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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Varietals Produced in Napa View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Three Thieves

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

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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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  • Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

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    Ugly chemical noseprobably sulphur. Light cherry flavor on the tip of the tongue. Then, not much of anything else. Pretty much, a pedestrian wine. On the other hand, once you get past the nose, it really doesnt suck. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Friday night with our good wine drinkin' buddies.  Hot and humid here ... on our March trip to Sonoma/Napa.  Big, layered and rich, a good bit of well integrated oak along with a decent amount of acid.  Thought it would be interesting to compare that with another Napa chard so I pulled out the Failla, which was an excellent wine in its own way... Read More

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  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Spiced white pepper notes and hints of pineapple and grapefruit on the nose. Fresh lemongrass and tart grapefruit flavors in the mouth with a boisterous acidity and a finish of light cream and fresh green melon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Well, I'm still awake and posting to this forum tonight.  Thing is, I ... is, I ... you think a nice Napa Cabernet Sauvignon would be the ticket?  Yes?  I agree.  This 2009 Audelssa Cabernet Sauvignon hits the spo Read More

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  • Butler Pond California Merlot 2015

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    True to merlot varital with pepper spice at the finish. Good staying power in the fridge. Wish it had more personality prior to the finish but that's the merlot. It was true to the varietal. If I was measuring that alone, I'd give it 5 stars. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Girard Winery Artistry Napa Valley 2012

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    Some phenols on the nose. Cassisslightly sweet--on the tip of the tongue. Then some stiff tannin. Then, unfortunately, some alcoholic heat. An OK wine, but probably not particularly memorable one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Looking merely at wine, was wondering how the current hodge-podge of Trump ... ... the border. Even places like Napa.SB labor-shortage induced wastage:Shortages up in Napa and Sonoma, too.Just two simple examples, but there will be more to add to the list, so this is currently just a placeholder. Of course these issues pale in comparison to th... Read More

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  • Question:What Napa Valley Vineyard is named after a Citroen?Answer: Whoa, I would have nerver guessed.  Manufactured as late as 1990. Thanks, BLM.  We look forward to any reports on those wines. Read More

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  • Quivet Cellars Pellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Lots of berry on the nose. Some phenols. Big hit of blackberry and cassis on ... ... not be a favorite among Napa Valley CS fans. It is super approachable. On the other hand, Pinot Noir fans may find this wine to be an eye openin Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir 2012

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    In the glass the wine is translucent and with a brownish tinge to it. On the tongue Im getting some cherry cough syrup that has been the rage with California PNs, these days. On the other hand, Ive had worsemuch worse. In all honesty, the sensation fades fairly quickly. Sturdier tannin that I see in most CA PNs. To me that makes it taste mo... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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