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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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • 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...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I ... ... 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off to WineBid to pick up some recent iwnnings but on the way Instopped at Napa Valley Wine and Cigar to visit my good friends Randy and Carrie Bowman and catch up. While browsing the aisles I found an old favorite ... Read More

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  • Orin Swift "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2009

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    Structured and layered, and well beyond it's supposed prime, this was great. Blackberry, dustiness, spice, dark cherry, mocha with tolerable tannins and great acidity. Just shows what cellaring properly can do. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2013

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    A lot of berry fruit on entry brings fear of a wimpy fruit bomb. However, then A LOT of tannin tells you this is a grownups wine. Nothing earth-shaking, here, but a solid experience for less than $20. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Y'know, in the bad old days I, too, hated CA Merlot.Then, a miracle ... ones from (surprise) Napa Valley.  Al, I know that you are a fan of the Barnett winery.  So, am I, and I am being patient with a 2013 Spring Mountain Merlot form them that I bought last summer (at less than half the $98 tarriff of that Duckhorn).So, getting in the Merlot gr... Read More

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  • Joseph Carr Napa Valley Merlot 2013

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    I must admit I was leery at first, but settled in and was wonderful. Plum, blackberry, judicious spice and layered spice with framing tannins/acidity driving a good after taste. Drink or hold - 18-24 mths - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • AL - Decanting would have been a good idea - you're right there.Getting the ... ... - I liked the 1st (Their Napa Valley Cab) so why not?  $21US and it was sumptuous.  Plum, blackberry, judicious spice, layers of dark chocolate, wisps of oak and framing tannins/acidity that drive a wonderful aftertaste - steak win Read More

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  • MJ - Fancy that, another Napa cab that is quite good.  If I had to choose one region for Cabernet Sauvignon, it would be Napa Valley.  SIP - That's quite a tasty spread, finished with a nice Pinot Noir.  I also like how you combine the pictures too for efficiency.  DM - How old are your daughters?   Read More

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  • Myriad Semillon Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley 2016

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    VERY refreshing. Nice entry of unsweetened tropical fruitpineapple, bananaand, maybe, even, green apple. Green apple may come from acidic tartness. I am really getting tingling on the top of my tongue from the acid. Im now getting lemon zest. Great summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of ... ... ... the '70s reds from Napa, and then batches of '80s and '90s from Napa and Sonoma and even Monterey.What are the dream wines from Oz? Tucked away, just waiting for us, in the Cheval Blanc cellars: And here're some '90 Burgs and '91 northern Rhones that excite me... Read More

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  • Definitely have some to add. Here are the first dozen or so off the top of my ... ... to say but not sure how Napa Cabernet gets much better. Was very fortunate to get a taste of this the other night.2011 Benjamin Leroux Batard Montrachet - This was a stunner had over the weekend. Gotta love a good Batard! &nbs Read More

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