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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • Irony

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • Sola

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

  • 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...

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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...

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  • A historic Napa Valley maker marking its 50 year anniversary. More Mrs. EMark's style than mine.  Very oaky.  Lots of caramel.  Tropical fruit and stone fruit,  We'll see how it goes with crab legs, tonight. Read More

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  • Mumm Napa Brut Prestige NV

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    Classic aromas of golden pear, Granny Smith apple and hearty country toast with a hint of banana on the nose. Elegant and refined on the palate with tart tangerine pith and pink grapefruit notes, a puckering citrusy bright mid palate and a finish of oak and toasted hazelnut. 92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We hosted another high-end wine dinner last night with our neighbors Rick & ... ... and Barnett wineries in Napa Valley to us when we did our first wine trip to Napa several years ago.  We started at 6 PM with rain coming down (I was planning to grill of course).  Rick brought over two Conn Valley Vineyards wines, a 2016 Chardonnay and a 2014 ... Read More

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  • I'm always jealous of RBA when he opens one of those St. Francis SVDs--not ... EM.  We will be in the Napa Valley area this July (05-08 July 2018) and of course we'll take advantage of their wonderful wine pairing meals.  It's a member benefit.  They have a beautiful winery.  We will be looking for a few recommended wineries to visit this July... Read More

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  • Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Good opening of dark fruit-cassis, blueberry--on entry. Then, whoa, what a tannic monster. Then leathery, tobacco bitterness. I actually think this wine has tremendous potential. There is sufficient acid to suggest that aging will tame the tannin. However, this process will take years of patience. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome, Zavime.  We hope you enjoy your stay, here.I'm not going to ... of Grgich Hills winery in Napa Valle Read More

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  • Castello di Amorosa Rosé Blend Napa Valley Fantasia 2011

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    Wine review by Mariacurcio


  • Hey, at least someone's trying to talk about how to make wine, and differences in wines, and other deeper subjects than just posting pictures of what they drank without commentary!  ;-)Though the description does somehow remind me of an assistant who was tasked with taking minutes-of-meeting notes on three-party negotiations for a software right... Read More

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  • Well Gregorymboelter, I think I'd rather read your cut and pastes from the Keenan Winery website. What you've posted here makes no sense wrt to your topic line, which in itself makes no sense.  No such thing as "Vintage Winery" so I'm guessing that was a fat finger and should have said Vintage Wine.  Vintage indicates which year the grapes were ... Read More

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  • The point of this post is - ?And that's how you make "vintage" wine eh?I suppose it works for vintage Port too? That's why the stuff is so good? 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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