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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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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Napa on Snooth

  • Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Nice and crisp. Suggestion of citruslemon, thankfully, not the grapefruit that seems too overdone with SBs. Very cleanno grassiness or herbalness. A very straightforward easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • DM - We are familiar with the Pinot Noir in Burgundy, as we visited that area ... Pinot Noir from Sonoma and Napa, along with Alexander and Anderson Valleys.  Duckhorn, Medlock Ames, even Barnett make Pinot Noir.  I don't think we tried any Pinot Noir from New Zealand though.The ride to Sturgis would take me a few weeks just to get there, due ... Read More

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


  • Dear DMCKR, if you are near Minami Aoyama and want to come see them I ... the CA wines are mostly from Napa Valley, French are Rhone, Champagne and Bordeaux, and the Aussie/NZ are a bit mixed.  I have purchased them all and have been cellared since purchase.  I hope this helps.  You can also email me directly at brian_marcus@hotmail.com :)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Collection for Sale @...


  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  $120/13,000JPYPaoletti, Malbec, Napa, 2002 $30/3,4,000JPYMargerum UBER Syrah, Santa Barbara, 2008 $60/7,000 JPYLUNA Meritage, Napa "Canto Vineyard" 2000 $60/7,000 JPYParaduxx by Duckhorn, Meritage, Napa "Mallards" $40/4,500 JPYJordan CS, Sonoma 2,000 (no label) $70/8,000 JPYWi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Collection for Sale @...


  • The Marques de Riscal bottle is a comforting sight in many countries I've ... Not quite the behavior of Napa or Sonoma winemakers.Even when staying for long periods in Spain at houses with groups of people ended up buying cases of the stuff. The better bottles were for the people who cared about wine. This wine was for those who just wanted to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... ... bin. Do you see Kirkland Napa Merlot for < $20?  Kirkland Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for < $20?  Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for less than < $20?  Guess what.  They are all pretty darned good wines. Are they better than the Kirkland Chianti or CdP?  Who c... Read More

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  • Emark - you're right to a large extent, and there's a LOT of swill in ... of those things that make a Napa Cab hit $100 in its first vintage. Those low-priced wines get imported, get ratings, and get distributed.So it's far easier to find a good, well-made European wine with real character than it is to find one from the US. In the US, the big... Read More

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  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • We're having Matambre, tonight, and there is absolutely no Malbec in the ... ... was eager to try a 2013 Napa Cab that came in at a pretty reasonable price (it was in the $30).  Quick report is that if there is more the next time I'm at Costco, I'll buy it, again.  I like wines that suggest fruit on the tip of the tongue, but don't blow you a... Read More

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


  • Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Gentle on entry. Very light flavors of cassis, blueberry on the tip of the tongue. Some earthiness. Sturdy tannins and acid. I suppose that aging will not hurt this wine, but I really dont see any reason to not enjoy this wine now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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