Travel To The Napa Valley And Enjoy The Wine Train!

Napa Valley Wine Train - Year Round Fun! Ann Again and again Reviews
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

When Rob and I get a chance we hop a quick flight to visit our heaven on Earth – The Napa Valley. 10 years ago we discovered the glory of the Napa Valley and almost get giddy with each return.  It’s so-o-o beautiful and it’s lovely to take in the gorgeous surroundings, and history, while 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.

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We began our 3 hour trip enjoying a glass of Grgigh Hills Chardonnay.  While waiting for 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.  (While I was describing a wine as “sweet” the correct term is “fruit forward”.  Good to know ;-> )

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You will be steeped in Napa Valley history and surrounded by the glory of the valley while being educated on wine, wine/food pairings and meeting people from all over the world on the Napa Valley Wine Train.  You have your choice of enjoying a lovely lunch, or an elegant dinner.  Price packages range from $124.00 – $199.00 (per person) for a lunch package, dinner selections range from $124.00 – $199.00 per person.  Or, you can choose a dinner plus winery tour package with prices ranging from $179.00 – $234.00.

The experience of a 3 hour ride on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train through the heavenly valley, multi-course meals highlighted with delicious wines and wonderful conversations with new friends.  It was a vacation within a vacation!  Please visit the website http://winetrain.com/ to learn more and book your experience today.  Share that Ann – at Ann Again and again Reviews – recommended it!

 

(*Disclosure:  Our Napa Valley Wine Train experience was provided by management to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Napa Valley Wine Train – Year Round Fun!

Napa Valley Wine Train - Year Round Fun! Ann Again and again Reviews
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

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.

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 1

 

 

 

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 ;-> )

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 2

 

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.

Napa Valley Wine Train Santa
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

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.

Beer & Wine: Surprising Facts and Interesting Trends

Here’s a quiz for you…

What’s good for the heart, reduces risk of diseases and prevents sunburn?

Ready for the answer?  It’s wine!  I’ve heard about a glass of red wine being helpful to your heart but I didn’t know about the benefits of sunburn prevention.  Flavanoids in red wine have been found to stop the skin’s chemical reaction to excessive sun exposure.  There are health benefits from drinking beer too.  It’s been discovered that beer boosts vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid.  And it contains silicone that helps increase bone density.  Lovely!

Check out these facts and many more in the following infographic.  Cheers!  (Let’s see if you’re as surprised as I was to learn where the oldest winery was discovered.)

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(*This infographic was shared by permission from CompareCamp.com and FinancesOnline.com)

Ready For A Wine Party? Join The Mommy Juice Pool Party!

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I hope you’ll join me for a Twitter party to help support the latest release from Mommy Juice WinesMommy Juice Pool Party Pink

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Pool Party Hosted by MommyJuice Wines: Party Details

Ready to kick off summer in a way that doesn’t include hearing the phrase “Mom, I’m bored already”? Let’s have a pool party! But for this one you don’t need to be concerned how you look in a swimsuit. We will be chatting about all things fun and summer, while celebrating the release of MommyJuice’s first dry Rosé. We hope you’ll join us. (Bathing suits totally optional.)

  • Who: You, your friends, your friends’ friends
  • What: The MommyJuice Wines “Pool Party” on Twitter
  • When: Wednesday, June 12 at noon PDT
  • Where: On Twitter!
  • Follow: @Clever_Network, @MommyJuiceWines
  • Hashtag: #WinePoolParty
  • Prizes: Pool Party Gift Packs
  • RSVP here: http://clvr.li/mjPPPink

You could win a Pool Party Gift Pack like the one pictured here:

The Pool Party Pink is a light Rose and my taste buds pick up light not-too-sweet hints of raspberry, cherry and a bit of grapefruit. I’m not drawn to sweet wines and was very happy to discover the finish to be dry. This wine would be a great addition to a BBQ party. And check out the Mommy Juice To-Go cup! What a great design! My signature cup of the Summer!
I hope you join me for the Mommy Juice Twitter party. And I re-e-e-eally hope you win a prize pack!!!
(*I was selected by Clever Girls Collective to help promote the MommyJuice Wines Twitter Party. The tasty

opinions are truthfully my own).

