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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

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

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • Eagle's Trace

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

  • Stonehedge Winery

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

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • Three Thieves

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

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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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  • We moved to Napa in 2014 and have been slowly but purposefully visiting and tasting wines at the 500 or so wineries in the Valley.  We have been writing a blog about life in wine country, you can find it here:  www.topochinesvino.com.  In addition to Napa wineries we frequent Sonoma county wineries as well and just added Oregon to our list (one ... Read More

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  • Hey it's my first time on here - what an adventure! There's more to do ... ... a lot).  We live in Napa and are starting a wine importing business.  Who needs more wine in Napa you ask?  We think everyone.  My wife and I are both from Europe (Spain and Ukraine) and have extensive wine maker friendships across Spain, Italy and the Balkans.&nbs Read More

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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley.  In March we are heading to Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an Opera at... Read More

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  • Chad Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2013

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    Chads top of the line.......Outstanding! Read More

    Wine review by tml61748


  • Martin Ray "Synthesis" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Good complexity on the nose with dark blackberry and violet petal aromas with sweet spice and creamy notes of chocolate and black olive. Very expressive fruit palate with blackberry preserves, black currant and rich dark chocolate that carries a silky texture up front leading towards firm tannins on the finish. There's a nice acidity throughout ... Read More

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  • Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013

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    Fairly light nose of some cassis fruit. Predictably, there is cassis on the tip of the tonguenot too abrupt, though. As the wine passes back, there is some powdered cocoa and some earthiness. (Is that Rutherford dust?) Fairly sedate tannin and mild acid make this a very easy-drinking Cabernet Sauvignon. Not the biggest, most full-bodied ca... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Only having a bottle or two makes it harder in a lot of ways.  K&L ... ... HDH is Chicago, BWG is Napa.  Your friend M. Smith has done events with HDH in Chicago--I directed my nephew to one of them.&nbs Read More

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  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2012

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    Stunning wine for the price and age has done it well. Blackberries in spades, currant, a touch of sweet black cherries on the back end, a slight touch of oak to boot.This is generous, smooth and full bodied. The tannins are rounded and are balanced with good acidity. Tremendous QPR. Hold for 3-5 yrs. or drink, why wait? 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Some good drinking indeed.  I enjoyed the '08 vintage out of Napa Valley.  All my '08s' are gone now. MJET - Is this the only one of Rock Block you've had?  Interested in hearing about them. Read More

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  • I placed an order for the following: (1) 2007 Bodegas Valduero ... Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (Looked interesting and you know I love me some Cab Sav)(1) 2011 Alessandro Rivetto Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Barolo DOCG, Piedmonte, IT (Fox recommendation)(1) 2012 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Napa Valley (I've had previous vintages and this is r... 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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