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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Bond

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

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  • Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley 2014


    Blackberry aromas with rich spice and a leathery, oaky vanilla note. Juicy black cherry and blackberry flavors on the palate with a creamy texture on entry that evolves into strong tannins, dusty earth and creamy vanilla notes towards the tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • There are so many great Vintage wines present in Napa Valley, which are delicious, and are reasonably priced. Let me explain a little bit about two common styles of making Vintage wine;1.    Traditional MethodThis classic style of Vintage wine has been made famous by Champagne for over 250 years. To make traditional method Vintage wine, it is fi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Best Vintage Winery in...

  • Apsara Syrah las Madres Vineyard Whole Cluster 2014


    Nice gentle introduction of red fruits. Minerality pops up mid-palate. Firm, but, certainly, not obtrusive tannin. Good balance. Medium-bodied. A very good wine that is not priced in the stratosphere. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Al, re: tannins, yes and no.  For a pinot, there was a bit more body and ... close to those in a young Napa cab or Bordeaux.I've had quite a few pinots from Moshin and have visited their winery and tasting room many times and I can honestly say that I haven't had a bad wine from this place (and they make a large number of different wines, main... Read More

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  • Today was both my birthday and another day of protest in the district - the ... nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa), and then we walked next door for dinner at Bourbon Steak.  I had a Manhattan with dinner while Sandra had a nice red Bordeaux.  We shared a dry-aged New York Strip steak and a potato.  They gave me a grappa for my birthday as I d... Read More

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  • A friend of mine bought a dinner at a Ducks Unlimited auction last year. We had ... The wine was Grgich Hills Napa 2013 Cabernet at $70 per bottle (the guy that hosted the dinner chose the wine) and it was an outstanding choice. Six of us drank a case (we had a minor, a woman that was not allowed to drink and a few tea-totalers. The rest of us ... Read More

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  • We were pouring many wines last night at our farewell wine dinner for protest ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley (no picture), it showed very well and was opened and decanted when the New England Patriots game started.  We then opened the 2016 Stone Tower Viognier for a few ladies, and I gave Patti and Pamela a tour of our house - en... Read More

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  • A nice cab from Napa Valley?  Yes.  I haven't tried that one yet.  Funny thing though; I usually grab a Pinot Noir with lamb.  What do you drink with pork?  Read More

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  • Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008


    Red plum color. Very attractive dark fruit on the tongueblackberry, blueberry, black plum. Some suggestion of pencil lead. Some bitter chocolate. While I am pleased with the sturdy backbone provided by the tannin and acid, I am not at all disappointed that I am not allocating more cellar space to age this one longer. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bedrock Cuvee Karatas 2015Don't find too many white blends coming out of CA ... Blanc comes thru more in the Napa style, grassy rather than grapefruit, a slight hint of honey, meyer lemon pith and a medium long finis Read More

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