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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

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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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  • Becklyn Sauvignon Blanc Mcgah Vineyard 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Very herbal nose. Not so much on the tongue. On the tongue there is the grapefruit sensation that seems to be endemic with most SBs, but, thankfully there are other flavor sensations that add to the experience: definitely, some tropical fruitpineappleand, also, some slate. Nice acid provides refreshing crispness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I suppose this is another example of how and where not to store wine. Hesitated ... ... in the recent Sonoma and Napa fires.. Read More

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  • Boy, I leave guys unattended for a little while and you get all testy with each ... ... grow good Pinot Noir in Napa Valley because it’s too warm. Putting Napa on the label would reduce the value.Re: LP, reviews are thoughts about the experience. I see from the review that he did not like the wine and felt it was grossly overpriced. With a nam... Read More

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  • Liparita 'V Block' Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Lots of blue in the color moves it away from red. Very little fruit on entrysome blueberry, some cassis. Maybe I would describe it as dried fruitplumwithout sweetness. More savoriness than I normally get in CS. Tannins are quite stiff. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • So basically LP didn't like that wine.  "Muddy meh flavors" ... Pinot Noir grapes came from Napa Valley, but they won't say which winer Read More

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  • Final deliveries this season.Yesterday--Rivers-Marie Cabernet ... Lore Vineyard, Napa Valley, Panek Vineyard. Today--Carlisle SVD Zinfandels--Carlisle, Rossi, Papera, Pagani, Bedrock Read More

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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Medium body, flavorful, great finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • EM - I doubt we'll get that far south.  Yes, I did live in Torrance ... to travel up the coast to Napa? &nbs Read More

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  • I could not find one of the listed sweet Bordeaux wines, but I did find a nice ... before dinner.  Sigh.Napa Valley is about 350 miles from the Diamond Bar adobe.  We're down in your old stomping ground.  I think you used to live in Torrance or Redondo Beach.  We're about 50 miles east of there.Now, if on your trip next fall, you decide you wo... Read More

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  • EM - Sandra and I are considering a trip to Napa / Somona next fall; how far are you from that area?  I think we will fly into San Francisco like we did in 2013.Sandra and I will participate.  I could not find one of the listed sweet Bordeaux wines, but I did find a nice replacement.  It's in the fridge right now, cooling down. 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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