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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Bond

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

  • 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 ...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. . The 1992 vintage garner...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

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  • Quivet Cellars Kenefick Ranch Syrah 2013

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    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?


  • In this video, Keenan Winery Artistic Director and “Wine Wife,” ... Winery on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley above St. Helena, CA. Here, she introduces the Dorothea Lange Photo Exhibit, one of the most renowned photographers of our time. She also talks about the Yarn Bombed bicycle hanging above the fireplace in the tasting room, and the old a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever wondered about the...


  • Dvolger I find Washington wines to be a much better buy than Napa. I think I can get a equal Washington wine for 60-70% for the same quality as. Napa  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ellen,I think this thread normally would have been tagged as SPAM, but some well-meaning person with the ability to "OK" it, decided it was worthwhile because it mentions wine.  Most of the replies are sarcastic.This was a pretty decent forum, but the SPAM attacks drove us crazy and most have abandoned this forum.  I still stop in occasionally. Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Best Vintage Winery in...


  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard 2013

    Snoothrank:

    The kind of pinot that I like. Not in your face with fruit. There is, in fact red fruit, here, but it is a suggestion, only. That is a good thing. Another suggestion of spicenutmeg? Some earthiness, and some sourness, Appropriately, for a Pinot Noir, not full-bodied, at all. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • There is another very well respected wine discussion group (that I will not name) where this sort of thing happens all the time.When certain winery’s have a wine release, you can be sure that certain frequent posters will release their tasting notes on that winery’s wines. No doubt, that these posters receive some sort of recompense (whether in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Best Vintage Winery in...


  • Heitz Cabernet Napa Valley 2006

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    Outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by Sonwil


  • Boeschen Vineyards Carrera Red Blend Napa 2014

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    Creamy black currant and blackberry aromas with vanilla, clean and deceptively light while still being aromatic. On the palate this is juicy, smooth and textured with a sweet baking spice backbone, vanilla and butter notes, a touch of leather, licorice and cinnamon spice, bold black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit and a harmonious mid... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Something of a yeasty nose. Subdued black fruit on entry. Slight sensation of bitterness, which actually seems to enhance the experience. Solid tannin and acid suggest that this wine can lay sideways a bit longer. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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