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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Jade Mountain

    History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style ...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Zahtila Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyards Georges III 2004

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    Very dark purple in the glass. Something of a green viny nose. Lots of black currant/blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Some herbalitybasil, mintthat is, really, quite pleasant. Something of a dusty sensation which I would attribute to tannin. Not distracting, but noticeable. Something of slate or tarry sensation at the rear palate. A v... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I have a little catching up to do.  Saturday we had friends over and ... ... a bottle of 2012 Martin Ray Napa Valley Reserve.  This belongs on the Napa Cab values list, but I imagine it varies quite a lot from year to year.  Purchased grapes, so there you go.  Anyway, it wasn't a $100 cab, but it tasted like very good Cab (with I'd bet a bit o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • To the above 3 - Thank you and it is true, i worked in a shipyard in San Pedro and have witnessed the hell they cause- stealing food from dock worker's lunch and the like. Hooray for the  octopus. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Napa and Oakville Prop....


  • Dumb question - why seagulls?Because William is awesome!Welcome back for the visit William! Hope you're well.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Napa and Oakville Prop....


  • One of Williams most famous posts involved a picture of seagulls I believe, or at least the thread did. Anyone care to dig it up? Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Napa and Oakville Prop....


  • DV - What showed up in my in box wasn't the above post.received this:  You got it - a big blank.  Odd to say the least.  Dumb question - why seagulls?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Napa and Oakville Prop....


  • Nice, can't even post a photo of a seagull. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Napa and Oakville Prop....


  • Ditto both the above!! He who procrastinates.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Napa and Oakville Prop....


  • Weinbach is good, as mentioned earlier. And so are so many of the rieslings in ... in ... tasting charges in Napa, etc. are a fairly recent occurrence. I don't think I've paid tasting fees in even 5% of all the winery tastings I've done, and that's since the 1970s in a couple dozen countries. Those charging were almost entirely in California ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


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