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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  • 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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Bond

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Jessup Cellars

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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

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  • 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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  • Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

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    Dark plum color. Dark berry fruit on the nose, but, also, slight hint of alcohol. Terrific on the tongue. Typical CS hit of cassis on the tongue. Also, a suggestion of oaky vanilla. Then, almost, some anise. Very subdued tannin makes this on a very easy drinker. Clearly, a New World styled wine, but, also, a big winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jist for THOI is searched through about 600 wines from Germany (Many of them ... at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley and in Bordeaux with Count Neipperg at Canon-La-Gaffeliere. At Juris, a four-story gravity flow facility treats the grapes with the utmost care from the moment that they enter the building. Juris only uses estate fruit from ... Read More

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  • Thanks, guys.I had never heard of Jeffrey James Hill, before.  I'm ... he was big news up in the Napa area, and I'm surprised that I did not see anything about him on the wine boards.  So, the article that you pointed to was pretty interesting, Paul.  I did a bit more searching, and this artilce in the NY Times is very interesting--"In Vino Ve... Read More

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  • Artesa Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli-Borges Vineyard Rutherford 2012

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    Blackberry preserves and molasses on the nose with red licorice and dark berries and spice. This almost has a dessert quality to it with dark chocolate and espresso notes but this is a dry wine. Rich and spicy and full of acidity and brown sugar notes towards the finish, this is a true treat and ends with a load of dark earth elegance. Read More

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  • Artesa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Block 91d Carneros 2014

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    Pure fruited ripe cherry aromas with soft powdered sugar and cool herbal notes blowing through. This is cool, fresh and lively on the palate with gorgeous mixed berry notes and fresh blueberry to start with good complexity filling in towards the finish with soft earth, medicine and cinnamon spice with just a touch of crushed violet petal and fin... Read More

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  • Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

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    Spiced red currant and raspberry aromas with ripe cherry and and cool floral elegance on the nose. Bright and firm fruit coming through on the palate with zesty acidity and tart focused cherry and cranberry fruit, a hint of medicine and good herbal notes of red licorice and more plum and blossom coming through towards the finish with baking spic... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay Carneros 2014

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    Lightly yeasty aromas with pleasant oak coming out of the glass with lovely apple and pear fruit with hints of lemon and white blossom. This is wonderfully expressive on the palate with a firm but rich mouthfeel and finely integrated oak notes that are creamy and vanilla. This turns almost smoky towards the finish with notes of caramel and light... Read More

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  • Artesa Single Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Block 92 Carneros 2014

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    Good fresh fruit aromas here with peach and apple notes with a hint of fresh citrus, light smoke and a hint of vanilla. A bit tart in the mouth that quickly turns gently towards apple notes that are quite creamy sloping on to the finish with notes of pleasant toast and wildflower and a hint of light spice adds a nice complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Artesa Albarino Carneros 2015

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    Soft green apple and light lemon aromas with hints of peach and ripe melon. A hint of green coming through up front and gorgeous soft acidity and notes of lemon and grapefruit with more melon. Nice warm finish with just a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2014

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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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