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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

  • Bond

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Very beautiful dark plum color. Nose of dark fruit, earthiness. Terrific on the tongue. Nice suggestion of dried fruit on the tip of the tonguecassis, blueberry, and maybe, plum. Tannin does not hit until mid-palate. This wine is so easy to drink. It is very approachable now. While there is still tannin there, Im not sure there is enough ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome, M Y.  There are 3 or 4 threads here where we discuss the wines we ... on the Keenan Merlot--the Napa Valley bottling is slighty preferable to me over the Carneros bottlin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Franciscan Merlot Napa 2006

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    The wine has an inky black color at the center leading to some bright ruby ...-napa-valley-merlot.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Route Stock Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012

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    The wine is a deep, inky color in the glass with bright ruby along the edges, ...-napa-valley-cabernet.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine has that classic Cabernet look, deep inky black at the center and ... ... just a classic, high-quality Napa Cabernet, with a bit of black fruit up front, blackberry and a bit of cherry, that transition nicely to some earthy notes midpalate. The tannins are robust, giving rise to the long, smooth and extremely dry finish.see the full ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley 2012

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    The wine is a deep ruby color at the edges leading to an inky black at the ...-napa-valley-merlot.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • V. Sattui Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Vittorio's Vineyard 2012

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple color, just what you'd expect from a nice quality Cabernet. The nose presents aromas of leather, oak and ripe berries that practically dare you to resist taking a sip. The taste is taste is a rush of black cherry and raspberry that quickly transition to some complex mineral notes of dusty limestone midpalate. T... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is an inky black color at the center, with bright ruby along the edges, just as you'd expect from a high quality Cabernet. The nose is a pleasant combination of blueberry, espresso and a hint of smoke, The taste is a wonderful rush of ripe fruit up front, blueberries, blackberries and cherries, that transition nicely to some wonderful... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Edge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple at the center with bright ruby along the edges. ... edges. The nose is classic Napa Cabernet, with aromas of leather, cedar and anise with wonderful notes of ripe black fruit. The taste is wonderfully fruit forward with a rush of blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions nicely to some spice notes of cinnamo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Hendry Pinot Noir Napa Valley Hendry Ranch 2006

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    The wine is a lighter garnet color, somewhat darker and with a bit more of a ...-napa-valley-pinot-noir.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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

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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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