During these lunches, guests leave all of the decisions up to the masters and indulge in Chef’s taste sensations, as they journey through the wines of the day. These menus are put together for one day only, which means the lunch’s delectable food and wine fusion will never be repeated.
Each Vintner’s Lunch takes place in the Wine Train’s elevated 1952 Vista Dome Car. This exclusive, VIP-style car gives patrons an unparalleled view of the Valley. The lunch’s specially designed menu is prepared fresh on board in the Vista Dome’s kitchen, which is located on the first story of the car.
Get up close and personal to both Chef Kelly and the guest vintner.
2011 Vintner’s Lunch Line-Up
Artesa Vineyards and Winery (July 8, 2011) Artesa takes its name from the Catalan word for handcrafted and focuses on traditional Napa Valley varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Winemaker, Mark Beringer, will ride with guests and showcase the ultra premium, small lot wines of Artesa.
Dick Vermeil & Vermeil Wines (July 22, 2011) Former NFL Coach and Calistoga native Dick Vermeil, will ride the train to swap stories, sign bottles and discuss the delicious Vermeil Wines.
Domaine Carneros (July 29, 2011) Domaine Carneros, one of Napa’s most prominent sparkling wineries, is the quintessential California expression of French Champagne.
Join Domaine Carneros’s Zak Miller to experience the sparkling side of Napa.
Benessere Vineyards (Aug 5, 2011) Benessere means “well-being”
Markham Vineyards (Aug 12, 2011) Markham Vineyards is the fourth oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. Learn from generations of wine making experience from their winemaker, Kimberlee Nicholls.
Raymond Vineyards (Sept 9, 2011) Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond Vineyard’s President and friend of the Wine Train, along with director of winemaking, Stephanie Putnam, ride the train and discuss their biodynamic winery.
ZD Wines (Oct 7, 2011) ZD Wines is a family owned and operated winery that has been around since 1969. They are dedicated to producing delicious wines in an environmentally fashion. They have been certified organic for over a decade, and are a solar powered winery.
Judd’s Hill (Oct. 21, 2011) "Having a good time making great wine with family" is Judd’s Hill’s motto! Beginning as garage winemakers, the Finkelstein family has been producing legendary wines in the Napa Valley since the 1970s, when they created Whitehall Lane Winery. Now, Judd Finkelstein and his wife Holly, continue to hand-craft ultra-premium wines in the same heartfelt and intimate style embraced by his parents over thirty years ago
Train fare, gourmet multiple course meal, paired wines and welcome glass of sparkling wine included: $159
Melodie Hilton, Napa Valley Wine Train (707) 251-5210
Images available upon request
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The Napa Valley Wine Train is a one of Napa’s most distinctive restaurants. Enjoy wine tours, wine tasting and great dining aboard meticulously restored antique rail cars during a leisurely 3-hour journey through the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley.