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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Bond

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

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  • Sorry but I didn't get any shots of the Bedrock wines.This Ramey was tasty. ... has been touted as a poor Napa vintage and this is yet anotger example that people just need to be patient with some years. I call it underappreciated, but that's ok as it affects secondary market pricing in a favoranle way to the consumer. The Apasara was showing t... Read More

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  • Don't diss that Hearty Burgundy, it was often great QPR, or so I felt in ... trips north to Sonoma and Napa and Mendocino, I was already getting an education and becoming a little fussy. Anyway, a lot of that HB was downed by my circle of acquaintances, with few complaints. Of course as a mass-produced product it had variations from lot to lot... Read More

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  • Sounds in every aspect like a great trip. Good to see the extemporaneous approach to schedule edits, too!  ;-) Read More

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  • You forgot about the stickies and the fact that my better half made me leave early. There was more! Read More

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  • Hell, that's only a bottle per person, hardly up to OT Sonoma-Potlach standards! Oh yeah, I forgot this was the dry-out day. Good thing you were there, OT, to keep them hydrated during the detox...Again, looks to be a very pleasant (and even proper) meal!  ;-) Read More

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  • This many plus the guy behind the camera. Piece of cake, or was it pie? Read More

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  • How many in all contributed to killing those soldiers? And OT, who drove home?  ;-)Sounds like a very nice day & night, Vino. Read More

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  • Boy, I was just getting warmed up when Dava said "Are you ready to go Mister?" That was fun but it ended way too soon. More thoughts later.  Read More

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  • Back to Napa. Started today with a visit to Jean Edwards Cellars tasting room in downtown Napa where we tasted thru their lineup:2015 Dalla Gasperina Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)2014 Cooper's Cuvee (new release)2013 Petite Sirah (Calistoga)2013 74-41 Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon G3 (Georges iii vineyard - Beckstoffer) Ste... Read More

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  • Day 4, dry out day. So today was "supposed" to be a day to do some sight seeing or hiking or kayaking the Russian River, taking a break from wine tasting and getting the body chemistry back in sync.  Best laid plans ... Actually we did pretty good sticking to the plan. Went to the Santa Rosa farmers market this morning to purchase some things fo... Read More

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