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 »

Mentor for Napa Wines

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).

View Profile » View Top Lists »

View More

Popular wines made in Napa under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Sola

    Sola tries to produce the best quality 'varietally correct' Calif and sub-appellations wines po...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Irony

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

Page 2 of 1,000

Napa on Snooth

  • Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Sean Minor Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by BuffieJo


  • Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros California Chardonnay Chardonnay 2009

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by WineyChrissy


  • DM, what would you like to know?We've been to Paso many times over the last ... or fruit forward as a lot of Napa cabs tend to be.In Monterey we didn't make it out into wine country as there must have been at least two dozen tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea, plus it would have been an hours drive each wa Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004

    Snoothrank:

    Lots of woodsiness in the noseI get that, a lot, from Spring Mountain fruit. Nicely settled black cassis fruit. Towards the back of the palate there are certainly the suggestions of leather or tobacco. A decade, or so, of bottle age has certainly calmed down the tannins, but this wine is no wimp. It will stand up to the most robust meal. Wi... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Merlot Santa Helena Chile 2008

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by jmlyons03


  • Terra Valentine Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty purple color. Berries on entryblueberry seems to provide sweetishness and blackberry seems to provide jamminess. There are, also, some plum flavors. Some still very serious tanninthat seems to be a signature characteristic of Spring Mountain red wines--but Im liking it. Tannin, understandably, causes some roughness way in the rea... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Last September I signed up for the Apsara Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay ... ... Volume IV, Chapter 2 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay, I pulled out my credit card and signed up for 3 of the Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Quivet Cellars Kenefick Ranch Syrah 2013

    Snoothrank:

    A quite rich wine. Blackberry on entrydangerously close to jamminess. The wine, though, does acquire an attractive savoriness. Still some pretty sturdy tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Same fruit, same vineyard, same vintage conpletely different beasts. I opened ... opened ... USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga (3/27/2018)Man this pours dark. Perhaps the blackest wine I have ever opened. With that said it’s not the big massve behemoth it could be considering the intense color. Blackberry and plum stain the glass, the d... 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


  • New image uploaded to this page.

    Page modification by 122460queenie nyc 122460 queenie nyc


  • 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


prev 1 2 3 4 5  ...  1000 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

  • $28.89
    17% off
    Bernard Morey Maranges la Fussiere Premiere Cru
    Bernard Morey Maranges la Fussiere Premiere Cru 2006
  • $34.19
    17% off
    Vincent Girardin Saint-Aubin les Murgers de Dents de Chien Premiere Cru
    Vincent Girardin Saint-Aubin les Murgers de Dents de Chien Premiere Cru 2006
See More Deals

Napa Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Napa wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network