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 (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • 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

  • Bond

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Three Thieves

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

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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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  • Frank Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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    Ready to Drink. Dark violet in color. Medium sediment. Let decant for about 1 hour prior to drinking. Nose of black currant and some remnants of blackberry. Powerful flavor up front with blackberry, black currant, and a hint of oak and tannins. Finish is dry and lasting. Continued to develop as it opened up. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Moncharmuk.  Welcome to the Snooth Forum.No pictures, today.  S-I-L ...  Wines were Lewis 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay, Seghesio 2012 Cortina Zinfandel and Apsara 2015 Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blan Read More

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  • Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve Estate Bottled 2005

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    Somewhat murky prune color in the glass. Fairly complex noseoaky vanilla, tarry, green herb. Initial (may have been biased by the color), raisin, dried currant. Considerable mineral or graphite mid-to-rear palate. Tannins are, presumably, quite resolved. Acid adds refreshness and really helps, but an unfortunate bitterness (alcohol?) detrac... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Had a fun day today.  Started with going to the movie theater in the ... ... ... sparkling wine (Mumm Napa Brut Prestige)to enjoy while watching a few shows on television.  This bottle has been sitting in our fridge for a few months now and it's a decent sparkler. &nbs Read More

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  • Yeah, Carter Cellars are a Robert Parker favorite and they're one of those Napa places that push To Kalon fruit so you know they're also pushing the pricing envelope until it breaks.Probably smart to skip those lots and focus on getting some good deals from the Torii Mor offerings. I've only had one or two Torii Mor bottles over the years but ha... Read More

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  • Black Ink California 2014

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Sounds like the bottle was exposed, for however long, to temperatures higher ... with magnums I'd buy in Napa or Sonoma and carry on (back when you could do that) at SFO back to Tokyo. Only seepage was from magnums, interestingly enough, but the variation in pressure (happened during the autumn through spring so temperature wasn't likely an is... Read More

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  • Titus Zinfandel 2013

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    fruit on the front end, some spice, a little pepper(?) with the finish. Wife and I both agree we should get more. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • With Portland, Oreon finally feeling the warmth of Summer, I've opted for ... Estate Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Valley. I normally don't buy wines under $10.00 yet when I saw this at Trader Joe's, it reminded me of my favorite Carneros so I thought I'd give it a try. What a delightful wine! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon trying to stay cool, (th... Read More

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  • Rutherford Ranch Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    One of the best Sauvingnon Blanc wines on the market. Please add to your site for purchase, I will buy by the cases. It's that good! Definitely 5 wine glasses! Thank you Read More

    Wine review by nurseking24


  • 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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