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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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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...

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  • 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...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Sola

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

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  • Here's an offer from another vendor on that list. Lots of mouthwatering ... ... and well keyed into the Napa scene.    Take a look at this list -- MAYACAMAS, HEITZ, MONTELENA, ARAUJO, RIDGE, GRACE, CAYMUS, DUNN.... Dear Oenophile,  Now THIS is something I can dig into! I'm terribly tempted on the '74 Mayacamas. And a recent '91 Grace I had wa... Read More

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  • Can get these - prices AUD We can add any of the following to our order. ... Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa Valley, $89ea2015 Failla Chardonnay, Haynes Vineyard, Coombsville, $110ea2015 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $79ea2015 Failla Pinot Noir, Keefer Ranch, Russian River, $99ea2015 Failla Syrah, Hudson Vineyard, Napa Valley, $99ea 2013 C... Read More

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  • Stagecoach is the largest vineyard in Napa Valley and Gallo is the largest vineyard management company in the US. The vineyard owners are ready to retire and the kids do not want to carry on the farming business. Wines from the vineyard are solid but unimpressive for the most part. Gallo has the resources to farm it properly and frankly it fits ... Read More

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  • The Eagle Screams into Burgundy Screaming Eagle Owner Buys Majority Stake ... with Charles Banks to buy Napa Cult Cabernet producer Screaming Eagle. (Kroenke bought out Banks' stakes in both Screaming Eagle and Santa Barbara winery Jonata in 2009.)&nbs Read More

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  • OT, last night must have been a Pobega that Bedrock night.  We took this ... folks that went to Sonoma/Napa with us earlier this month).  I decanted it early in the afternoon and it was still a bit tight when served with dinner. By the time of the last glass it had opened up quite nicely.  This is more about fruit and spice, less about jam.  G... Read More

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  • Not sure how that would work since the slate will eventually become whatever ... of my uncle's house in Napa. He built onto a mountain that was essentially a huge rock and for a cellar, he just went downstairs and knocked out a huge piece of it. The mountain continued up behind his house, so his cellar walls were probably a few miles thick. Th... Read More

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  • Thanks - Mumm also have a Napa Sparkling Read More

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  • Shramsberg is local Napa, arguably the best domestic US bubbly, and that includes every effort from the French transplants. From the mid-60s the Davies updated one of the early Napa vineyards and made the smart decision to focus on sparkling, which then evolved to become one of the first US wines to get press whereby the president (Reagan at the... Read More

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  • Santa? In March no less? Well yes, I exist all year round, and I've been ... ... we could exchanging Cult Napa Cabernet, Giacosa Barolo or Grand Cru Burgundy or Krug Champagne.A dollar a day. Reveal day could really be something special. Can this get any traction? Please discus Read More

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  • Sounds a bit like my US experienceSan Francisco twiceNapa twiceNew York onceBoston OnceCamden Maine onceLA oncePhoenix OnceSan Diego OnceHonolulu OnceEnjoyed them allWine experience aside NewYork was Amazing was there 15 months after 9/11 was very sobering that part Read More

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