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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. . The 1992 vintage garner...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Bond

    BOND: A stable of Napa Valley thoroughbreds — ultimately six Cabernet-based wines — assembled und...

  • 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

  • Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2015

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    Very pale yellow in the glass. Very pale. More fruity, but slightly flowery nose. On the tongue delicate fruit flavors suggesting peach, kiwi, green apple. Very crisp and refreshing. A super easy wine to drink on a hot dayand even though it is, technically, winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is pretty darned hot, here, today. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's ... for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be interested as well.201... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Myriad, Quivet, Becklyn, etc....


  • Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier 2012

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    Wonderful! Read More

    Wine review by Rivershack2010


  • Clos du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rivershack2010


  • Beran California Zinfandel 2012

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    Red lovers heaven. I love Zinfandel and this one is so full of spice, fruit and earthiness you must try it. It speaks BBQ. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Someone must have rebooted the server, pics are now uploading. Read More

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  • Excellent reports, v v.  Thank you.   Read More

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  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the airport, the CFO and I decided to extend our vacation by a day and check out the Oakland/Berkely area.  Hey we're out here, might as well make the most of it. After checking into our hotel by the marina and grabbing a nice brunch of shrimp tacos we went stomping around the Berkel... Read More

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  • Last day in wine country (actually yesterday). Well this is it for this trip as far as being in the vineyards goes, might as well go out big. Started the day quite proper with a morning excursion to Iron Horse and their sampling of bubbles.  We've made this a must do since ever since our first pre-noon foray back in 2010.  Absolutely nothing as ... Read More

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  • La Tapatia Pinot Noir Carneros 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection.Pale Semi-Transparent Brown Red in the Glass. Opens with bright just ripe Cherry and Raspberry, then bits of earth and dampness, then off to dried fruits. Medium mouth-full, with bits of oak, butter, and herbs. Medium tannins, medium long finish. Nice little one, though a bit too fruit forward, young, and light for... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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