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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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  • 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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Sola

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Irony

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • MJ - As I checked my records I found that I had the "02, '05 (The '05 vintage in Napa was very good for me personally - bought a lot of it and sadly they are all gone now.) and the '08.You bringing them up again makes me think.......that the 2012 offering of the Vespera is looking really good to pull out the plastic on. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... have money, drank an awesome Napa cab, but don't have enough money to buy a wine property in Napa, or like where they live/grew up, and try to grow Cab in N. Carolina, or Virginia, or something.  Where it's completely futile to try to make a cab like a Napa Cab. I think... Read More

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  • I got in the mix because I am a civil servant with 20+ years of seniority, so I ... the house, and then went to Napa.  I couldn't keep going up to Forestville (I don't recall being invited, but maybe I was) in any case, but Napa is like a 45 minute drive with light traffic, an hour to Swanson on this day.  Stopped in American Canyon for beef ch... Read More

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  • Wine in the Water Park on 01 July; it was a gloomy start with a thunderstorm ... ... (2010 Merryvale from Napa) and rib-eye steak at Ruth's Chris, an easy walk down Crystal Drive in Crystal City.  Sandra and I are attending another performance next Friday, so my next time at the Water Park will be on 15 Jul Read More

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  • Blair Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Meritage 2001


    Excellent! It's been in my cellar for years and WOW it's wonderful! Read More

    Wine review by eyetalian

  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2013


    Half an open bottle taken home from Jack & Rosanne's 50th wedding anniversary. Did not drink the remainder for a week+ after it had been opened. That said, no complaints and no accolades. It was still drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Well...damn my eyes!!! I kinda thought something was odd, but this just is worse if it is as DMCKER thinks.  That's why I asked the question - to see if he'd trap himself.  JD - Your right.  OT - Thanks. Guess I should have known better. Read More

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  • These efforts by Keenan are such a joke. Too bad because they seem to make good wines. Read More

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  • Rckr, "he"'s (it's) been around for awhile but is most likely a bot that posts regurgitated text segments on a number of wineries/regions/subjects. Has never responded. Not sure I understand the policy and practice but we can assume he/she/it's serving some misguided purpose. Certainly misguided if they think this will somehow increase cross-lin... Read More

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  • He's a shill for the winery they post about once a month in drive-by fashion. Don't expect a response. Read More

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