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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Sola

    Sola tries to produce the best quality 'varietally correct' Calif and sub-appellations wines po...

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. . The 1992 vintage garner...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

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  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our ... brought over two bottles, a Napa Merlot (2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards) and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2015 Twomey Pinot Noir).  We started with that Trump Blanc de Blanc that was given to us last month (I didn't like it much, probably due to the gree... Read More

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  • It's because of the likes of GDP and Snooth regulars like us, among many ... Bordeaux and Burgundy and Napa reds and even Australian shiraz instead. Prices were still reasonable up through the end of the '90s then started upticking last decade and the curve has steepened this. I was able to buy a lot of good bottles for a relative pittance all... Read More

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  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    The best CdV Napa Valley I've had from them. Rich and full bodied with plenty of fruit, tannins dusty earth, mocha and spice - this is powerful. Great tannin to acid balance makes cellar worthy. 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... those would require leaving Napa and Sonoma.  The Portugese wine store in Fremont has a better selection of Portugese wines, esp Port, than just about anywhere I have been.  Including any place in NY.  Also, good selection of wines on the East Coast means either very... Read More

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  • Late to the party here, but Kistler changed its style a few years back, not so ... I think I got the regular Napa Valley for $40 or so.) Pinots?  Try Cobb, Hirsch, Patz and Hall, for a few.&nbs Read More

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  • RThe Penfolds Bin 28 is generally good value for money, really good example of ... of ... producer- bit like a Napa winery making outstanding Chardonnay but being inconsistent with its cabern Read More

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  • Celebrating our birthdays on the West Coast of Florida this week! These ... leaning towards old classic Napa and the Quivet to the new style. Not sure Mike Smith was the winemaker in 2007 for Scarlett. Great start to our week getaway! Oh, did I mention the weather? Read More

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  • A late delivery from Fedex today:The 2013 Tikal Natural Malbec/Syrah from ... ... ... Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni Napa Valley Red Blen Read More

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