Napa Wine

 

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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  • Bond

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

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

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  • Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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  • To the above 3 - Thank you and it is true, i worked in a shipyard in San Pedro and have witnessed the hell they cause- stealing food from dock worker's lunch and the like. Hooray for the  octopus. Read More

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  • Dumb question - why seagulls?Because William is awesome!Welcome back for the visit William! Hope you're well.  Read More

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  • One of Williams most famous posts involved a picture of seagulls I believe, or at least the thread did. Anyone care to dig it up? Read More

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  • DV - What showed up in my in box wasn't the above post.received this:  You got it - a big blank.  Odd to say the least.  Dumb question - why seagulls?  Read More

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  • Nice, can't even post a photo of a seagull. Read More

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  • Ditto both the above!! He who procrastinates.... Read More

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  • Weinbach is good, as mentioned earlier. And so are so many of the rieslings in ... in ... tasting charges in Napa, etc. are a fairly recent occurrence. I don't think I've paid tasting fees in even 5% of all the winery tastings I've done, and that's since the 1970s in a couple dozen countries. Those charging were almost entirely in California ... Read More

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  • William apparently likes seagulls. One of our best off-topic tangents then started. I was able to post a number of photos of the flying rats giving and getting hell, and was happy to include one of an octopus snaring and munching on a seagull who thought he was protected from more than just people, being inspired by DV's post of another such occ... Read More

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  • 'Proprietary'? Property? Proposition? Props??  Napa pretty big. Oakville pretty small. Me curious, too! Read More

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