The fun began in a packed room at the Train Station with the daughter of the Grgich winery giving an enthusiastic history of her father’s beginning in Croatia to eventually studying with Mondavi in California and then establishing his own winery and winning the 1973 Paris Judgement! 2 tastings of their wine were efficiently distributed to a full room. The train is well-organized with reserved seating in padded chairs looking out windows for an appetizer and then moving to a comfortable dining car for the remainder of the meal. Although billed as a lunch, the gourmet meal had dinner portions. The selections for lunch were varied and presented and prepared exceptionally well. They seated us on the opposite side of the train for a different view on the way back from St. Helena. Friendly staff. We wished more of a history of wine, wine-making and other vineyards would have been available as part of the package during the train ride. Extra wine, even though wonderfully paired with meal choices, can significantly increase the cost for the 4 hour experience.
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