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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Bond

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Yes, my name is a misnomer... I drink so much pinot (scm, Sonoma coast, etc) that I would probably test DNA positive for Dijon clones!I will find myself up valley for a brief visit soon.  I am wondering if anyone knows some nice wineries  or wine bars to visit off season.  I know some might be closed. I am NOT into the big tour/experience. Just ... Read More

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  • Mark, they are coming from Napa.  If you read the fine print, they said that they would need time to pack the orders.  This is also a really bad time to ship anything unnecessary.  We talked to one of the shippers we were expecting something from and they said that some of the seasonal help walks off with stuff, too.  I did not order from the Ma... Read More

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  • Trader Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Velvet Moon California 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • Beringer Los Hermanos Vineyards Tinto 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by dlssmith


  • MJ - Congratulations on your 27th wedding anniversary.  We just celebrated ... the sommelier recommended a Napa Chardonnay (Far Niente) for Sandra and an Albarino (Don Olegario from Rias Baixas) for my shrimp.  We were too full for dessert, but I did manage to choke down a nice bourbon, the Four Roses Single Barrel.&nbs Read More

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  • Mending Wall Mortar & Stone Napa Valley 2014

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    Very dark purple color. Lots of dark fruit on entryblueberry, blackberry, black plum. Some acidic spritziness on the tip and edges of the tongue. Fairly stiff, though, hardly unexpected, tannin. Im a tad surprised at the power of this wine. It is a beastand it is a baby. The rest of my stash will sit in my cellar for years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir 2013

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    Outstanding. Much smoother than 2014 Read More

    Wine review by Sdlee3


  • Lagier Meredith Pott Zinfandel Chester's Anvil 2012

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    Wow big hit of red fruit on entryplum, cherry, strawberry. Sadly, almost syrupy, though, not sweetish like many fruit forward wines can be. Very mellow on the tannin. Not a particularly big wine in spite of its 15% ABV. Its not an awful wine, but it lacks sophistication and I wont be seeking more. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Terlato Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    578 cases of this offering were produced. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), some Merlot (18%), and Cabernet Franc (2%) were blended in. Black raspberry, cassis and bits of leather inform the nose. The palate is stuffed with blackberry, raspberry and more. Black tea, dried cherries and spices fill out the long, generous finish. Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Taylor Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This offering is composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Toast, black fruits and hints of dark chocolate are evident on the nose. The palate is stuffed with blackberry, roasted chicory, vanilla bean, and cassis. Bits of kirsch are evident on the finish along with dried cranberry and a sprinkling of mineral notes. Good luck putting this down once yo... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


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