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"Food and Wine Access" Reviews Wine Train
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Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access
Photo by Michael Reiss
Whether it's your first time in Napa or you are a regular wine country visitor, a local, or from a far away land, The Napa Valley Wine Train will enchant you.
Imagine the romance and luxury of touring this stellar terrain while sipping Napa's finest wines and enjoying the Cal- Med cuisine of Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald.
Whatever the season, rain or shine, whatever the reason, The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the most unique and affordable ways to experience this magical valley.
The Napa Valley Wine Train provides beautifully restored 1915 vintage train cars where guests can experience a memorable gourmet meal. Photo by Michael Reiss
The period decor---unique to each of the original 1915 train cars--- provides the plush ambiance to enjoy the scenic surroundings, as you slowly chug your way from Napa to St. Helena and back.
The leisurely, multi-course meal is deftly prepared by Chef Macdonald's team in the challenging confines of the galley with its glassed-in kitchen, perfect for observation by the culinarily curious.
Before dessert, you are invited to stroll through each car marveling at the comfort of the Pullman Lounge Car inviting entry to sit and sip, as the view of the vineyards beckons your senses. Walk all the way through the train and pop out to the open air deck to savor the sights, smells and sounds en plein air. Spend a spell sipping in the tasting car where a large array of wines can be compared and contrasted at leisure.
The Vista Dome Car on the Napa Valley Wine Train provides unparalleled views of the beautiful Napa Valley Photo by Michael Reiss
>p>For a special treat, book passage in the Vista Dome Car perched above the rest of the train. On offer ---for a small premium--- is unparalleled viewing, a champagne toast, a four course meal served by entertaining and knowledgeable wait staff cum guides who delight by pointing out the tidbits and highlights that make this valley so renowned.
On the Napa Valley Wine Train the Vista Dome Car includes a glass of Napa Valley sparkling wine along with a four course gourmet meal. Photo by Michael Reiss
As the train pulls back to the station, smiles of pleasure mix with bittersweet sighs of regret that this memorable journey is ending.
Reserve your seats now, all aboard, the Napa Valley Wine Train will be departing again soon, this time with you on board!
On the Napa Valley Wine Train guests can enjoy the wonders of the Napa Valley in the fresh air. Photo by Michael Reiss