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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  • 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...

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  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Irony

    Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astrona...

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

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  • Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is an inky black color at the center, with bright ruby along the edges, just as you'd expect from a high quality Cabernet. The nose is a pleasant combination of blueberry, espresso and a hint of smoke, The taste is a wonderful rush of ripe fruit up front, blueberries, blackberries and cherries, that transition nicely to some wonderful... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Edge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple at the center with bright ruby along the edges. ... edges. The nose is classic Napa Cabernet, with aromas of leather, cedar and anise with wonderful notes of ripe black fruit. The taste is wonderfully fruit forward with a rush of blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions nicely to some spice notes of cinnamo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Hendry Pinot Noir Napa Valley Hendry Ranch 2006

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    The wine is a lighter garnet color, somewhat darker and with a bit more of a ...-napa-valley-pinot-noir.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Charles Krug Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is a deep, inky black at the center, with bright ruby along the edges, classic for a Napa Cabernet. The nose is a lovely combination of graphite, leather, black cherry and a hint of blueberry. The taste is a lovely rush of black fruit, cherry cola and mocha that transition to some mineral notes midpalate. The finish is wonderful, wit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Atlas Peak 2007

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    The wine is a classic Napa Cabernet, with deep, inky black at the center and bright ruby along the edges. The nose a fantastic rush of leather, oak, vanilla and ripe dark fruit that practically begs you to take a sip. The taste is just amazing with a rush of ripe fruit, black cherry, blackberry and blueberry, that lingers a bit as the more com... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Charles Krug Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros 2014

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    Disjointed. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Attended a Washington Ballet performance today at the Warner Theater in ... ... their finest Chardonnay from Napa (don't remember the winery).  Lovely mea Read More

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  • We can't make it over there this year, as we have two vacations coming up ...  We were thinking about Napa / Sonoma in 2018 though.  Perhaps we'll be able to attend the next on Read More

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  • I announced it elsewhere, but I had been thinking about an offline in July. ... ... Ribolla Gialla from Napa?) or maybe one of the big grapes we don't do often--Cab--from all over the world.  I'm really interested in S. African and Australian examples, also Italian and maybe E. European if we do that. We could also make it a dual themed one b... Read More

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  • Well, looky here.  Another wine-stained label.  How, ever does this ... is relative) Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that hits well above it's weight.Not nearly as cool as going to the Virginia Gold Cup, I spend Sunday restoring my garage from the disarray of yesterday's plumbing project.  My car is now properly parked in the garage.  For those of you ... Read More

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