Above: Vineyard view from horseback - LISA FABRY / GETTY IMAGES

Shadybrook Estate and Winery is the fulfillment of a dream for Alice and David Alkosser, who fell in love with the Napa Valley in 2005. After purchasing their first vineyard property in the hills of the little-known Coombsville in 2009, they partnered with winemaker Rudy Zuidema in 2010. The husband-and-wife team have expanded their winery over the years by buying neighboring land, including, most recently, the historic Rapp Quarter Horse Ranch. Driving there was a pleasure, immersing us in less traveled but still magnificent valley scenery.

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