Napa, the grand tour

Sunset's guide to the very best of California's ultimate wine country

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  • Modern art is a striking accompaniment to wine at Hess Collection.

    Hess Collection art

    Lisa Romerein

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WHAT TO DO

Ballooning Float over Napa with Balloons Above the Valley ($234; 800/464-6824) or Napa Valley Balloons ($230; 800/253-2224).

The Culinary Institute of America at Grey-stone (See map.) INFO: 2555 Main St., St. Helena; 707/967-1010 (restaurant reservations), 707/967-2320 (cooking-demo reservations).

Dean & DeLuca Don't tell New Yorkers, but the St. Helena branch of Manhattan's foodie mainstay may be even more alluring to palates (and wallets) than the SoHo original. INFO: 607 S. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena; 707/967-9980.

Di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature (See map.) INFO: 5200 Carneros Hwy., Napa; 707/226-5991.

Napa Valley Bike Tours Napa Valley's backroads are ideal for cycling: quiet, mostly flat, and beautiful, albeit often clogged with traffic. Rentals (from $20) and guided tours (from $99). INFO: 6488 Washington St., Yountville; 800/707-2453.

 

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