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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Red wine swishing inside a glass, vineyard in background

The History of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa

November 29, 2019
History & Culture Tasting & Learning

The history of what has become one of Napa’s signature wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s history, and how some of the world’s favorite “Cab Sauvs” came to be produced right here in Napa Valley.

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Rolling hills at Raymond vineyard in Napa Valley

Estate of Affairs: The Napa Valley Wine Train Estate Tour

November 4, 2019
History & Culture Tasting & Learning

Discover the winemaking traditions that make California grapes sing on our impressive Estate Tour.

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An underground wine cellar in Napa Valley lined with wooden barrels, and table of wine bottles to the left

Haunted Napa

October 11, 2019
History & Culture

Have you ever seen something in the shadows or felt a paranormal presence while exploring one of Napa's historic cellars? Depending on what you believe, it could just be a trick of the imagination...or it could be the ghosts of California’s winemakers and former residents hanging around for a haunting.

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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.