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 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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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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  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Bond

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

  • 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 ...

  • Three Thieves

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Thanks NG for the report. Happy Birthday VV! Sounds like a beautiful wine indeed.  Read More

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  • Tx for the B-day wishes!  Here's my notes from the '03 Spring Mtn. Vineyard Elivette.Beautiful Spring Mtn. Vineyard cab blend (88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc).  The perfume nose consists of cocoa powder and ripe raspberry. There's a tongue coating presence of red plum, raspberry, black licorice and tamarind balanced by prom... Read More

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  • Spring Mountain Elivette Red 2003

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    Beautiful Spring Mtn. Vineyard cab blend (88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc). The perfume nose consists of cocoa powder and ripe raspberry. There's a tongue coating presence of red plum, raspberry, black licorice and tamarind balanced by prominent but fine grained tannin, medium (-) acidity, and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I must've read too fast... Happy Birthday, VV!!!And Happy New Year, GregT... hope you are doing well. Read More

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  • Hey NG - Happy New Year! Hope all's well with you. Read More

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  • Thanks for the report, NG.  It is always interesting to read wine country trip reports.  I am going to keep Bistro Don Giovanni in mind.  I've certainly driven past it a lot. Happy B'day, v v.  Coincidentally, it is also my little brother's birthday. Read More

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  • OT-  Yes, I looked up Cook beforehand and saw they were small, and reservations suggested.  It was our arrival evening, so it was just us, party of  two.  I called ~15min before we arrived, and was told there was seating at the bar, to come on in- first come first served.  Of course that is something that can change quickly, and it did.  I under... Read More

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  • NG, so glad you enjoyed the Spring Mtn. tasting! The people there seem to get ... ... to many other high end Napa cabs, it isn't outrageously expensive either).  We're very much looking forward to being back there in March.Being thusly inspired, I opened this bottle for my B-day dinner tonight. Nothing fancy, just the CFO and I, baked potato,... Read More

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  • Happy New Year everyone!I just wanted to post a quick update on our little ... ... ...  Not being a "Napa" person per se, this was our favorite stop.OT, we tried to get into Cook for dinner, but it was pretty full and we were turned away.  To be very honest, I have to say that the folks there were a bit rude, but in all fairness, Napa Valley ... Read More

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  • Quivet Cellars Pellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Nose shows some dark fruit, and some leather. Pleasant hit of currant on the tip of the tongue. Some, pucker tannin, but only what is expected. Sure enough, as the wine passes under the rear palate there is the leather or, maybe, tobacco, or, maybe, powdered cocoa sensation. Fruit seems to linger on the aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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