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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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

  • Irony

    Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astrona...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Bond

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Scott Peterson S.P. Drummer Napa Chardonnay 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection and a great example of a balanced oak and fruit California Chardonnay.Light clear gold in the glass. Opens with cola and vanilla; then more vanilla and cream soda; then herbs. Most of this carries over to the palate along with stewed stone fruit - peaches and apricot; along with ripe melon. Very smooth and balanced... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvigon 2013

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    Very attractive red plum color. Dark brooding nose. On the tongue I get the hoped-for CS black fruit. However, it is quite muted--no sweetness. Then I get something like pencil lead. Some salinity. Im finding this wine not nearly as tannic as I might have guessed. Tart acid makes me want another sip. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Titus Cabernet Franc 2013

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    There was a lot going on with this wine. The nose had a hint of acidity. The taste was full bodied and the finish was long. I'd buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Quivet Cellars las Madres Vineyard Hulda Block Syrah 2013

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    Dark purple color. Sulphur funk takes a few minutes to dissipate. Spritz on the tip of the tongue. Lots of red fruit--strawberry, plum. Some black pepper and some earthiness mid-palate. Stiff tannin balanced, though, by acid. Pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Benessere Estate Sangiovese 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Hendry Napa Valley Cabernet 2009

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    Outstanding wine. Very much a surprise when I first tasted. Normally, I expect any fruit I get from a CS to be black--cassis, blackberry. On entry this one presents bright fruitthankfully, not candied. This is followed by a woody and stony rustic sensation. Still some very stiff tanninwhich I would attribute to the Mt. Veeder portion of th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jon - 2nd that welcome to the forum.  As an aside to your post the top 2 ... 2 ... - ie, Port, Bordeaux, Napa Cabs etc.It takes a really good palate and lots of experience to assess wines as to their ageability.  I've been doing this wine thing for 45 years now and get/got fooled many times - both way Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'll Probably Get Kicked Off...


  • Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2012

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    Dry, very lightly spiced, easy drinking..... Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Diamond Mountain Ranch Vineyard 2004

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    July 30, 2017 review of a 2004 Sterling Vineyards Diamond Mountain Ranch Cab. Sauv. Definitely at its peak, or slightly passed its peak, but not still quite drinkable. Deep black currant and chocolate on the nose and palate. A bit of lavender and rosemary on the tongue. A little smoke and leather in the aftertaste, almost reminiscent of a fine c... Read More

    Wine review by D9sus 4


  • After a relatively stressful couple of weeks which included a car accident with ... ... I believe to 97 in the Napa [but happy to be corrected on that one] and it does remind you why giving top end Cabernets 15+ years will reap drinking benefits. This wine could easily go for another 10 yearsBy this stage the Pool score was 12 all and any comm... Read More

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