Before getting on the train, travelers are treated to a wine tasting in the depot.
Two wines are enjoyed with some guidance about the look, smell, and taste sequence for best wine evaluation.
On the way to the train, travelers have an opportunity to have their photos taken in an appropriate setting.
The train goes by several wineries on the way from Napa to St. Helena and the return. This is Robert Modavi Winery.
For the sequence of dining followed by a winery tour, the train trip starts in one of the three dining cars. After an excellent meal, the group retires to one of the lounge cars for an equally delightful dessert.
Not a bad way for our son to celebrate his birthday.
The last lounge car even has a platform where one can stand to view the neighborhood going by.
When the train arrives at the winery giving the tour, Domain Chandon in this case, those on the tour disembark.
A tour guide (blue shirt) introduces us to the winery, followed by viewing a short video introducing the products and the winemakers.
Outside, we are introduced to the vines and grapes used by this winery.
Domain Chandon, known for its sparkling wines, also has still wine products. This is where the still wine is aged in oak barrels.
Domain Chandon also has a non-oak-aged still wine product. This is popular for some mixed wine drinks where the oak-related taste is not wanted, among other destinations.
Tasting wines for the tour group is done outside under the trees. Participants get to keep the champaigne flute glasses.
Returning to the train depot is a short, comfortable bus ride from the winery.