Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wine Train Set to Begin!

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 wine making 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 it’s “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.

Napa-Valley-Wine-Train travel though lush countryside drinking in the wines

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.

Napa-Valley-Wine-Train-Silverado-Car an elegant experience.

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!

 

 

Mumm Napa Wines

Mumm Napa Valley Winery perfect sparkling wines from a traditional method of production

 

Read a nice blog review on Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, thought he made it sound interesting so bought myself some and really enjoyed it. I decided to pay the winery a visit not having been to Napa for a while I thought I would take a couple of days break there. Once I said I was going to friends, it sort of snowballed with it ending up 8 of us going. I booked us all on a tour of the winery at $25 including a tasting not too bad a price I also booked for further tasting on the terrace, which went down very well, as did the two bottles of sparkling we drank. The tour included a vist to the Fine Art Gallery housed at the winery and we were lucky enough to be there for the Nash exhibition of photographs. Graham Nash, founding member of Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Hollies is a world renowned photographer. Nash says of his photography, ““I sense the very same energy in photography that I find in music . . . conveying what is so difficult to put into words.” They were certainly interesting viewing, well worth a visit to see that alone, the exhibit is on until Aril 2015.
I would recommend that you visit this pleasant winery with its proud connection to French Champagne. Throughout its history here in Napa Valley it has adhered to traditional growing method and production to provide the superb sparkling wines you can buy today.

Selection of the excellent wines you can find at Mumm Napa Winery

Location, location

California wine country is located in Northern California, primarily in the region’s valleys between the mountains and the Pacific Coast to the West. Wine in the region has been produced since the mid-19th century and its quality has grown to award-winning status. The region as a whole houses more than 1,200 wineries.

Map of California's wine regions

Map of California’s wine regions

At present, Napa Valley has over 400 wineries, whereas in 1974 the grape farming region only had 25 wineries. Sonoma, located just to the West of Napa Valley is second to Napa as a wine producer. History shows that grapes were planted in Sonoma as early as 1812. Close to 75 percent of the region’s agricultural production is from its grapes.

In 2004, close to 150,00 tonnes of grapes were harvested in Sonoma, accounting in $310 million. Since then, the number has nearly doubled.

A region that falls outside of Norther California’s wine regions is Temecula. This suburb, located just outside of San Diego is also known for its wines. This region also has award-winning wines including bold, red wines such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Although this region produces less wine that the northern part of California, in the 19th century Temecula was the state’s top producing area. Today, Temecula has less than 50 producers.