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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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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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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...

  • Jade Mountain

    History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style ...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • 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...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

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Napa on Snooth

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle 50th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Such a value. This Anniversary release is 2015 Ste. Michelle Vineyards Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Paterson, Washington rates honorable mention in this review. Lush black and red berries permeate the taste buds. Soft well balanced depth with mellow tannins and a mouth feel of rich lasting whole notes. Like a musical sonata. A nice de... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Hey Mark, rest assured Robin is alive and well and still making some fantastic ... out of the Swanson Winery in Napa but still making his own labels. We bought a couple bottles of his excellent syrahs and some awesome cabs. Shoot him an e-mail, I'm sure he'll be happy to send you a few bottle Read More

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  • Aspara Syrah Carneros las Madres Vineyard 2013

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    Oh boy. This one is in a good spot right now. Charming red fruit on entry. Still supportive but definitely not obtrusive tannin provides good structure. Acid provided refreshment. Winner, winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... Redondo Beach CA  to Napa Valley and brought back one bottle (Berringer White Zinfandel of all things) upon our return.  That was one of our biggest motorcycle rides on the west coast before relocating to the east coast in 1991.So, last night was a blast.  My wi... Read More

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  • Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2014

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    Nice and crisp. Suggestion of citruslemon, thankfully, not the grapefruit that seems too overdone with SBs. Very cleanno grassiness or herbalness. A very straightforward easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • DM - We are familiar with the Pinot Noir in Burgundy, as we visited that area ... Pinot Noir from Sonoma and Napa, along with Alexander and Anderson Valleys.  Duckhorn, Medlock Ames, even Barnett make Pinot Noir.  I don't think we tried any Pinot Noir from New Zealand though.The ride to Sturgis would take me a few weeks just to get there, due ... Read More

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  • Dear DMCKR, if you are near Minami Aoyama and want to come see them I ... the CA wines are mostly from Napa Valley, French are Rhone, Champagne and Bordeaux, and the Aussie/NZ are a bit mixed.  I have purchased them all and have been cellared since purchase.  I hope this helps.  You can also email me directly at brian_marcus@hotmail.com :)&nbs Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  $120/13,000JPYPaoletti, Malbec, Napa, 2002 $30/3,4,000JPYMargerum UBER Syrah, Santa Barbara, 2008 $60/7,000 JPYLUNA Meritage, Napa "Canto Vineyard" 2000 $60/7,000 JPYParaduxx by Duckhorn, Meritage, Napa "Mallards" $40/4,500 JPYJordan CS, Sonoma 2,000 (no label) $70/8,000 JPYWi... Read More

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  • The Marques de Riscal bottle is a comforting sight in many countries I've ... Not quite the behavior of Napa or Sonoma winemakers.Even when staying for long periods in Spain at houses with groups of people ended up buying cases of the stuff. The better bottles were for the people who cared about wine. This wine was for those who just wanted to... Read More

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  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... ... bin. Do you see Kirkland Napa Merlot for < $20?  Kirkland Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for < $20?  Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for less than < $20?  Guess what.  They are all pretty darned good wines. Are they better than the Kirkland Chianti or CdP?  Who c... Read More

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