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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Sola

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • Bond

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

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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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  • Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

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  • I'd never heard of Dave Ramsey.  I Googled him before I read your ... ... Al.I had a pretty mediocre Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc with dinner, last nigh Read More

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  • If I remember correctly, last year at Bottle Rock (Annual Music Festival in Napa) the ABC came down hard on a number of wineries who were pouring at the event claiming that their liquor licenses did not allow them to pour wine away from their facilities. Big fines and license suspensions were imposed. It was a joke and they all appealed the ruli... Read More

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  • We're talking different things, perhaps, Al. I was talking towards how ... ... case on wine operations in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey that were doing so well, but end up sliding to mediocrity, or obscurity then death, after their founder sells out. Ultimately very short lifespans for those wines of former excellence. In my direct experience v... Read More

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  • No link? And just another sale that'll likely mean the product starts down ... ... The story of so many in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey and elsewhere. We who appreciate good wine never want to see bean counters get too much control over wine production.It is the American entrepreneurial model, after all. Innovate, build a little, sell as high... Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001

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    Dark purple color. Woodsy nose with, maybe, a suggestion of licorice. Interesting entry. I dont get any fruit sensation on the tip of the tonguesome heat, some tannin. Not until mid-palate do I get characteristic black currant suggestions. A bit of tartness on the back of the palate, but nothing terribly distracting. Its difficult to say ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Yountville Miller Ranch 2007

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  • Yeah - SA has really made strides over the past few years. Under apartheid they ... (But the best was still from Napa.)And the Constantia was once one of the world's most acclaimed wines. I love sweet wines, so I'm a fa Read More

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  • Shocking news unfolding in Napa Valley.  Sad day for Cali Cab Sauv lovers. Single vehicle crash in Yountville. Another young winemaker was in the passenger seat and survived. The whole wine community is in mourning. Read More

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  • Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Opens with Plum, Cedar, Oak, and Vanilla; then on to Plum and Bing Cherry; finishes with a bit of Slate, Vanilla, Mint, and Concord Grape. A big, full mouthful with a long long finish of stewed fruit, Blackberry, Licorice, and Milk Chocolate. Cannot remember when or where I picked this bottle up, but wish I had more. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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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