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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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Varietals Produced in Napa View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Atlas Peak 2007

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    The wine is a classic Napa Cabernet, with deep, inky black at the center and bright ruby along the edges. The nose a fantastic rush of leather, oak, vanilla and ripe dark fruit that practically begs you to take a sip. The taste is just amazing with a rush of ripe fruit, black cherry, blackberry and blueberry, that lingers a bit as the more com... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Charles Krug Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros 2014

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    Disjointed. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Attended a Washington Ballet performance today at the Warner Theater in ... ... their finest Chardonnay from Napa (don't remember the winery).  Lovely mea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • We can't make it over there this year, as we have two vacations coming up ...  We were thinking about Napa / Sonoma in 2018 though.  Perhaps we'll be able to attend the next on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for an offline?


  • I announced it elsewhere, but I had been thinking about an offline in July. ... ... Ribolla Gialla from Napa?) or maybe one of the big grapes we don't do often--Cab--from all over the world.  I'm really interested in S. African and Australian examples, also Italian and maybe E. European if we do that. We could also make it a dual themed one b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for an offline?


  • Well, looky here.  Another wine-stained label.  How, ever does this ... is relative) Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that hits well above it's weight.Not nearly as cool as going to the Virginia Gold Cup, I spend Sunday restoring my garage from the disarray of yesterday's plumbing project.  My car is now properly parked in the garage.  For those of you ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • I believe the group associated with this wine tasting event is Feast it ... ... associated with wines from Napa / Sonoma.  I cannot find a meaning of GEMS otherwise.  With regard to the entrance fee, yes it was high but I think it's a bit of a donation too.Oh, I still have more pictures!  You know me... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting - 2017 'GEMS on...


  • Interesting lineup--nice group of California quality-but-not-cult makers.  ... pretty constrained area from Napa to the RRV (and not a ton of RRV) except the Pisoni PN, I think.  But I really cannot see the connection, unless the East Coast distributor is common to all of them. A lot to sample, and with the high entrance fee, one tries to do to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting - 2017 'GEMS on...


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