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1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA | Directions 9455938.302383 -122.283626
Lunch Trains Every Day: 10:20am - 2:30pm; Fri & Sat Dinner Trains: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Office Open 7:00am - 7:00pm Every Day
Romantic Wine Dinner – We went years ago just to try the monthly appellation dinner. It was delicious! The appellation dinners are held once a month only and each course is paired with a specific wine from the region that is being showcased for that month. We were there for the Washington State wines dinner and had a blast.
The dinner was fabulous as was the service and the wines just went perfectly with all the chosen courses. We went back a few years later (during our honeymoon) and were a little disappointed. This time we went for the Sicilian Wine Appellation Dinner. The wines were a lot drier than we were used to...not only that but we were seated with another couple at a table for 4. Talk about awkward! There was nothing wrong with these people....we just had nothing in common with them! Make sure that you ask for a table for 2 if you want to be seated by yourselves.
Food and ambience kinda cheesy – We arrived at the Wine Train expecting a clean and pleasurable experience. We found the station to be a dowdy and unattractive building located in the industrial area of Napa City. We had been told earlier by a brusque wine train employee named Erica that the station was "State of the art" This was clearly not the case. The train did pass by some nice areas "upvalley" , but I found the cuisine overpriced and the train cars slightly dingy. When I called up "Erica" after the experience in order to help her improve customer experience, she was rude and told me she was "too busy" to deal with "people who look for problems" I wish the wine train well, but we will not be recommending the train to our friends or clients until changes are made for the better
Very Relaxing – It was very relaxing on the Wine Train. You can get a half-glass of wine for just $5, which is a pretty good deal to me, considering the price of the bottle doesnt matter. Also, the food is great, but a little too pricey for being a small amount. While on the train, the toilet was broken, and urine was floating around in the toilet, since no one could flush the toilet.
Otherwise, I think it was fun and relaxing, and I would recommend this to you, whether you drink wine or not.
Sample the Valley's vintages and dine on gourmet fare while sweeping past fields of vines and renowned wineries between Napa and St. Helena. – The Scene
The journey begins in a dignified lounge car, where cushy swivel chairs face curtained windows that frame fabulous views of well-known wineries, rows of vines and surrounding hills. Polished mahogany, brass accents and spinning fans overhead re-create a genteel era. As the train chugs along, guests are free to mill about and sample wine (for a fee) in the tasting car. Meals are served in a 1917 Pullman dining car.
Passengers choose from champagne brunch, gourmet lunch, dinner, or casual fare in the cowboy-themed Silverado car. Lunch begins with a palate-pleasing appetizer including olives, cheese and smoked salmon. Next up, a refreshing spinach salad with candied walnuts and goat cheese in vinaigrette, or creamy tomato-basil soup. Entrees disappoint; a bland filet, piled with mushrooms, gets lost in a pungent red wine-shallot reduction, and moist, pork tenderloin is overpowered by a brandy mushroom glaze. Rich desserts include crème brule and a dense chocolate nut tart.
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