On Saturday I had the pleasure of going – for the first time – on The Napa Valley Wine Train. For those of you who don’t know what that is here’s a link to their website, but in short it’s a beautiful restored train that takes it’s passengers on a 36-mile round-trip journey from Napa to St. Helena. They offer many packages, but I was fortunate enough to be invited to their Vintner’s Lunch event with Kenzo Estate. We (myself and my friend who invited me) got to enjoy the ride in the Vista Dome car, which is two-stories and has glass windows all around to provide a wonderful view. During our two-and-a-half hour ride we were served a wonderful fixed three course meal prepared by Executive Chef Kelly Macdonal, which he specifically crafted for pairing with the three Kenzo wines we tasted: Asatsuyu, Rindo Red, and Ai. I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience this.
This was our first course, which consisted of Asatsuyu Sauvignon Blanc paired with Dayboat Scallop on Gravlax Cracker with Avocado, Local Caviar and Salmon Roe.
Here is our second course; Rindo Red Blend paired with Crackling Mustard Seared Duck Breast with a Mango and Red Onion Marmalade Beurre Blanc.
And for our third course we tasted the Ai Cabernet Sauvignon (my favorite out of the three) paired with Petite Filet on Serrano Ham with Wood Oven Roasted Dry Figs and Red Pepper Puree.
Lastly, the dessert! Freshly prepared Chartreuse Mousse in an Edible Bowl with Sun Dried Raspberries and Caramel Sauce…Delish!!
The food, wine, company, and overall experience was amazing and I encourage everyone who has a chance to take a ride on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train.
I hope you all had a wonderful first weekend in the New Year, as always thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all soon!
*I am in no way affiliated with The Napa Valley Wine Train. All opinions are my own*