FlipFlop Wine – Enjoy Moscato Tonight

Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to drink a sweet wine with out wincing from the sugary taste, I’m very happy to say that the vintner of FlipFlop has created a sweet, light-bodied wine that is a perfect accompaniment to the end of your day, Moscato.

Moscato is best served chilled. You can enjoy it alone or with some zesty hummus and pita chips.  If you would like to try FlipFlop Moscato with your meal, pair it with your favorite Asian dish, maybe a Pad Thai, or vegetable curry.  Oh, so delicious.

You can’t beat the price of this yummy wine at $7.00.  (I found FlipFlop on sale at my local Kroger/Fred Meyer for $5.99. Winning! Oh, is that saying over? I don’t always know with those things.)

If red is more your style try FlipFlop Moscato.  It has a medium-body, with light tannins.  It’s very berry tasting, how’s that for an honest observation!

Another reason I like the brand FlipFlop, is their participation in Soles4Souls, an organization raising awareness in the need for shoes for children in Africa and South East Asian countries.  There is a tremendous shoe drive happening!  Please find out more at www.giveshoes.org/flippingooddeeds.

If you are looking for a delicious wine to bring to a party, or enjoy in the comfort of your own home, try FlipFlop wine.

(*disclosure:  Im pleased to share my thoughts on FlipFlop due to receiving a gift of Moscato and Merlot.  If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t say I did.  My words/thoughts are truthful and honest.*)

FlipFlop Wine

My husband and I enjoy wine.  Absolutely and completely enjoy everything about it.  A few years ago we were lucky enough to vacation in the Napa Valley and partake in many Winery tours, learning about the complete wine production process.  Fantastic!  (My wildest dream is to live in the Valley and have a Winery of our very own.  Ahhhh…)

Recently I received some delightful wines for review and I would love to share what I’ve found with you, presenting flipflop Wine.

flipflop Pinot Grigio:

For those that enjoy a light, slightly fruity flavor, flipflip Pinot Grigio is perfect.  Serve this white slightly chilled, this way you taste the light fruit of peach and pear.  If this wine is chilled completely you run the risk of flattening the flavor and just tasting a slight sweetness, the distinction is gone.  flipflop Pinot Grigio is a perfect drink for warmer weather.

flipflop Chardonnay:

If you enjoy a light-bodied Chardonnay this is the one for you.  (If you are looking for an “oak-ey”, buttery taste this blend won’t cut it.)  I found flipflop Chardonnay to be a pleasant departure from the Pinot Gris due to it’s smoother hint of vanilla.  This blend had a medium texture that was a delightful drink.  Lovely.

flipflop Pinot Noir:

 
I was getting hits of cherry along with a slight cola taste.  How wild is that?  flipflop Pinot Noir was very fun and turned out to be our favorite – which is surprising since we live in prize winning Oregon – Pinot Noir country.  This is a red varietal so please serve this wine at room temperature to truly experience all the flavor the grape has to offer.

I would like to point out that the website for flipflop wine is a wonderful resource for wine pairings.  Please visit flipflopwine.com to help you choose which wine will go best with your meal.  So much fun.

Not only should you purchase flipflop wine for a wonderful wine experience, I encourage you to purchase flipflop wine due to their participation in a fantastic program – Soles4Souls.

 
For every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need.  Not only does this company produce delightful beverages they have a heart and use their gifts to give to others.  (For more information on Soles4Souls click here).

Due yourself a favor, pick up a bottle (or two) of flipflop wine and enjoy!  You not only will be helping yourself to relax (good for your health!) you will be helping those that are in desperate need. 

(*disclosure:  I was fortunate to receive flipflop wine for review.  My tasty opinions are truthful and my very own.  Cheers!*)