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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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 ...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

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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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  • OT, last night must have been a Pobega that Bedrock night.  We took this ... folks that went to Sonoma/Napa with us earlier this month).  I decanted it early in the afternoon and it was still a bit tight when served with dinner. By the time of the last glass it had opened up quite nicely.  This is more about fruit and spice, less about jam.  G... Read More

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  • Not sure how that would work since the slate will eventually become whatever ... of my uncle's house in Napa. He built onto a mountain that was essentially a huge rock and for a cellar, he just went downstairs and knocked out a huge piece of it. The mountain continued up behind his house, so his cellar walls were probably a few miles thick. Th... Read More

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  • Thanks - Mumm also have a Napa Sparkling Read More

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  • Shramsberg is local Napa, arguably the best domestic US bubbly, and that includes every effort from the French transplants. From the mid-60s the Davies updated one of the early Napa vineyards and made the smart decision to focus on sparkling, which then evolved to become one of the first US wines to get press whereby the president (Reagan at the... Read More

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  • Santa? In March no less? Well yes, I exist all year round, and I've been ... ... we could exchanging Cult Napa Cabernet, Giacosa Barolo or Grand Cru Burgundy or Krug Champagne.A dollar a day. Reveal day could really be something special. Can this get any traction? Please discus Read More

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  • Sounds a bit like my US experienceSan Francisco twiceNapa twiceNew York onceBoston OnceCamden Maine onceLA oncePhoenix OnceSan Diego OnceHonolulu OnceEnjoyed them allWine experience aside NewYork was Amazing was there 15 months after 9/11 was very sobering that part Read More

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  •  2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/19/2017)Savory black olive tapenade is the first thing to greet your nose on this deep purple Syrah. The blueberry fruit is very prominent and mouthcoating. Richness personified on the palate wth juicy blackberry, iron and crushes stones. Tannins are dusty a... Read More

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  • Oh, just remembered some of the class Chardonnay in CA. Definitely ... California...Santa Cruz, Napa, SonomaHowever Santa Barbara in the South does very well with Chardonnay. Most of my experience is with Liquid Farm, but I hear Brewer-Clifton (from Charline) is doing great things, which is backed up by critical acclaim Read More

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  • I was at a wine event in Yountville yesterday where they were pouring a number of high end Napa Cabs. While there were a number of Bordeaux styled blends I figure you want expressions of Napa and not wines trying to be like wine from somewhere else. In the Cabernet Sauvignon camp there were not a lot of standouts in the widely available realm.20... Read More

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  • $50-60+range: Chappellet Signature and Smith-Madrone out of Napa.Also 2nd the Washington rec's from Greg, Andrew Will.I'd look to Oregon for Pinot Noir and maybe some Chard. I'm a fan of Cameron, Amalie Robert (Estate or Amalie's Cuvée). There are French producers there as well like Drouhin, Jadot (via the Resonance label), and Evening Land has ... 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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