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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

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  • Back to Napa. Started today with a visit to Jean Edwards Cellars tasting room in downtown Napa where we tasted thru their lineup:2015 Dalla Gasperina Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)2014 Cooper's Cuvee (new release)2013 Petite Sirah (Calistoga)2013 74-41 Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon G3 (Georges iii vineyard - Beckstoffer) Ste... Read More

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  • Day 4, dry out day. So today was "supposed" to be a day to do some sight seeing or hiking or kayaking the Russian River, taking a break from wine tasting and getting the body chemistry back in sync.  Best laid plans ... Actually we did pretty good sticking to the plan. Went to the Santa Rosa farmers market this morning to purchase some things fo... Read More

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  • Excellent report of a couple of my favorite wineries. Thanks VV!  Read More

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  • Wonderful thoughts on the wines and appreciate the notes for future reference.  Thanks for this. Read More

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  • Well done VV...enjoying life, what a concept! Read More

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  • Thanks for the reports VV, sounds like a fun trip. Read More

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  • V V - a most excellent assessment of your tasting experiences.  These are ... thinking about a visit to Napa and Sonoma in 2018; our last visit was in 201 Read More

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  • Most excellent review!  Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was ... two cabs one of which was a Napa Valley with grapes from St. Helena and Calistoga and his single vineyard Amoenus. All four are from the 2014 vintage and are extremely delicious wines.  The crowd was split on the syrahs, half favoring the more focused, lush and dark Nort... Read More

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  • I was talking with a winemaker that went to that session at ETS in Napa. Wineries are taking a harder line on cork taint as a resilt of that. Saying that of a cork is notvtainted at the business end they don't feel they need to cover a corked wine if the end user allowed wine to travel up the neck at all over the course of storage years. I call ... Read More

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