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 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 (

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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

  • Bond

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

  • Sola

    Sola tries to produce the best quality 'varietally correct' Calif and sub-appellations wines po...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • 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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  • They've had a hell of a time with it in Burgundy, like a 50-90% lost ... going on in Napa/Sonoma? I hear Halcon Alturas is a ways away from ripening, but the harvest of whites has been in full effect. When should the Cabernet, and other reds be "ready"?Let's pick now (or soon) I say!Floods and frost have dampened Burgundy's year (above) in 2016... Read More

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  • Went into town (Charlotte NC) to take in a tasting of 3 different high end CA ... CA ... Syrah, Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2012Bien Nacido Vineyards Syrah, Santa Maria 2012 All three were excellent (except for the 1st bottle of the Bien Nacido which had something odd going on, the 2nd bottle was more in line with what was expected). Must say th... Read More

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  • If I had to pick one vintage of Napa Cab to drink forever, '06 would be on the short list, along with '10, and a few others.Tonight, decided to open one of my precious 2013 Hubert Lamy St. Aubin 1ers. Felt like I struck lightening when I first tasted the "En Remilly" Cru last year so I bought a case at around $50/bottle. The 2014 (and '13) is tr... Read More

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  • Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    A very aromatic wine with lots of dark fruit and oak. On the tongue there are various berry flavorscassis, blueberry on the sweetish side and cranberry (?) on the tartish side. Leathery notes as the wine passes mid-palatemight also be more of a dark chocolate thing. A nice full-bodied wine whose tannins appear to be completely resolved. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Well, CA pinot noir grown in the wrong place, trying to behave like a hot, fruit-forward Napa cab, doesn't sit well with me, either. Maybe you didn't notice Greg's tongue in cheek, RCKR.  ;-)ESOL, what PN from Burgundy have you tried? And from OR? Read More

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  • Mockingbird Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    Sry, floral great tannins Read More

    Wine review by vittorio1970

  • Daniel Cohn Wine Bellacosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


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    Wine review by eaglebass

  • Technically these were last night but I finished the last tastes of the reds ... Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (8/5/2016)12hr slo-ox followed by a double decant and 2hr rest. Nose of ripe blackberry, cedar and spice. Big dense purple fruit, a good dose of spice, toasty oak. Fruit envelopes the mouth and stays throughout the grippy f... Read More

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  • 3 Becklyn Napa and wish listed another which probably won't happen. I'm not happy with their shipping fees as it's more than most of the other Mike Smith offerrings. I'm glad a went deep on some of the others.   Read More

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  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... wines from Italy, Australia, Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, Santa Barbara and Stag's Leap. Read more about each wine below and watch videos about each of these wines at . The Restaurant: The Capital Grille Wall Street, locate... Read More

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