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...

  • 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

  • Sola

    Sola tries to produce the best quality 'varietally correct' Calif and sub-appellations wines po...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

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    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

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    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


  • Last night Matt Denny and I attended the Napa Grape Growers Association Annual Dinner at The Ranch Winery in St Helena. As wine events go is was kinda typical with a reception hour followed by introductions, Grower of the Year Award presentation and dinner. Just a bit more upscale than my Sonoma events. Wines poured by the glass during the recep... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • No canned "Mock Duck" for us tonight  : pGoing to steam some ... polished off this fantastic Napa Sauv Blanc.  The nose comes across with some really nice lemon pith. None of that overblown grapefruit here, just layers of creamy lemon and honeysuckle, a nice, slightly tart, bite on the back sides of the tongue, medium acidity and a medium finis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age well?We ... red Cameron's Cuvee from Napa Valley to pair with my flat iron steak salad.  We were going to just share a 20-year tawny port for dessert, but they brought two glasses for fun.  We left a nice tip.&nbs Read More

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  • Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Very beautiful dark plum color. Nose of dark fruit, earthiness. Terrific on the tongue. Nice suggestion of dried fruit on the tip of the tonguecassis, blueberry, and maybe, plum. Tannin does not hit until mid-palate. This wine is so easy to drink. It is very approachable now. While there is still tannin there, Im not sure there is enough ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome, M Y.  There are 3 or 4 threads here where we discuss the wines we ... on the Keenan Merlot--the Napa Valley bottling is slighty preferable to me over the Carneros bottlin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Franciscan Merlot Napa 2006

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    The wine has an inky black color at the center leading to some bright ruby ...-napa-valley-merlot.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Route Stock Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012

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    The wine is a deep, inky color in the glass with bright ruby along the edges, ...-napa-valley-cabernet.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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