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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Subregions of Napa

  • Carneros

    Los Carneros- The first AVA one comes to as one splits off the Napa Vallejo Highway and takes rou...

  • Stag's 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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • William Hill Winery

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

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  • Stags' Leap Winery Red Blend Napa Valley Ne Cede Malis 2005


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  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros 2005


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  • Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California 2007


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  • We had a couple of fellow wine lovers (Debbie & Rick) over for a most ... ... ... some of the wineries in Napa (Barnett, St. Francis and Duckhorn) when we did our first trip there in 2012.  For dinner we served pasta - my wife Sandra made an lovely sauce with grilled sausage, along with some shrimps also cooked on our grill. Regarding the win... Read More

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  • Hi Greg,Thanks for all the information, sorry I didn't mention I have 10 ... you are talking about in the Napa Valley.I understand I need Label approval, go through the TTB because it's alcohol and here in CT the alcohol are all price controlled.  I know it's a lot to research and I appreciate all the feedback regarding the wine industry and w... Read More

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  • OK so you're farther along than I thought.The guy is Jorge Ordonez. His ... of those people who visited Napa, tasted a wine, thought she was the first person ever to taste a wine, and decided to blog about wine and make a career of it. With wine, you need to get label approval, you need to get it shipped, and you need to get it landed. Then yo... Read More

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  • Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros 2010


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  • Eagles Trace Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008


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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... 2000 Napa Valley Chardonnay  |  2 in stock  |  $49.99 La Gomerie 2000 St Emilon   |  18 in stock  |  $99.99 La Mondotte 1998 St Emilon   |  4 in stock  |  $199.99 La Motte, Domaine de 1988 Coteaux du Layon Rochefort  |  1 in stock  |  $19.99 La Scolca 2009 Gavi ... Read More

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