Tasting Notes

overhead shot of dinner table for four on the Napa Valley Wine Train featuring gourmet dishes, wine, and bread

Napa Valley Wine Train's Blog

Welcome to Tasting Notes, where you’ll get to sample the history of the Napa Valley, the stories of our award-winning vineyards, and  learn more about our one-of-a-kind tours. Sip on wine information, savor insider tips, and devour all you’ll need to know to plan a memorable Napa Valley vacation. 

View of the Grgich Hills Winery

What To Do In Rutherford

December 20, 2021
History & Culture

Known for its unique terroir and famous cabernet sauvignon, Rutherford is an enchanting town surrounded by scenic countryside. It’s also home to many incredible restaurants and wineries that are not to be missed. So if you’re looking for an authentic adventure with a rustic yet refined vibe, Rutherford is the place to delve into.

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table with dinner for two on Napa Valley Wine Train with white wine, white fish dinner overlooking vineyards

All About Chardonnay

December 20, 2021
Tasting & Learning

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A collection of holiday ornaments laid out on a table in the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Napa Valley Wine Train Holiday Gift Guide

December 14, 2021
Tasting & Learning

Check out our Napa Valley Gift Guide, and find the perfect special something for everyone on your nice list this year.

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rose wine glasses on a wooden table at garden

Wine Cocktails

March 27, 2020
Tasting & Learning

Here are some classic wine cocktails to try, and some classic Napa Valley wines to make them with.

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Featured Experiences

Photo of champagne vista dome train car which has floor to ceiling windows, velvet red seats, white table cloths on tables, a wine and champagne glass at each seat, and purple orchids on the tables. Outside the traincar is lush green vineyards.

Vista Dome


  • 3-hour train lunch journey, departing at 11:30 a.m.
  • 2-hour train dinner journey, departing at 6:20 p.m.
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine 
  • Multiple course gourmet meal

Experience An Icon in the Valley

Taste the wine that put Napa Valley on the map. Experience our legendary tour and tasting at Grgich Hills Estate. Book now to enjoy a spectacular gourmet lunch and memorable visit to one of the Valley’s most celebrated wineries.