Raymond Vineyards Twilight Tour

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Overview

A JOURNEY OF THE SENSES

A tour of Raymond Vineyards is not just a tasting journey. From a luxurious stainless steel tank cellar to a living outdoor educational exhibit, it’s an experience you can see, feel, taste, and touch. Artful and elegant, whimsical and fun, this is a whole other world of discovery. Share an inside look into the evolution of five generations of winemaking in the Napa Valley. An unforgettable passage through a stunning landscape. And then share in some divine courses of your own. You’re in for a real treat.

Includes

  • 2-hour evening rail tour of Napa Valley
  • 4-course Napa style gourmet dinner 
  • Behind-the-scenes tastings and tour
  • Wine pairing onboard the Wine Train

For Groups of 10 or more submit an request or call 707.251.5210

Package Details

Your exclusive after-hours tour begins on board, as your host pours you a glass of the JCB #21 Brut sparkling to accompany your first course on the Wine Train: a tower of local cheeses and artisan charcuterie, tapenades, and crostinis. What a welcome!

At Raymond Vineyards, explore the winery from the inside out. First, a short tour of the Theater of Nature, to discover organic and Biodynamic farming. Learn about the interplay between the soil, the vines and other plants, animals, and the vineyards as a holistic system in harmony with the calendar and the moon. Does it make a difference? Let your taste buds decide!

Next stop, the Crystal Cellar. Just like a typical working cellar. Except for the gorgeous Baccarat chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and the extraordinary collection of historical crystal decanters. The Crystal Cellar showcases the vineyard’s finest wines, and for you, amidst the glow of the crystals and steel, and glass, a tasting of Raymond Vineyard’s Small Lot White Meritage and a tour. Then it’s off to the estate’s blending room to see a day in the life of a winemaker, learning the art of winemaking. Get a glimpse of the place where vineyard guests can experiment and blend their own red wine creations. And even take home a bottle of their own special blend.

After exploring these exquisite spaces, you’ll be escorted to the beautiful Sycamore Grove, where a two-course dinner awaits under the stars. First, local Petrale sole with estate sunchoke purée and herb salad with lemon caper brown butter, paired with Raymond Generations Chardonnay. Then, lemon thyme roasted hangar steak with wild mushrooms, marble potatoes, and foie gras bordelaise, accompanied by a limited production cabernet sauvignon from their District Collection. (Accommodations made for special dietary needs).

All good things must come to an end. We say good-bye to our friends at Raymond Vineyard with a taste of the 2015 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon (rated 98 points by Robert Parker). Sample something you’d like to have more of? Purchase wines to bring or have shipped home. We hope you saved room for dessert! Back on board the Wine Train, enjoy , with Sea Salt Caramel Panna Cotta, almond dragrees, dark chocolate sauce, Amarena cherries, with the 2XXX Napa Valley Wine Train Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The Winery

Extraordinarily lavish and extremely down to earth, all at the same time. Baccarat crystal at every turn. Leading biodynamic farming principles in practice. Raymond Vineyards is elegant. Whimsical. And very palatable. One of the Napa Valley’s pioneers and great estates, built on a foundation laid by the Raymond family in the 1870s, now carried on by Boisset Family Estates.

Time

Activity

5:15 p.m.

Guest arrival

5:45 p.m.

Train departs

6:45 p.m.

Arrive at Rutherford Station

6:55 p.m.

Depart Rutherford Station

7:00 p.m.

Arrive at Raymond Vineyards

9:00 p.m.

Depart Raymond Vineyards

10:15 p.m.

Train returns to McKinstry Street Station