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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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  • 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...

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  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

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  • Thoma Coyne made wine in the LV and seemed like the best prospect, but they ... ... since we could get to Napa in only a little more time. Wente is a clone of Chardonnay now, more respected than the winery, The winery is known as much for its concert series in summer, its golf course, and the like as for wine.  However, the Wente family still... Read More

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  • The Inaugural R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Aveta 2014

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    Had this with dinner at Savoy last evening. I don't drink Sauvignon Blancs very often, but for this dinner, asked the Waitperson to choose a glass of wine or Bourbon for each of 3 courses. Pleasantly surprised with this one, paired with a Salad Special with Butter Lettuce, Bacon, & Gorgonzola. Very well balanced, smooth, and more body than I exp... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Fairly oaky nose. Candy sweet on introductionblackberry, big time. Some dark plum hints. Some earthiness. Very sedate tannin, although it does pop up on the rear palate. Quite a short finish. The candied fruit on entry discourages me from going back for more of this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... distance between parts of Napa and Sonoma, so pretty close, too. One parallel might be the distinction between the Cote d'Or and Maconnaise?So many other regions, districts and varietals across Italy. Alto Piemonte  vs. Barolo seems almost to be splitting hairs i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes & Regions


  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage ... ... 1995Dominus, 1995Dunn Napa Valley, 1996Ridge Montebello, 1996Dominio de Pingus, 1996Les Vignerons Catalan Banyuls Grand Cru Vin Doux Naturel, 1997Spiri Read More

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  • Really, really disappointing. I'm going to guess that this was just a ... just a ... am used to a big Napa red with integrated fruit, tannin, and substance.  This one just does not have anything that I like.  And, to me, it's hot.  I did a bit of quick internet research and this wine seems to be highly regarded.  I don't get it.  So, again, I... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2014

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    Pale yellow color. Just a hint of tropical fruit on the nose. Lots of acid on introductionLemon with unripened pineapple. Some metallic hint. Another crisp and refreshing summer sipping wine, but I am of the opinion that this one is difficult to recommend a meal pairing with this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • St. Supéry Napa Valley Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Starmont Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Wine review by eyetalian


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