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

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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

  • Three Thieves

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Sorry to hear of your experience at Cook. I should have mentioned they are a small place, showing up without reservations with a party larger than two would be problematic.So where did you go in Calistoga that was so meh? PM me if you don't want to mention it here. It's just as important to know who to avoid as it is who to visit. Read More

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  • Have a great time NG.  We love Barnett Vineyards and Duckhorn Vineyards.     Read More

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  • Food: St HelenaCindy's Backstreet KitchenBrasswoodPress $$$$Guigni's DeliCookFarmstead at Long Meadow RanchGott's RoadsideFood: CalistogaSolbar at Solage ResortEvangelineBrannan's GrillBuster's Southern BBQ - very casual/lunch/best tri-tip sandwich in existence Read More

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  • Thanks all! If any other ideas, keep them coming. Restaurants too, and also wineries in Calistoga. I tried to respond earlier, but still unable to do so with android phone.  A major hindrance here on snooth for me.Nice to see all the regulars here, and happy holidays to all of you!  JD emailed me for contact info, so hopefully we will all be tal... Read More

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  • Does Heitz still have the $0 tasting fee?  That seems pretty compelling to me. Read More

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  • NG, nice to hear from you again! Read More

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  • Their regular tastings are complementary. Read More

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  • In St Helena proper, Hall, Heitz, Corison $, Del Dotto or as the locals call it Del Blotto! Alpha Omega closer to Rutherford. These will likely be open as other small back road labels will be iffy as far as holiday hours go.ACME Fine Wines in St Helena will Coravin a few bottles. Great people, off the beaten path, low production wines.I'll be in... Read More

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  • No jumping across the hills at all? Still would guess OT has some good suggestions... Read More

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  • Happy bird-day VV! Read More

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