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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Varietals Produced in Napa View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • Bond

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

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Napa on Snooth

  • Today I attended one of my favorite tastings of the year, the Taste Napa Valley tour, where I tasted no lessthan 65 great to wonderful wines, mostly King Cabernet himself. I have listed the high lights of the day here. More will follow. 2005 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa- Gorgeous fruit forward with a lush mouth feel. Dense currant with...

    Comment by 125081Mike Pobega 125081 Mike Pobega


  • Saddleback Cellars "Rancher's Red" 2011

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    ok Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2011

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    Enjoyable, rich wine. Not sure it is worth the price though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Ravenswood Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley 2003

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    Fairly big brambly nose. Quite fruity introduction to the palatedark berries, a bit of peach and, definitely, fig. However, I would not characterize this one as jammy. Noticeable heatmid- to rear palate--indicates to me that it has peakedi.e., disintegration that I have noticed in stored wines is starting and, so, the alcohol is noticeable. T... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alma Sol Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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    A hot bed of rainbow red fruits on the nose. Ripe plums sprinkled with coconut shavings and black licorice bits fill the palate. This wine is a terrific expression of the fruity, jammy side of the Cabernet grape. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Cakebread Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mikeg325


  • Vista Point Merlot 2007

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    First tasted Vista Point at a nice Italian restaurant. Asked for a glass of house merlot and was pleasantly surprised by the smooth taste. Had no idea it could stand up to $20 and up bottles of other Merlots. The only negative is it had a twist off top, but that maybe why the consistency is the same. Read More

    Wine review by Lizzl


  • Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Refreshing Read More

    Wine review by mikeg325


  • Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by mikeg325


  • Frog's Leap Merlot Napa Valley 2012

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by mikeg325


  • Piña Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Firehouse Vineyard 2011

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    Dark ruby and concentrated with an aromatic core of black cherry and prune which vacillates in the glass between jam and a bowl of very ripe whole fruit. The fruit is accented by allspice and spiced meat. The palate is medium-plus in body with matching tannins of fine grain and chalk. Theres more complexity on the palate than on the nose right n... Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Every time I visit Napa I have a great time. Make sure you plan ahead though. The options can be overwhelming!

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  • Recently had a Darioush Duel Cabernet/Shiraz blend 2005 I bought it at the vineyard and it was wonderful Mmmmm

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