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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Varietals Produced in Napa View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Bond

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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    91 points. Well done with black fruit, dark cherry, spice (pepper), herbal and earthy tone underly anise, solid tannins (not big) and acidity that frame well. Great effort here. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012

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    Fairly light for a Buehler but then the '12 wasn't the best for several Zin producers. Some dark and red berry fruits, spice, plum and herbal notes. Better than before - 88 pts - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mmhthg


  • Had a couple of zins watching the game - tonight it's the Badgers vs. ... ... ... it.) and a 2012 Buehler Napa Valle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Decanted for 45 minutes. Dark maroon-purple, the nose was a little muted during most of the first glass. Nice mix of black fruit, a touch of cedar, a little minerality as it continued to evolve. Very nice balanced wine with nothing jumping in your face. Medium body with a Medium semi-smooth finish. It will get even better with more time in the b... Read More

    Wine review by MJET


  • Hi everyone! I am looking to sell this wine but am having a hard time ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.  They seem to be in mint condition as well. I have two bottles of these.If anyone is interested, please let me know. Or if you know of anywhere or anything i can do to sell this, that would be great.   Thanks!  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic I need help finding a buyer/...


  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I ... ... Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - from vinOvinOVV - 2014 Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir McLean Vineyard and 2009 Church & State Quintessential Bdx Blend - from DVoglerBLM - 2007 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Aubry de Humbert 1er Cru and 2015... Read More

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  • Cline Syrah Los Carneros Estate Grown 2013

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    Muted, musky nose. Pretty big hit of fruit is initial taste sensationred plum, maybe, even peach, a slight citrus suggestion. Very big suggestion of sweetness. A very serious pucker factor from tannin. Tannin really helps because it gives the wine a more rustic characteristic that pushes aside the industrial, made to appeal to sweet wine dri... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ramspeck Pinot Noir 2013

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    Was very smooth. Full bodied. Read More

    Wine review by Jem95


  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... ... sort of like having BV Napa instead of something like Tapestry or GdL. Or go with the Frittman - unlike the others, I don't know that specific wine however. Those wines will have a lot of acidity and they tend to be kind of woody. The Hungarian oak can have a kind... Read More

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