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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

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  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2008 Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
      Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2008
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
      Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
      Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
      Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
      Frog's Leap Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2008 Front Label
      Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2008
      Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
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      • Storybook Mountain Antaeus 2008 Front Label
        Storybook Mountain Antaeus 2008
        Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2008 Front Label
        Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2008
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
          Frog's Leap Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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          • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
              Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc 2008 Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc 2008
              Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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              • Sterling Napa Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                Sterling Napa Chardonnay 2008
                Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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              • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
                Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2008
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
                Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2008
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
                  Frog's Leap Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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                • Inglenook Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
                  Inglenook Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 2008
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                  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
                    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2008
                    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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