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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Irony

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • 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

  • Peju Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2014

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    Lemon, honeydew melon and sunflower aromas with a touch of cut grass. Classic Napa Sauvignon Blanc character in the mouth - warm and clean, and driven by citrus fruits - lemon and lime, with a good dose of peach and apricot with gruyere cheese. The finish is creamy and long with hints of lemon ice or lemon creme. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Renteria Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    May 22 dinner with craig and Donna at Sugo Read More

    Wine review by rjemantra


  • Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Lots of apple and melon aromatics. Similar flavors hit the tongue on introduction. The wine does evolve as it passes back. Some hints of mineral mid-palate. Good citric acid mid- to back-palate. Controlled use of oakyou can detect the complexity that it adds, but this is no butter-bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Haven't a clue as to those pics from Italy but I do have a few of my own to ... own to contribute.Mendocino:Napa:Paso:OT's backyard:Willamette:Harvest in Puligny-Montrache Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • JD - You might notice I picked up a few bottles of the CA Roederer sparkling ... even head up to Sonoma or Napa....first stopping in San Francisco to taste the cuisin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot 2012

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    Another one from lunch at Marcello's. The Winemaker's notes on Wine.com seem spot on to me. 'This well-balanced and darkly colored wine evokes the scents of saddle leather, coffee and plum, with traces of smokiness amidst its rich fruit. A smooth entry on the palate leads into ripe flavors of plums, prunes and cocoa, balanced by acidity and a gr... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Flint & Steel Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2014

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    Very light lemon and peach aromas with definite flinty notes that are the namesake of this wine. Flavors are fairly light, with notes of clay, peach and grapefruit. Strong acidity bites on the finish more than in the mouth as the fruit is well in balance. While it's pleasing there's some extra bit of fruit that's missing as the palate drops off ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We really enjoyed our Viking River Cruise ; I'm not sure where ... ... ... would like to return to Napa in 201 Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • VIN0VIN0 I am *sorry* for my mistake on the previous post... THANK YOU for getting me to Fred! He is so inspiring and an outstanding wine maker!OUTTHERE: not the most flattering picture of me, but you are excused because it was indeed a pretty cool moment!EMARK: thank you as well for the tips. And yes, you are so right: I have so much to learn! ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Napa and Sonoma -...


  • Next time Vino!Wine tasting with smart phones in the room... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Napa and Sonoma -...


  • 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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