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Monday, March 26, 2018

All Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train: Experiencing the Ambassador Winery Tour

Doing something a little different today! Usually, you'd see an outfit post on Monday. But I did something really fun this weekend that I just couldn't wait to share with you muses. This week, the hubs' mom and aunt are visiting (not sure why they'd leave the sunshine in Florida for the rain in Cali), and we spent the last couple of days in wine country. I really wanted them to experience wine country in a unique way, so we did a tour on the Napa Valley Wine Train.

What Is the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train offers full service dining on board an antique train that runs on 25 miles of track through the heart of Napa Valley. While seated in exquisitely restored vintage rail cars, you get to experience multiple course meals and fine wine on the inside, while enjoying the rolling hills of wine country on the outside.

Dining Journeys

The Napa Valley Wine Train offers various dining journeys. You can have an elegant experience in the beautiful Vista Dome or even get your Agatha Christie on with a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Since we only had one day to work with, we did one of their day trip tours: the Ambassador Wine Tour.

Ambassador Winery Tour

If you're looking to fill up a day in wine country, then you must check out one of the day tours offered by the Napa Valley Wine Train. They have a castle tour that takes you to Castello di Amorosa (I went there my first time in Napa); a tour that takes you to Raymond Vineyards; a Grgich Hills Estate tour that focuses on chardonnay; and the Ambassador Winery Tour.
This tour gives you a traditional wine experience by taking you to exclusive tastings at both Raymond Vineyards and the oldest winery in Napa Valley -- Charles Krug Winery. The Charles Krug Winery had a lot of great history, but I wouldn't say that it's very memorable. But Raymond Vineyards was wonderful and had a very eco-friendly vibe. Our tour guide, Moss, showed us around the vineyards, which included an area for dogs to play, a goat and chicken section, and even an albino peacock. This winery is also where you can find John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's wine brand LVE: Legend Vineyard Exclusive. We were able to taste their Chardonnay, which was delightful. We even bought it!

What We Loved

The Ambassador Winery Tour started around 11 a.m. and ended around 4 p.m. Some of our favorite moments from the tour included the complimentary welcome glass of champagne when you first arrive on the train. We also upgraded our seats to the Vista Dome that gave us beautiful views of Napa Valley. And we also loved our tour guide, Tasha, and our time at Raymond Vineyards. Here's a list of what the tour offered:
  • Welcome taste of champagne
  • Lunch that included an appetizer, soup, salad, entree and dessert
    • Dishes include duck confit, pumpkin soup, gemelli pasta, wine pairings and more
  • An hour at Charles Krug Winery
  • An hour at Raymond Vineyards
If you're in the Bay Area or plan to visit wine country in California some time soon, then add the Napa Valley Wine Train to your list. There's no better way to experience wine country. Cheers!

Napa Valley Wine Train
Reservations: 800.427.4124
1275 McKinstry Street
Napa, CA 94559

This post is in collaboration with Napa Valley Wine Train. All opinions are my own.


  1. this sounds so fun, I still need to visit Napa. I cannot wait!


  2. That looks like a lot of fun and something very different to do.

  3. You gave them a fabulous weekend! The wine train is amazing and there is so much to see on the tour!! Love this post!


  4. Now this is something I need to do! It sounds like you had an amazing time on the wine train:) Thank you for sharing!!

    xoxo, Hannah

  5. This looks like so much fun! Adding it to my bucket list!

  6. This looks like so much fun! I didn't even know there was a train like this! Definitely putting this on my travel bucket list!

  7. This sounds fun and relaxing too! I am glad you had a good time. :)

  8. i've heard of this train but hadn't seen any posts about it. i'm totally going back to experience this!

  9. This looks like so much fun ... I had not heard of the train but if I drank wine I would totally go on it.


  10. So informational and looks like a blast!!

  11. I had no idea such a thing existed for Napa Valley but I love it! I think it is great way to explore Napa. Definitely going to keep this in mind!

  12. This looks like such terrific way to explore Napa Valley! My husband and I don't even drink but we'd be down for it.

  13. This tour sounds great, Cheryl! My younger sis and her hubby did something like this down there in the US but can't remember now if it's in Napa Valley. It sounded something like this though, and she said it was such a fab experience as well:)
    PS That wall of hands is kinda freaking me out a bit though coz it reminds me of that scene from Labyrinth:P

  14. This sounds so amazing, Definitely need to plan a visit with the hubby sometime!

    cute & little

  15. This sounds like such a cool experience! SO jealous!

  16. I would surely leave Florida to jump on that train. The scenery must have been one of a kind and looks like good Fun.

  17. This looks like such a great idea and lots of fun!

  18. Sold, adding to my travel bucket list. Good food, good wine, and a train ride, all good!

  19. This looks so fun! My fiancé and I have been talking about how we need to do a train trip soon -- maybe this will be it.

  20. This sounds absolutely amazing! I need to get back to Napa soon.

  21. It definitely sounds like a lovely tour especially when you're with family or friends. I love that they have everything covered, all you pretty much need to do is show up. It's definitely worth experiencing!

  22. I've always wanted to go to Napa and do a wine tour. It all looks so fun!


  23. This looks so much fun! Read a lot of good things about Napa, especially the wine train. I'll definitely put this on my bucket list!

    Jessica |

  24. What a super fun way to see wine country!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  25. Omg. This looks so amazing! I would do this in a heartbeat, mainly because I love wine and Napa stole my heart! My husband and I are actually considering a Napa Wine tour!!

  26. Sounds like an amazing trip!! Saving this post!!


  27. OMG THIS IS AMAZING! I WANT TO DO THIS!! What a cool experience.


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