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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

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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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  • I still mean to try something from Keenan...no offense taken by these "ads", just kind of funny and tone deaf. Read More

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  • You guys probably won't be surprised to hear that I have a bottle of the Keenan '11 Zin.  I have no particular plan for when I might open it, but, more than likely, I'll comment on it when I do try it. Read More

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  • Yeah,  '11 was a pretty rough year for ripeness in the Napa Valley and Zin depends on it to be fully appreciated. Read More

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  • Not the first time I've seen this posted on a wine forum this season...new hire? Made too much wine, or slow sales for Zin? Good luck moving them anyway. Read More

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  • Keenan’s 2011 Zinfandel is made up of grapes grown in Calistoga and on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District estate. The Zinfandel grown in Calistoga supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas, while the Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nuances.Once harvested, the grapes were de-stemmed then fermented in small ... Read More

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  • Mount Veeder Napa Cabernet 2009

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    Lots of blue in the color makes it a nice purple. Nose is somewhat minty, and Im getting a hint of licorice. On the tongue, there is a pleasant cassis flavor that is not overwhelming. Very firm tannin remove fruitiness. There is some sort of olive flavor way in the back of the palate, but it diminishes quickly. It does not seem to appear in... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2012

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    Wine review by runningbear


  • Special treat tonight - a very nice 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Moone Tsai ... ...  I still think the Napa Valley Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon is better though.  Lots of fruit up front but structured tanins.  It has a significant kick with an alcohol level of 15.1% so be prepared....  This wine was highly recommended at our local Total Wine... Read More

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  • RBA, one other thing, the winery Simonnet Febvre is in Chablis, hence the ... ... on the label, kind of like a Napa winery making a Sonoma Coast chardonnay - you'd see Napa by the winery's name but not as the origin of the grapes. By the way, your post prompted me to open this tonight, '05 Domaine Séguinot-Bordet Chablis. This was a bargain an... Read More

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  • Czarina, would also love to hear your impressions of that Alexander Valley cab! ... Alexander Valley vs their Napa, would like to hear from anyone who has already done tha 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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