A great place to start and finish your visit to Napa is with a picturesque vineyard tour on the historic Wine Train.
From its gorgeously outfitted interiors, calming music and black-tie service you’ll discover a pleasant setting of elegance, style, good manners and taste.
In the leisurely excursion from the city of Napa north to St. Helena and back again, travelers are treated to well-prepared food, fine service, elegant dinnerware and luxurious furniture.
For your dining experience meals are creatively conceived by Executive Chef Donald Young, and include Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, avocado, toasted sesame, fingerling potato chips, chile- white soy vinaigrette, Rosemary Rubbed Lamb Carpaccio, Arbequina olive oil, crispy shallots, aged parmesan, Honey-Fennel Cracked Mustard Glazed Pacific Salmon, Cabernet Braised Short Rib of Beef, Brown Butter Seared Corn Bread, butter milk Anglaise, caramel corn, blackberries as well as many other interesting and eclectic dining delights. Wide selections of wines from top Napa Valley wineries are offered, by the glass or bottle, at reasonable prices.
The 1915-era Pullman Cars provides a sense of history as guest travel with a nostalgic ambiance among the mahogany woodwork, brightly colored fabric on chairs and couches, velvet draperies, wool beige carpeting, brass fixtures, oval glass partitions etched with grapes and marble countertops in the restrooms.
After meals have been completed, dessert is served shortly after in their historic lounge car where passengers sit in plush, oversized swivel chairs or at tables for four.
Floating past some of the most famous vineyards in the world, passengers travel west of State Highway 29 at Trancas Street, they slowly chug north past Newlan, Trefethen and Lake Spring wineries before they arriving to Yountville, where Domaine Chandon is located.
The Wine Train now runs three times a day with several tours from Grgich Evening Estate, Raymond Vineyards, Quattro-Vino, the Vista Dome, Gourmet Express, Ambassador Winery Tour.
This holiday season visitors are invited to explore new tours such as the TGIM / Blue Note Express, Meet the Maker V. Sattui and an all-time favorite the Santa Train.
The lunch train departs from downtown Napa at 11:30 a.m. and returns at around 2:30 p.m. The dinner train departs at 6:30 p.m. and returns at around 9:30 p.m. The train depot is located at 1275 McKinstry Street in Napa, California. For reservations, call 800-WINE-TRAIN or visit www.winetrain.com.
About Doris Hobbs: A San Francisco based Luxury Spokesmodel, Image Consultant, Contributing Editor, Key-Note Speaker, and Diabetes Advocate, Doris Hobbs is a creative visionary, accomplished entrepreneur, and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building her brand. Named by Diablo Magazine as “Best of the East Bay” as well as featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, InStyle Magazine, and CBS television. Doris has become a prominent public figure for her sought-after approach to refashioning diabetes in luxury and glamour.