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 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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  • 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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Weinbach is good, as mentioned earlier. And so are so many of the rieslings in ... in ... tasting charges in Napa, etc. are a fairly recent occurrence. I don't think I've paid tasting fees in even 5% of all the winery tastings I've done, and that's since the 1970s in a couple dozen countries. Those charging were almost entirely in California ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • William apparently likes seagulls. One of our best off-topic tangents then started. I was able to post a number of photos of the flying rats giving and getting hell, and was happy to include one of an octopus snaring and munching on a seagull who thought he was protected from more than just people, being inspired by DV's post of another such occ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Napa and Oakville Prop....


  • 'Proprietary'? Property? Proposition? Props??  Napa pretty big. Oakville pretty small. Me curious, too! Read More

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  • Would you care to elaborate, William? Read More

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  • Some look CELLAR. Read More

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  • Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley 2013

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    This is milk chocolate covered strawberries with sugar frosting to a tee. This is truly decadent in the mouth, dark and rich blackberry preserves, spicy cinnamon and clove, chewy tannins and dark chocolate coming through towards the finish. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here are some that are available at Total Wines in Alexandria, Va.  Top ... ... Margaux, 2000Mondavi Napa Reserve Cabernet, 2008Torbreck The Factor Shiraz, 20 Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Quivet Cellars Mcgah Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Fairly pale yellow color. Quite fruity on the nosepear, banana. Fruitiness is not as obvious on the tongue, but I do get some pear and some tropical hintsagain banana. Some herbal hints mid- to rear palate. Not as acidic as most contemporary California SBs seem to be and, again, thankfully, no overpowering grapefruit flavor. Maybe that fad ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Okay, should be finishing up some things here, but just got an email from Mark ... ... He works a lot with Napa Valley vintners, and his former students are all over the world now.  In short, there's lots of good wine, a "golden age" for good wine is what he said.  He also emphasized that as we learn the science of winemaking and grape growin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • The Inaugural R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


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