Sunday morning we left San Rafael and made our way to Napa to board the wine train. We opted for the lunch tour, which departs at 11am sharp. Boarding starts at 10:30, and there are various options available, including lunch and de-training and touring Grgich Hills Estate. Grgich used to be the wine maker at Chateau Montelena where he helped craft the Chardonnay that won the Judgement of Paris in 1976.
We went for the Gourmet Express option, which was in a 1915 Pullman dining car, and we had lunch going up to Saint Helena, then in the lounge car for dessert going back to Napa. In all, the journey is 3 hours, and we were assigned a table on the left side for lunch and then the right side for dessert. The journey is through the historical industrial district of Napa, and once out of Napa, the train rolls by a number of vineyards. The Wine Train provides a map of the journey with the major wineries included on the map.
For food, I had the baby lettuce salad, grilled breast of chicken, and then the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Our wine during lunch was a complimentary glass when we came on board, and we ordered a Sangiovese from Castello di Amorosa. No picture of the chocolate cake since I ate it without thinking of taking a picture.
After arriving back in Napa, we got in the car and headed up to Geyserville for the next two days. The train ride was a complete splurge but was very enjoyable.