This was a special event for Fathers' Day. A package steam train ride from Port Alberni to the Chase & Warren Winery and return. We were met at the Port Alberni train station by the winery owner, enjoyed a 20 minute ride through the rural areas and upon arrival met again by the owner and staff, ushered through the vineyard, and down to an area set aside for tasting and appetizers.
Although we found the wines to be a bit immature (there is potential here) the Germanic-styled whites were by far the most palatable. Each of the seven or eight wines we tasted was paired with a special appetizer. Meanwhile the owner regailed the group with local tales and detailed information about wine and grape growing.
I would recommend this activity to anyone interested in local culture. The next time we will take the train all the way to the steam sawmill and perhaps stop in at the winery on the way back.
Very well organized!
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