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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley 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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  • DM, what would you like to know?We've been to Paso many times over the last ... or fruit forward as a lot of Napa cabs tend to be.In Monterey we didn't make it out into wine country as there must have been at least two dozen tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea, plus it would have been an hours drive each wa Read More

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  • Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004

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    Lots of woodsiness in the noseI get that, a lot, from Spring Mountain fruit. Nicely settled black cassis fruit. Towards the back of the palate there are certainly the suggestions of leather or tobacco. A decade, or so, of bottle age has certainly calmed down the tannins, but this wine is no wimp. It will stand up to the most robust meal. Wi... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Merlot Santa Helena Chile 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by jmlyons03


  • Terra Valentine Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2009

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    Very pretty purple color. Berries on entryblueberry seems to provide sweetishness and blackberry seems to provide jamminess. There are, also, some plum flavors. Some still very serious tanninthat seems to be a signature characteristic of Spring Mountain red wines--but Im liking it. Tannin, understandably, causes some roughness way in the rea... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Last September I signed up for the Apsara Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay ... ... Volume IV, Chapter 2 2016 Napa Valley Chardonnay, I pulled out my credit card and signed up for 3 of the Read More

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  • Quivet Cellars Kenefick Ranch Syrah 2013

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    A quite rich wine. Blackberry on entrydangerously close to jamminess. The wine, though, does acquire an attractive savoriness. Still some pretty sturdy tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Same fruit, same vineyard, same vintage conpletely different beasts. I opened ... opened ... USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga (3/27/2018)Man this pours dark. Perhaps the blackest wine I have ever opened. With that said it’s not the big massve behemoth it could be considering the intense color. Blackberry and plum stain the glass, the d... Read More

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  • In this video, Keenan Winery Artistic Director and “Wine Wife,” ... Winery on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley above St. Helena, CA. Here, she introduces the Dorothea Lange Photo Exhibit, one of the most renowned photographers of our time. She also talks about the Yarn Bombed bicycle hanging above the fireplace in the tasting room, and the old a... Read More

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  • Dvolger I find Washington wines to be a much better buy than Napa. I think I can get a equal Washington wine for 60-70% for the same quality as. Napa  Read More

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  • Ellen,I think this thread normally would have been tagged as SPAM, but some well-meaning person with the ability to "OK" it, decided it was worthwhile because it mentions wine.  Most of the replies are sarcastic.This was a pretty decent forum, but the SPAM attacks drove us crazy and most have abandoned this forum.  I still stop in occasionally. Read More

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  • 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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