Though it’s hardly undiscovered, the scenic drive along Napa's eastern edge offers a respite from the snarls of Highway 29, along with some new attractions:
Gavin Newsom’s Odette Estate is celebrating its first harvest in its new LEED-certified winery space. It offers a self-guided tour of the facilities and green roof. 5998 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707-224-7533
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ Fay Outlook & Visitor Center showcases the winery’s two estate vineyards. In October, the winery will begin offering an in-depth Fire & Water tasting. 5766 Silverado Trail (Near Wapoo Hill Rd.), Napa, 707-944-2020
Quintessa offers intimate tastings that are limited to 12 people, including a tasting in the vineyard. 1601 Silverardo Trail (Near Rutherford Hill Rd.), St. Helena, 707-286-2730
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Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco