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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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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Grgich Hills Merlot 2013

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    Interesting wine. VERY light on the fruitcassis, blueberryon the tip of the tongue. Im thinking Cabernet Sauvignon, here, not Merlot. Some stoniness. Very serious tannin. Im OK with this wine, as is, because I really did not pay much for it. However, the lack of fruit and the lack of acid suggests to me that it is not a candidate for aging. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Peggy and I celebrated our anniversary, this week, up in Cambria.  Other ... Hayne Petit Sirah, 4 X Zins (Napa Estate, Contra Costa County, Old Vines California, Pesenti Vineyard) and an Alicante Bouschet (Uboldi Vineyard).The Hayne PS is vintage 2006.  So, I can open it up pretty soon and not incur the wrath of OT who is of the opinion that P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • We enjoyed a very nice Italian symphony (with Martha Argerich) last night at ... Sauvignon (Freemark Abby, Napa Valley).  After that, it was two glasses of scotch to finish the mea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Just in case you missed it - there are big fires in Napa/Sonima right now - nobody is talking about "Premiere Napa Valley"  except for insensitive souls such as yourself.141 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Premiere Napa Valley: Rare &...


  • If you've been in and around Napa Valley lately, you may have heard the buzz. Premiere Napa Valley, one of the most exclusive and important, annual wine auctions, will be taking place at the end of this month. The main thing to know about Premiere Napa Valley is that is a private–but important–event. Here's why:Every winter, Napa's top winemaker... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Premiere Napa Valley: Rare &...


  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    reminds Buccaneer Cab but more smooth Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Napa Valley Momentum 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Purchased in lieu of the Napa Fires Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2014

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    Purchased in lieu of the recent Napa Sonoma Fires. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Apsara Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch 2012

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    Pleasant, fruity nose. Currant and prune on the tongue. Then some coffee and dustiness. Still some quite stiff tannins. Some raspiness on the rear palate. While this is an enjoyable wine, today, it can do with a few more years of sideways. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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