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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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

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

  • Bond

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

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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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  • A Napa Valley maker that, believe it or not, I discovered without any help from on-line wine friends, respected wine commentators, dissed wine commentators or, even, peer pressure from on-line wine forum participants. To my way of thinking more like a Claret than a powerhouse Napa Cab.  Pleasant light hit of red fruit—plum, cherry—on entry.  Str... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2006


    More reddish than purple in the glass. Muted musty nosemay need more air time ... palate. Not a powerhouse Napa Cab to my way of thinkingmore like a claret. Good wine that nobody should feel pressed to empty from their cellar. A lot of years left in this on Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I dropped by to see what was up.  Yes, I have had some wines (Briceland) ... ... on Berserkers Day.  Napa Girl -  Thanks for remembering.  Since I last visited Snooth, I have taken over as Winemaker.  My wife and I bought the winery and the property where I grew up.  If anyone has time, drop by Berserkers this year in Jan.  I will have an offe Read More

    Forum post in the topic Berserker Day

  • RBA, looks like a great trip, glad to see you're not wasting any time! By ... Healdsburg. It's a 2003 Napa red bordeaux blend and has the initials A.P. in the upper right of the front label. The back label says that the design on the label is a linocut by Henry Evans, drawn in the vineyard of his friend Ernest Peninou. I can't find anything ab... Read More

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  • Sterling Merlot Winery Lake Vineyard 2008


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    Wine review by gianna30

  • Far Niente Winery Chardonnay Estate Bottled Napa Valley 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection United States California Napa County Napa Valley Red 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • The wine can't be sold with a vintage date because of EU rules. I'm not ... Paso Robles, and Syrah from Napa and calling it "American". Doesn't mean the wine is bad though, and companies like Gallo have done it for years..First vintage for the F series was 2011 which is lucky because they'll be numbered according to year now. So 2011 is F1, 201... Read More

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  • Jax Vineyards Taureau Red Blend 2013


    This is a really balanced blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Zin. Plum and cherry with balanced tannins. Easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • 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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