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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • William Hill Winery

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

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

  • Sycamore Lane Cellars

    Sycamore Lane is a private label brand produced by Trinchero Family Estates in Napa Valley, Cal...

  • T-Vine Cellars

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

  • Jade Mountain

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

  • Beaucanon Estate

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

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  • Why?  We're having beef for dinner, tonight.  I really like CS ... beef.Another awesome '13 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.A bit more fruit forward than the Mending Wall reported above--blueberry and miscellaneous dried dark fruit.  Observable dustiness, mid palate.  Fairly controlled tannin.  I do not feel bad, for even one millisecond, about... Read More

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  • Mending Wall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    Beautiful deep dark plum color. Wonderful black fruitcurrant, cassison the tip of the tongue. More flavors on the rear tongue and under the rear palatesome dustiness, some unsweetened chocolate. This is a terrific wine, today, but with its still sturdy tannin and nice tart acid, investing storage space for this wine will reap additional rewards. Read More

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  • I am not familiar with this winery, but that means little... there are many good wineries in Napa - so many, in fact, that one could scarcely get to know them all..  I am supposing that someone liked the poem Mending Wall by Robert Frost, hence the name.  This poem, from his 1914 collection North of Boston, is said to be the most anthologized po... Read More

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  • Mending Wall Brown Ranch Carneros Chardonnay 2016

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    Whoa. Seriously oaked. Lots of vanilla, caramel. Some tropical fruit. Not an awful wine, but if you are a White Burgundy fan, I'd be hard pressed to understand why you would like this. Read More

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  • Baus Family Vineyard Napa Valley Private Reserve 2016

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    Introduction of dried dark fruit--raisins, prunes--without the sweetness; Savory mid-palate--this is supposed (according to the flash site vendor) a Bordeaux blend but "savory" makes me think Rhone. Interesting. Modest tannins. Maybe a tad more tart than I would have liked. Full-bodied. Not a great wine, but for the price very very good. Read More

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