checks off as an over-oaked, buttery California Chardonnay, but let me tell what I like about this one.  It has lots of acid.  I get some grapefruit, but I also get lots of tropical fruit--pineapple, kiwi.  This, t... Read More

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  • Al, I find most red wines, regardless of the maker, from Spring Mountain ... ... ... bottlings--Carneros and Napa Valley.The Carneros bottling is closer to your expectation for Merlot--a softer wine with "sweeter" fruits.The Napa Valley bottling has a large (undisclosed) percentage of grapes grown in Keenan's estate vineyard on Spring Mountai... Read More

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  • Happy New Year all.We went out to Palm Springs for a party, and back for the ... ... Neighbor friend opened a Napa Cab that I actually enjoyed after dinner.&nbs Read More

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  • Here's the unfortunate thing.  Keenan is, in fact, a very good ... of ... of a "Best Winery in Napa Valley" is laughable.Tell us specifics about Keenan wines.  Tell us about the current growing season.  I'm OK with that kind of stuf Read More

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  • DV - Don't waste your breath - they post and go. Read More

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  • 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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