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 »

Mentor for Napa Wines

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).

View Profile » View Top Lists »

View More

Popular wines made in Napa under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

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 ...

  • Bond

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

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. . The 1992 vintage garner...

  • Jessup Cellars

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

Page 1 of 1,000

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...

    Comment by 125081Mike Pobega 125081 Mike Pobega


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... Zinfandel is labeled "Napa Valley."  It is a blend of fruit sourced from the estate vineyard and some other Napa Valley vineyard.  It is a good wine, but, when it comes to Zinfandel, my Sonoma County, and, especially, Dry Creek Valley, prejudice is pretty well known.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2009

    Snoothrank:

    purple hues. nose of tea, chocolate and orange peel. very rich and deep with chocolate and liquorice. very long finish. unique on its own Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Vineyard 2013

    Snoothrank:

    deep purplish hue. sweet nose with cherries and plums. very sweet on palate with strong notes of prunes - slightly cloying... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 35th Anniversary 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Beautiful dark purple color. Rustic woody nose, but, also, a hint of alcohol. On entry lots of dried fruit flavorraisins and prunes, but without the sweetness. Some of that road tar sensation. This, to me, brings in complexity after the fruity entry. Pretty serious unresolved tannins. I dont discount a wine just because of tannin. Tannin ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RBA-Yes, those are nice. My cousin just remodeled this entertainment room. We ... favorite early drinking 2013 Napa Cabs. I have not tasted many 2013's that are not BIG on the TANNINS.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Fontanella Cabernet Franc 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Dry, peppery and oakey. On initial taste, I expected this to be a cab. It did not taste like cab franc. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • JD, the reserve is from the Moulds vineyard in Oak Knoll. The regular Becklyn Napa Valley has lots of Kenefick Ranch fruit in it and sports a darker fruit profile. The Moulds was more juicy on pnp and by day three was taking on some secondary aromas of licorice and cedar. Is more approachable at this dapte. The Napa has shut down so if you open ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • It worked - I feel better.You're lucky, RCKR, that therapy never works for ... an interesting sounding $15 Napa Syrah--I took too long to set up my account--but I'm certainly not going to lose sleep about tha Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Not too keen on Mission and their prices, Greg. Milano's has always been ... so with Leese-Fitch 2013 (Napa) Cabernet Sauvignon. I'd been looking to try this bottle since I saw The Tasting Panel of Wine.com give it a 90 rating. I found it @ Milano's @ $12, but was I ever disappointed! It isn't  as good as some reds at half the price. I'm alway... Read More

    Forum post in the topic JUST AN INTRODUCTION


  • There are a lot of very good wines in the region.  Recently, The French laundry (Napa) introduced 6 mexican wines in its wine list.  I invite you to try Solar Fortún. Read More

    Forum post in the topic The new wines of Baja California


  • Every time I visit Napa I have a great time. Make sure you plan ahead though. The options can be overwhelming!

    Comment by 321328cablecars 321328 cablecars


  • Recently had a Darioush Duel Cabernet/Shiraz blend 2005 I bought it at the vineyard and it was wonderful Mmmmm

    Comment by 250806Grape Goddess 250806 Grape Goddess


  • New image uploaded to this page.

    Page modification by 260479IdaGD300 260479 IdaGD300


  • Description edited for this page.

    Page modification by 125081Mike Pobega 125081 Mike Pobega


1 2 3 4 5  ...  1000 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Napa Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Napa wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network