Recently Rob and I were able to visit one of our most favorite places in America, the Napa Valley in California. 10 years ago we discovered the glory of the Napa Valley and almost get giddy with each return trip. It’s just so-o-o beautiful and... it’s such fun tasting delicious, well-crafted wines. With this trip we were treated to a lovely 3-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a staple of Napa Valley history and one of the Nation’s only active historical passenger railroads.
We began our 3 hour trip enjoying a glass of Grgigh Hills Chardonnay. While waiting for our appetizers of bread and cheese, fruit and compote, our waiter gave us the OK to head to the tasting car. This turned out to be a good arrangement due to the fact that we had the Wine Educator all to ourselves! The very accommodating staff brought our appetizers to us and we nibbled, listened and learned more about wine. (What I was describing as “sweet” is actually “fruit forward”. Good to know ;-> )
Since this was November the sunset happened before we boarded the train however, it was a clear evening with an almost full moon. So beautiful. And though this time of year doesn’t lend itself to sunset dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train they do have special themed lunch and dinner rides year-round that should make every trip delightful. Some packages include a winery tour along with your meal. That’s a great package! The Month of December hosts the Santa Train, a nice hour and a half ride with Santa and some of his friends, a perfect family friendly way to experience this beautiful train and Valley. Click here for full information.
This is such an elegant way to experience the Napa Valley and I encourage you to include it in your itinerary to complete a lovely wine tasting visit. To learn all about the Napa Valley Wine Train please visit: http://winetrain.com/
(*Disclosure: Our evening was provided by the Napa Valley Wine Train. My words, opinions and smiles are completely my own.