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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • Irony

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

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  • Sterling Vineyards Vintners Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Wine review by chriscage


  • Poseidon Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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    Acquired in Kaua'i, Hawai'i, after a Golden State Warriors 2017 series clenching loss at Cleveland. Only to let our family get home to celebrate their Game 5 victory. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Quivet Cellars Mcgah Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Very light straw color. See straw smell straw--herbal nose. Tropical fruit--pineapple--with citrus pith--lemon or grapefruit. Serious acid creates tingling on the tongue but also provides outstanding refreshment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I ... ... 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off to WineBid to pick up some recent iwnnings but on the way Instopped at Napa Valley Wine and Cigar to visit my good friends Randy and Carrie Bowman and catch up. While browsing the aisles I found an old favorite ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Orin Swift "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2009

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    Structured and layered, and well beyond it's supposed prime, this was great. Blackberry, dustiness, spice, dark cherry, mocha with tolerable tannins and great acidity. Just shows what cellaring properly can do. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2013

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    A lot of berry fruit on entry brings fear of a wimpy fruit bomb. However, then A LOT of tannin tells you this is a grownups wine. Nothing earth-shaking, here, but a solid experience for less than $20. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Y'know, in the bad old days I, too, hated CA Merlot.Then, a miracle ... ones from (surprise) Napa Valley.  Al, I know that you are a fan of the Barnett winery.  So, am I, and I am being patient with a 2013 Spring Mountain Merlot form them that I bought last summer (at less than half the $98 tarriff of that Duckhorn).So, getting in the Merlot gr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Joseph Carr Napa Valley Merlot 2013

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    I must admit I was leery at first, but settled in and was wonderful. Plum, blackberry, judicious spice and layered spice with framing tannins/acidity driving a good after taste. Drink or hold - 18-24 mths - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • AL - Decanting would have been a good idea - you're right there.Getting the ... ... - I liked the 1st (Their Napa Valley Cab) so why not?  $21US and it was sumptuous.  Plum, blackberry, judicious spice, layers of dark chocolate, wisps of oak and framing tannins/acidity that drive a wonderful aftertaste - steak win Read More

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  • MJ - Fancy that, another Napa cab that is quite good.  If I had to choose one region for Cabernet Sauvignon, it would be Napa Valley.  SIP - That's quite a tasty spread, finished with a nice Pinot Noir.  I also like how you combine the pictures too for efficiency.  DM - How old are your daughters?   Read More

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