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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 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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  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

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  • Does anyone have any experience with these wines?Seems like it would suit my ... my ... that they're a Napa producer known for their whites, and their blocked malo/ neutral barrel Chardonnay. Apparently the winemaker who's been there for 40 years was an assistant for Ric Forman for a couple years before getting plucked by Stony Hill.I'm going... Read More

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  • We're even with the Golden Gate and we haven't had much rain at all.  However, there has been a bit more up OT's way and farther north.  Not enough to replenish the ground water that is being depleted or refill reservoirs.  More tragically, the Sierra snow pack is worse this year.  In fact, pretty much the worst it has ever been.  Far from being... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Vineyards and Winery...


  • I believe the rough average for Napa and Sonoma is 25 - 30, but if the 30 is occurring in a micro climate that typically gets closer to 40, I could see why they wouldn't mind an extra few inches to close out the season. Hopefully they do get it. It feels like we're about 20% below average this year, give or take. But up from the last couple of s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Vineyards and Winery...


  • I'd missed this April 21 posting, and it is quite interesting.  While I have enjoyed wne for a long time, I am not terribly knowledgeable in many aspects of winemaking and farming.  So, technical information on farming is quite interesting.  I live in Southern California and I don't think we've had 10 inches of rain since October, although, we a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Vineyards and Winery...


  • Yeah but they're not like Napa. Wine tourism isn't a billion dollar industry in most of France, and especially in the south. My recommendation would be to find a nice place to stay and then look around from there, There's a lot of wine but much of it is made by smaller producers that may or may not have importers. Some of it is pretty bad, some ... Read More

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  • Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2012

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  • Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:94558.1.99999http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/napa-ca/94559/daily-weather-forecast/327133http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCA0750:1:USApparently I will be leaving beautiful, sunny, 84F New York summer for temperatures in 40s, 50s and 60s...I know... we don't have *that* kind of wine. It's ... Read More

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  • Haha... "fortuna" is not that abundant on my end (although I do consider myself fortunate in other areas), so I am taking a more frugal approach: cheap hotel, affordable food, spend the little money I do have in tastings and wine.I learned now that the weather will be colder than New York and even rainy one of the days! Whatever will I do on a r... Read More

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  • Unless you are incredibly lacking fortuna, you will find very good wine at most ... ... you have not visited Napa-Sonoma before, you are in for a treat.  Even the coffee and the local produce is good.  People live here for lifestyle and it shows... all the way up to Mendocino and beyon Read More

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