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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Varietals Produced in Napa View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • 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

  • Invictus Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Tom7Sadowski


  • Myriad Semillon Mcgah Family Vineyard Napa Valley 2015

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    Clear pale yellow in color. Fresh fruited nose. On the tongue a lot of stone fruitpeach, apricot, tropical fruitbanana, pineapple. Some bitterness on the rear palate. Excellent bright acidity. Very satisfying aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 2013 Kathryn Hall Napa seems to be a value. &%***##$$@@.  I dont have the capabilities to write Japanese or Chinese yet on this page. Any suggestions? Asia Best com? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth Forums has Def. been...


  • Had some friends over and maybe got a little carried away but had a great time ... to end the evening on a nice Napa cab franc, because we could.The Sancerre was a good bit better than the Miraflor but both were excellent. Dumol was a big Russian River chard with a good bit of oak, but enough fruit and acid to balance it out. The Bedrock Pagan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Step it up, guys!  No one bought anything in three days? I sent my ... For $16, one 2012 Carpe Diem Napa Valley (Christian Moueix, made at Napanook/Dominus from purchased fruit, might be a fruit bomb but he's more restrained than, say, Michel Rolland) and two 2013 Rudy (Von Strasser) Napa Cabs, supposedly all Diamond Mountain fruit, for $20.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • T-Vine Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2012

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    Dark and brooding is right! Big nose of blackberry, oak, cloves, earthy tones and Damson plum. Loaded with big fruit, tannins and acidity this is not for the faint of heart and 3-4 yrs cellaring. Decant for now - Paul 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • So where was the Faiveley stored the last 10 years for its label to get like ... ... wine there. Wonder where Napa and Sonoma and Santa Barbara, etc. will be in 900 years?Hard for me to look at most anything without trying to understand its background and how it got to be the way it is.... &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy, Barolo Dinner at...


  • Heitz Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014

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    rich, structured, buttery, and complex :) Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Rocker,There are several nutjobs who post stuff like this.  It's been awhile for Keenan Winery, but you're right, it's not worth talking about. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


  • Stupid question - I've you extol the the virtues of Keenan wines in the past -" We continue to bottle"...do you work for them, why do you do this?    The wine itself is no longer on their website and wine searcher comes up with zilch. It appears to be a waste of time to me. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


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