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 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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Irony

    Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astrona...

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • Bond

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

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  • 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...

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  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • I believe the group associated with this wine tasting event is Feast it ... ... associated with wines from Napa / Sonoma.  I cannot find a meaning of GEMS otherwise.  With regard to the entrance fee, yes it was high but I think it's a bit of a donation too.Oh, I still have more pictures!  You know me... Read More

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  • Interesting lineup--nice group of California quality-but-not-cult makers.  ... pretty constrained area from Napa to the RRV (and not a ton of RRV) except the Pisoni PN, I think.  But I really cannot see the connection, unless the East Coast distributor is common to all of them. A lot to sample, and with the high entrance fee, one tries to do to... Read More

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  • Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder Napa Mountain 1984

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    Very pretty wine in the glass with no bricking appearance. Some funk on the nose, but otherwise suggestive of black fruit. On the tip of the tongue, Im getting a bit of tart dark fruit. As the wine passes back I am enjoying the elegance that comes from years (decades, in this case) of bottle age. However, there is a slight suggestion of oxid... Read More

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  • A few years too late, but I'm searching for those as well.  Recently ... wineries! (Typically sonoma/napa, but I change it up with paso robles and Livermore from time to time Read More

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  • Hmmm.  Nobody's been here in over five hours.NBDAbout to grill some ... within spitting diistance of Napa County.So what? That is interesting to know, but how is the wine.Well, this one is pretty darned good.  I like fruit in my wine as much as the next guy, but I hate syrupy fruit.  This one is very niice with dark, unsweetened fruit.  Clearl... Read More

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  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our ... brought over two bottles, a Napa Merlot (2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards) and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2015 Twomey Pinot Noir).  We started with that Trump Blanc de Blanc that was given to us last month (I didn't like it much, probably due to the gree... Read More

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  • It's because of the likes of GDP and Snooth regulars like us, among many ... Bordeaux and Burgundy and Napa reds and even Australian shiraz instead. Prices were still reasonable up through the end of the '90s then started upticking last decade and the curve has steepened this. I was able to buy a lot of good bottles for a relative pittance all... Read More

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  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    The best CdV Napa Valley I've had from them. Rich and full bodied with plenty of fruit, tannins dusty earth, mocha and spice - this is powerful. Great tannin to acid balance makes cellar worthy. 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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