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 »

Mentor for Napa Wines

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).

View Profile » View Top Lists »

View More

Popular wines made in Napa under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Napa View all

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • Irony

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

  • Sola

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

Page 5 of 1,000

Napa on Snooth

  • OT, a most excellent lineup and quite the diversity. We did a Billecart-Salmon ... Cat. This is a non-vintage Napa cab with nice aromatics, loads of ripe black cherry, somewhat grippy tannins and a nice long finish. Very pleased with our initial EMH purchase and will most likely explore more of her other cabs.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Mirbeau Read More

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Hill Family Estate Origin 2010

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection 2011

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • I'd never heard of Dave Ramsey.  I Googled him before I read your ... ... Al.I had a pretty mediocre Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc with dinner, last nigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • If I remember correctly, last year at Bottle Rock (Annual Music Festival in Napa) the ABC came down hard on a number of wineries who were pouring at the event claiming that their liquor licenses did not allow them to pour wine away from their facilities. Big fines and license suspensions were imposed. It was a joke and they all appealed the ruli... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California beverage control...


  • We're talking different things, perhaps, Al. I was talking towards how ... ... case on wine operations in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey that were doing so well, but end up sliding to mediocrity, or obscurity then death, after their founder sells out. Ultimately very short lifespans for those wines of former excellence. In my direct experience v... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Patz & Hall - Sold


  • No link? And just another sale that'll likely mean the product starts down ... ... The story of so many in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey and elsewhere. We who appreciate good wine never want to see bean counters get too much control over wine production.It is the American entrepreneurial model, after all. Innovate, build a little, sell as high... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Patz & Hall - Sold


  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001

    Snoothrank:

    Dark purple color. Woodsy nose with, maybe, a suggestion of licorice. Interesting entry. I dont get any fruit sensation on the tip of the tonguesome heat, some tannin. Not until mid-palate do I get characteristic black currant suggestions. A bit of tartness on the back of the palate, but nothing terribly distracting. Its difficult to say ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Yountville Miller Ranch 2007

    Snoothrank:

    http://adzeybrant.com Read More

    Wine review by adzeybrant


prev 1 ...  3 4 5 6 7  ...  1000 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Napa Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Napa wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network