Napa Valley Wine Train
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The Napa Valley Wine Train is touted as one of the nicest little rail journeys you can take through the wine country of northern California. And they offer a fine variety of gourmet meals
Well, having never taken much of a train ride before, but interested in learning about and sampling some good wine and maybe even a gourmet meal we made reservations.
Being part of a much larger vacation, this was just an afternoon adventure for us. And because it was way too early for dinner, or the multi-course gourmet meal in the special car, we decided to take the open car and just do the lunch style meal.
So reservations were made well in advance and we have even seen the menu. So we are ready when we get there.
At the terminal in Napa all of the passengers are gathered for a half hour of informative lecture and wine sampling. Then out to the train and boarding. We find our seats and off the train goes. A nineteen-fifties style diesel locomotive and several cars.
Soon the waiter comes to take our order of Bison burgers, something we had never tried. We ordered it medium rare. When it was served the meat was so well done that it could have been cardboard. No taste at all. And what made it worse is that the condiments, which we had to ask for, were small packets. Meat, a bun, a single leaf of lettuce, and a very small side pot of baked beans was the meal. Needless to say, we were more than disappointed with the gourmet meal.
The train ride ran along the main road north for about 30 miles. There were a few nice homes, wineries, miles of grape vines with cars running along with us. Not too spectacular.
At the northern end of the route we stopped. We were not allowed to get off. We just waited for over a half hour for the engine to do a run-around and connect to the other end of the train. Then off we went back down to Napa.