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...

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  • 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...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • 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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  • Okay, should be finishing up some things here, but just got an email from Mark ... ... He works a lot with Napa Valley vintners, and his former students are all over the world now.  In short, there's lots of good wine, a "golden age" for good wine is what he said.  He also emphasized that as we learn the science of winemaking and grape growin... Read More

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  • The Inaugural R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Owl Ridge Tyto 2012

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • RCKR - the problem is that there's no particular body of knowledge one must ... about how they visited say, Napa, fell in love with wine, and then decided to start blogging or writing about it.That's par for the course. Parker had a guy review Spanish wine because he spoke Spanish and he apparently liked some Spanish wine. The WSJ hired a guy t... Read More

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  • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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    Deep yellow color. Very obvious oak bouquet. Vanilla and melon on introduction. Then, some tartness that suggests citrus or stone fruit. Thankfully, the oak is contained and the acid makes this a pleasant warm weather (its in the 90s, today). Some spritziness on the back palate. Again, I think this is from acid. Very pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Last night we drank a Lafond Syrah SRH from (duh!) the Santa Rita HIlls.  ... ... some of our great Sonoma/Napa/Carneros Syrahs, like Myriad, Apsara, Jemrose, but not the syrup that I have come to expect from so many Central Coast Syrahs.  (I'm leaving out Qupe, which has disappointed me recently for other reasons, but isn't overly sweet-tasti... Read More

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  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he ... ... crop might be hurting Napa wines by speeding up the ripening--ever think of that?  He has, and he has data to show the connection. Back when ripening was an issue in Bordeaux, that made sense, although they weren't doing it.  In California, probably completely u... Read More

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  • D, the "observed" incidences of doing blinds--not anecdotes of ... ... couple different bottles of Napa or Alexander Valley tossed in, a couple from a vintage that wasn't the vintage of the decade/century/millenium--then you actually get a little honesty in the game. So a few people got 10 - 12 out of 12.  I would love to see the score cards, ... Read More

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  • VV, do whatever works for you.  I do mine by type, not country, in part ... v. Syrah from Cali, Bord v. Napa Cab, Burg v. New World PN type tastings.  So I keep all my Syrah and N. Rhone together; Cabs, a couple merlots, and Bords in another area.  You get the picture.  It also allows me to just look and see how my inventory of a certain kind ... Read More

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  • Cakebread 05 Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Wine review by Vanessa Fairbank


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