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 (

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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Bond

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

  • Irony

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • 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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  • Wow, I am one lucky guy to score a wine like this! This is the first Robert ... ... with a high quality Napa Valley wine. This is a fabulous wine. The retail price is over $100.00 and although i have paid $80.00 for a library wine one time in my life I probably won't be doing that again. I don't understand wines commanding this amount in reta... Read More

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  • So, today Peggy and I drove over to the westside and helped b-i-l with an ... ... not a great expression of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tons of currant fruit on the tip of the tongue.  Some anise spice.  Very light on the tannins and the acid.  An OK wine, but I'm glad to get it out of storage to make room for something els Read More

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  • Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005


    Tons of currant fruit on the tip of the tongue. Some anise spice. Very light ... not a great expression of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvigno Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Thanks for raising the bar Al#1 but where is the points sticker? ;-) funny, i ... would be a touch uneasy on a Napa vintners take on Sonoma PN. Glad to heat it was still alive after some questionable storgage.Yesterday. I had the opportunity to taste a new Napa CS getting a lot of buzz. Was brutally young and took aggressive  swirling yo get m... Read More

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  • It's another late night for me but I opened this Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast ... @ $70.00. Mostly there are Napa Valley wines in this collection with a smattering of local (for me) Santa Barbara County wines. I am very happy with this purchase. This Pahlmeyer is delicious! Which one of you guys dislikes Pinot Noir? You need to try this one! Lesson ... Read More

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  • DV - I don't think there even was a NZ wine industry during Ike's ... ... I've had from Sonoma, Napa, France, Australia or anywhere. Which is why Syrah is such a great grape.Serious thread drift her Read More

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  • Picked up a three pack today. One to pop tonight '13 Bedrock Old Vine that ... of hot tickets at Vintage Napa last week. Fruit from Dr Crane, Las Piedras and Weitz, quite the shopping list. $175 and available in OWC 3 packs. Was really young but packed with dark plum, blackberry, licorice, and earthy notes. Took some pretty aggressive swirling... Read More

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  • ATF labeling laws.  They care where the grapes come from, not where it was ... bad idea.  Frankly, in Napa they should put orchards back in the valley floor, move all the winery buildings into the downtowns, and plant grapes on any piece of land above the roads on the hillsides.  Truck the damn grapes down from Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain and P... Read More

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  • Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006


    A wonderful cab. Aroma of dark fruits which carry over to he taste on the palate. Tannins are somewhat soft. A moderate finish. The freshness of this 2006 is very pleasing. Read More

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  • I don't know what the science would be. I generally don't open a wine ... way within state, e.g. from Napa to San Diego?Is it worse from Fed Ex or from my car? Fed Ex throws the boxes around, I don't, so is it the roughness that matters?And as OT notes, does it matter if the wine is younger or older and if so, why?One night I sat at a table wi... 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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