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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Sola

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

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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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  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2013

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    Half an open bottle taken home from Jack & Rosanne's 50th wedding anniversary. Did not drink the remainder for a week+ after it had been opened. That said, no complaints and no accolades. It was still drinkable. Read More

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  • Well...damn my eyes!!! I kinda thought something was odd, but this just is worse if it is as DMCKER thinks.  That's why I asked the question - to see if he'd trap himself.  JD - Your right.  OT - Thanks. Guess I should have known better. Read More

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  • These efforts by Keenan are such a joke. Too bad because they seem to make good wines. Read More

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  • Rckr, "he"'s (it's) been around for awhile but is most likely a bot that posts regurgitated text segments on a number of wineries/regions/subjects. Has never responded. Not sure I understand the policy and practice but we can assume he/she/it's serving some misguided purpose. Certainly misguided if they think this will somehow increase cross-lin... Read More

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  • He's a shill for the winery they post about once a month in drive-by fashion. Don't expect a response. Read More

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  • Welcome to Smooth GREGORY.  Hope to see you continuing to be active.What's the point of your post? Read More

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  • The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes grown on ... in ... in the eastern portion of Napa.Keenan’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested beginning on October 1st, with the final lot being picked on November 2nd. After harvest, the fruit clusters were de-stemmed, then fermented for ten to fourteen days. The wine w... Read More

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  • Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

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    Solid, with depth and structure. Some red berry fruit with backing blackberry, wood and earthy noted lead to a lively lasting finish. Drink now or hold (4-6) years - Paul 91 points Read More

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  • Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

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    No written review

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  • Aspara Syrah Carneros Las Madres Vineyard 2014

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    Some raspberry in the nose, but, then, more earthiness. Slightest hit of raspberry, but, mostly, earthiness, meatiness, maybe, mushroom on entry. A very interesting wine in that none of those flavors dominate. As soon as I detect one, it moves on and the next one steps in. Very modest in both tannin and acid. An outstanding wine. 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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