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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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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • Sola

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Oh, and what's with all the rain you brought with you? We were just drying out. Read More

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  • Holdredge! When you get there ask for John and tell him you want tto hang out in the lounge! It's for wine club members only but I hear if you let him kiss your wives he'll let you in. Tell him I said that! John s a riot and his wines are great.   Read More

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  • Must be Spring break for the East Coasters with RBA in the NW and us in Sonoma/Napa for the week. Got a bit of a rough start with our friends flight from Pittsburgh delayed by two hours causing us to postpone our first tasting which was to be at Laurel Glen in Glen Ellen. Hopefully we can reschedule that visit for later in the week. Heading to t... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting. ... in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follo Read More

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  • RBA, if you can, while you're in McMinnville, schedule an appt. with Marcus ... CFO and I head out to Sonoma/Napa tomorrow for a weeks worth of good eating and great drinking. I'll post my trip on a separate threa Read More

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  • Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay 2012


    ok but too much alcohol Read More

    Wine review by ostensor

  • Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2013


    Lots of fruit on the tip of the tongueblueberry, currant, raisin. Sweeter than ... ... Cabfruit forward as many Napa Cabs are, and not terribly complex, but at the price point you just dont car Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2013


    Wonderful offering, with blackberry, mocha, dark cherry tannins, spice and violets. This expresses a less full bodied version of merlot (feminine style) and they've done it well for years. Drink or hold -90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    Nice unsweetened dark fruit on entry. Lots of earthiness. Lots of oaky factors. Stiff tannins suggested that patient aging will be beneficial. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014


    Nose of dark fruit and, maybe, prune. Typical CS currant on the tip of the tongue. Some dustiness. Sturdy tannins. I was eager to open this one up. I may have been over eager. My remaining bottles will remain sideways for quite some time. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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