July 2, 2018
Tasting & Learning
Food and wine go together like nothing else. Whether it’s a glass at home with some charcuterie, or a five-course meal paired to perfection, a great wine is made even better with good food. Take our fun quiz below to find the best Napa Valley Wine Train dining experience to suit your palate and start planning your vacation to California’s legendary wine country.
1. Choose a book to read while you ride:
a) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
b) Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
c) Sideways by Rex Pickett
d) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
e) Bottle Shock by Frederic P. Miller
2. What’s your most productive time of day?
a) The earlier, the better
b) I love lunchtime
c) I’m good any time of day
d) I’m a total night owl
e) I get inspired by evening sunsets
3. Choose an indulgent dinner
a) Pan Seared Pacific Halibut
b) Wild Mushroom Gemelli Pasta
c) Honey-fennel cracked mustard glazed Pacific salmon
d) Sliced Roasted Beef Tenderloin
e) Lemon Thyme Roasted Chicken
4. Choose a classic cocktail
a) French 75
d) Bloody Mary
e) Old Fashioned
5. Pick your favorite food quote
a) “People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child
b) “People want honest, flavorful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.” – Ted Allen
c) “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him - the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Caesar Chavez
d) “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
e) “You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it with somebody who understands that kind of food.” – Kurt Vonnegut
6. Which California food festival would you attend?
a) Taste of Yosemite
b) James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour
c) Pebble Beach Food & Wine
d) Gilroy Garlic Festival
e) The Sustainable Wine Dinner Series
7. Which culinary destination is on your bucket list?
a) Vancouver, Canada
b) Bologna, Italy
c) Nice, France
d) Lima, Peru
e) Zadar, Croatia
8. What’s your ideal date night?
a) Taking a stroll through a beautiful park
b) Reservations at a trendy restaurant
c) Art gallery opening
d) Room escape challenge
e) Sunset cruise
9. Where would you love to live?
a) Swiss chalet
b) San Francisco townhouse
c) French chateau
d) Tuscan villa
e) Greek beach house
10. We can’t forget about wine! What’s your go-to?
b) Cabernet Sauvignon
d) Pinot Noir
e) Sauvignon Blanc
If you answered mostly A’s
You love being surrounded by nature, but still have a taste or the finer things in life. One of our most celebrated, sought-after tours, our Vista Dome dining journey allows you to see the lush Napa Valley from every angle. This exclusive dining experience takes you to new heights aboard a two-story observation-style dining car with plush booths, rich mahogany paneling, and an exquisite menu.
If you answered mostly B’s
A true gourmand, you love any adventure of the epicurean variety. Get on board our decadent Gourmet Express dining journey and experience the golden age of rail travel, paired with a delicious menu foodies can’t help but fall for. Discover the sunny Napa Valley over lunch, or for a romantic outing, take our dinner journey for spectacular sunsets and twinkling starry skies.
If you answered mostly C’s
Tradition, family, and heritage are all things you value. Our Quattro Vino tours take you behind the scenes of the region’s most celebrated wineries, all with an unmistakable air of elegance. Choose from one of four distinctive tours that explore the lasting legacy and the art of winemaking and savor a sumptuous four-course meal served between each stop.
If you answered mostly D’s
You’re inquisitive, love a challenge, and have a little flair for the dramatic. That makes our Murder Mystery tour perfect for you! Dress in your semi-formal best (or really get into character in attire from 1915), and solve a sizzling whodunit while you enjoy three gourmet courses of fine California cuisine.
If you answered mostly E's
You hate to settle for anything cookie-cutter. Unique experiences are what you crave, and that’s exactly what you’ll get on the Grgich Hills Estate Twilight Tour. Get the VIP treatment on this after-hours tour at the winery of a Napa Valley Legend, where you and an intimate group of fellow enophiles will have the place to yourselves. Plus, you’ll be treated to a four-course gourmet dinner both on the train and one the winery’s scenic patio.