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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

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  • Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Edition 2013


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    Wine review by Vanessa Fairbank

  • Conundrum Red Blend 2012


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    Wine review by Vanessa Fairbank

  • Oops, should have looked here before I mentioned this book elsewhere.I just ... just ... In other words, in Napa, if there really is an issue of phenolic maturity lagging sugar ripeness in the hotter areas (a point he is not completely convinced of, as he covers the misuse of "physiological maturity" in one chapter), getting lower brix with a... Read More

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  • D--They are impressive, those Chianina.  The Chiangus are interesting, ... and opened a 2011 Highwire Napa Valley Cab Sauv.  This is one of those shiners that I'm pretty sure is not going to show up much of anywhere.  Totally blank cork.  I tried calling the number on the website and I get weird messages about all circuits being busy, or the c... Read More

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  • There has been a discussion including this book on WineBerserkers. I would read ... Vineyard Mount Veeder, Napa &nbs Read More

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  • Just Shipped -                  ... ...    2013 Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon                                                                                                                                2013 Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc                                                                                                  ... Read More

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  • Willowbrook Carneros Pinot Noir 2014


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012


    Dark plum color. Dark berry fruit on the nose, but, also, slight hint of alcohol. Terrific on the tongue. Typical CS hit of cassis on the tongue. Also, a suggestion of oaky vanilla. Then, almost, some anise. Very subdued tannin makes this on a very easy drinker. Clearly, a New World styled wine, but, also, a big winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2009


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    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison

  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2009


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    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison

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