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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  • 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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Bond

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Hill Family Estate Albarino 2012

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    My first nose was one of intense sweetness, which invades the nostrils followed by fruits of pineapple and peach. I thought it was going to be a syrupy sweet wine not the case at all. The initial taste is vibrant on the tongue with flavors of cantaloupe, peach and nectarine coming through and I have say a bit of banana honestly, banana. Ther... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • Double Eagle Red 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by the Cardinal


  • Abrente Napa Valley Albarino 2014

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    Really excellent Carneros albarino from Bedrock/Abrente. There's some salinity that goes along with the lemon zest, mouth watering acidity, key lime pie, a hint of hazelnut and a bit of apricot. The finish is medium long. I'm guessing folks are drinking this too cold, it significantly improved as it warmed up in the glass. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002

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    2002.? Any questions? Decanted and bold, still quite young. Cellar holder; no need to spill yet. A beautiful young boutique Cab and reflection and memory of the 2002 Vintage I used to own. Thank you Table #22 for the taste @ the venue I work. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir California Coastal 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by AdleyL


  • Well, we've finished the Trump wine early tonight since we opened it this ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.  This wine is orders of magnitude better than the 2013 Trump Meritage wine, even though Mr. Trump claimed his wines were some of the best in the world.  He is such an idiot.....but I'll let the voters decide his fate.  Oh, it... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 35th Anniversary 2011

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    Quite dark in color. Woody, viny nose with a suggestion of olive. Initial mouth sensation is that this is pretty thin. Little or no fruit to speak of. Somewhat sour or weedy, but, then some oaky vanilla. Some leather and tobacco on the back of the palate. I normally expect Spring Mountain wines to be brutally tannic, but this one has surpri... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yes, Al, it seems that since the '76 Chereau Bayreuth production every new ... farily challenging year for Napa Valley and, like I indicated, above, my experience with cabs from this maker has historicaly been excellent. Maybe it was a just an unfortunate bottl Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • V V - Yes, we visited the Willamette Valley back in 2013, on our second trip to ... trip to the great mecca of Napa.  The first visit was in 2012 but we didn't get very far up the coast as time was more limited.  We still belong to the wine club of J. K. Carriere in Willamette Valle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2013

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    Red apple and lemon curd notes on the nose with cream and peach. Tart lemon notes on the palate, somewhat restrained in flavor but bursting with acidity, this shows a touch of peach and a white blossom note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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