Anyone that follows the Napa Valley Wine journey knows know of this amazing train experience.
With the Super Bowl this year being held in Santa Clara in February, the area is capitalizing on the tremendous amount of press, tourists, and attention to our area of the world with winemaking and a culture defined by that, we are so proud of.
One of the things you can do is hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train, it recently kicked off its “Championship Wine Flight” that is tying NFL greats who founded wineries themselves. I’ve heard Dick Vermeil, Rick Mirer, Charles Woodson, are some of the NFL stars who have wineries you can visit on this unique football inspired wine train.
A view from inside “The Wine Train”
There will be lunch and dinner trains with affordable ticket prices for those interested. The prices are reasonable for the experience, so please look at the menu thoroughly and appreciate what all you gain from this journey.
Even for those of who most of the public consider wine snobs, I have to recommend this train experience! It’s just awesome! Every friend that comes to visit me from the UK I make sure they spend an afternoon the train.
It takes you back to another era, with the dining cars and meals brought to you as travel across the country side. A full restaurant experience complete with every great local wine known imaginable. This 25 mile journey in the heart of Napa Valley is a must for tourists!
Please check into their main site “Napa Valley Wine Train” to see how to book, the menu, and make a reservation. You won’t be disappointed!
When most people think of California wine country they just think of Napa, which is indeed the most well-known region for wine in California. However, I’ve come to learn that Paso Robles is another up and coming wine region in the golden state. According to Huffington Post it is more laid-back, less expensive and somewhat cooler. I would say I have to agree with Huffington Post on that one. Paso Robles is a small town of 30,000 inhabitants located about 5 hours south of Napa Valley in the Central Coast part of California. It is in between San Francisco and Los Angeles. I decided to take a little detour and explore the region a little bit while on a road trip down the well-known Pacific Coast Highway heading to LA.
Paso Robles has more than 200 wineries which are mainly smaller and family-owned wineries and vineyards. While visiting Paso Robles I had the opportunity to try different wines from a variety of 40 different wine grapes. However, as I didn’t want to go overboard I decided to only try out a few on this adventure!
I started by heading to Le Vigne Winery where they are known for their French and Italian grape wines including 30 different varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard was stunning and I was treated very well by the people serving me the excellent wine. I definitely got that family feel while being warmly welcomed during my visit. As I didn’t have much time to make a stop-over in Paso Robles I decided to check out one more vineyard. On my way out of town heading back towards the coast I decided to visit Derby Wine Estates. Also a family run business I was impressed with the high quality of their wines that I got to taste while enjoying the California sun on their tasting room patio.
Unfortunately it was only a quick stop over in the “more laid-back Napa.” But I can guarantee that I will be back soon! I would recommend Paso Robles to wine lovers of all sorts!