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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • 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

  • We must have kept him up too late last night. Had a great time at Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro. Lots of good food, good conversation and good wine. I'll let vinO do his report. Read More

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  • Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Bosché Vineyard 1980

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    I was gifted this wine by my brother-in-law who found it at an estate sale. So, provenance is questionable. This wine is clearly well on the downward slope. Initial impression is that it is pretty flaccid and a bit tart. Subsequent tastes, though, seem to say to me that there is nothing really all that bad about it. The tartness does seem to... Read More

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  • Excellent adventure, v v.  Keep the reports coming.  That poster is awesome.  Sadly, it hits a bit close to home--another order to Bedrock the other day that was OKed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, but now I think I owe her a new bedroom set. Read More

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  • I forgot to mention, speaking of Apsara, Robin's name is on one of the bottles I'm bringing to dinner tonight. Read More

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  • As I drove past Radford Inn on my way to work yesterday morning in the dense fog I was tempted to lay on my horn but thought better of that at the last minute.Stopped by on my way home from work yesterday to see Fred, Ed and Judy. Judy said she enjoyed seeing you. Came home with the '10 Hallberg and the '11 RRV. Both were great. The nose on the ... Read More

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  • Just when we thought this much fun couldn’t possibly continue we had day three.Started off with another fine breakfast at our B&B to lay in a good base and then off to our first appointment at Emeritus. Our enthusiastic host Laurel started us off with a taste of their Hallberg Ranch pinot and a tour of the vineyard and winery. This was followed ... Read More

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  • RRV, what a fantastic place!OT, Fogline has been added to the list, not sure ... Sunday is going to be our Napa day but we're already booked with 3 appointments. Apsara, Failla and Spring Mountain.First wine stop on day two was Iron Horse for some bubbles to start the day.  We did the sparkling wine tasting which consisted of five different wi... Read More

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  • Heat will help, even with really old dried and hard wax. But how to apply such ... on his Howell and not on his Napa and I sure can't tell any difference in the wine that might be due to the capsule Read More

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  • This is a fantastic wine tasting trip.  Who is who in the above picture?  Is that OT in red? Read More

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  • The kitty belongs to Barnett Vineyards.  This cool kitty knows he rules the grounds but he does so with a soft paw as opposed to an iron fist.  All the Duckhorn wines that we've tried have been very tasty - Migration, Paradux, etc.  Everyone should try their wines sometime, but I understand that with OT nearby and his expertise, you should go wi... Read More

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