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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

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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Irony

    Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astrona...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • John Anthony Vineyards

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

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

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Napa on Snooth

  • Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

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    A lot of up front fruit--blackberry. It gives the impression of being a tad sweet. Normally, I would view that as a negative. Under the mid- rear- palate I get an unsweetened chocolate sensation that makes me think this is a real wine. Approachable now, but will, most assuredly keep for years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to ... you ... ... you get from places like Napa or even Sonoma. The region focuses on the Bordeaux varieties, which I understand because that's what people buy, but I think they could do more more diverse grapes. Many of them agree - there's interest in Tempranillo, Aglianico, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries


  • Obama was very much a foody, and into his wines as well. He made it a point to ... San Francisco (and north to Napa). I think after a little experience we all serve wines as hosts based on our understanding of our guests' knowledge and perceptions. When I first started entertaining in my 20s I busted my behind trying to serve the best wines wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mr. President's choice :)


  • Lagier Meredith Syrah 2014

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    Big mouth-filling wine. Quite viscous. Some tart cranberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, it becomes very savory. Drink now or hold. I just don't think you can go wrong with this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Quivet Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Dark plum color in the glass. Dark fruit on the nose, although, with a hint of alcohol. As expected lots of black fruit on the tip of the tongue--cassis and blackberry, most notably. Leather, and, maybe, tobacco mid-palate. Very nice, sturdy tannins. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Provenance Napa Valley Merlot 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Nice mouth-filling wine. A lot of red fruit on the tip of the tongue, but not syrupy. Some sturdy tannin. For the price ($15) a pretty good everyday drinker--and, I have to say a very excellent cooking wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hartwell Estate Miste Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    Enjoyable, albeit, chewy wine. Dark fruit--blackberry more than currant--with a slight tang. Some suggestion of anise. Tannins are almost completely resolved. Not the longest finish in the world, but just so easy to enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • We haven't been to Seattle in a number of years and would love to ... ... contacts in Sonoma, Paso and Napa, just going to depend on the timing but I'm always up for a road (or air) tri Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Face to Face Club - a...


  • Silverado Vineyards Merlot Mt George Napa Valley 2013

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    Lots of red fruit, on entry--strawberry, cherry. Negligible tannin and acid. Moderate body. It doesn't suck, but, for the price, it is a bit disappointing. It just tastes like grape juice, not wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • "Walla Walla is amazing.  But it is about a 5 hour drive from ... ... home days, but then so would Napa/Sonoma and even more so the Santa Barbara/Ojai/Santa Maria areas. Home bases by someone(s) in the group are good anchors to rely on--if that's intelligible. Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Face to Face Club - a...


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