The Napa Valley Wine Train, a memorable experience that evokes the spirit of luxury rail travel, announced a new Afternoon Tea Service that will feature three types of artfully crafted teas paired with a multi-course menu of classic accompaniments freshly prepared onboard by the train’s expert culinary team. Available to adults and guests 10 years old and up, every weekend in April and May of 2022, the three-hour journey will provide the perfect setting for relaxation, intimate conversations and sweeping views of Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards and scenery. Passengers can also purchase an elegant caviar course to enhance their experience aboard the historic train.
“We’ve created our new tea service as a perfect way to spend quality time with loved ones over a comforting cup of tea and flavorful treats in a luxury atmosphere,” said Nathan Davis, general manager of the Napa Valley Wine Train. “There is no better setting to transport guests to the glory days of afternoon tea than our train’s antique Pullman railcars, which have been beautifully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs.”
After everyone has been seated, the Afternoon Tea Service will begin with a welcoming glass of sparkling wine or sparkling cider for guests under 21 and a selection of delectable cheeses. Friendly team members will then usher a tea cart through the railcar to offer guests their first taste of tea, served in sets of classic, ornate cups. The second course will feature a demitasse portion of tasty soup and a refreshing side salad, followed by elevated risers adorned with finger sandwiches, warm scones and accompaniments, and strawberries with cream Chantilly. The service will conclude with petit fours and a selection of other signature miniature desserts.
The enhancement course, available for an additional $135 per two-top, will feature caviar and accoutrements, including house-made salted potato chips, mini blinis, finely diced egg yolk and whites, green vibrant scallions, and crème fraiche. Along with the tea service, the Napa Valley Wine Train will offer a selection of more than 40 primarily local wines available for purchase, including wine flights, as well as a full range of non-alcoholic refreshments.
Check-in for the Afternoon Tea Service will begin at 10:30 a.m., and boarding will start at
11 a.m. The train will depart from its Downtown Napa station at 11:30 a.m. for the 36-mile journey to St. Helena and return at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $165 per person.
For reservations and more information, guests can call (800) 427-4124 or visit www.winetrain.com/events/afternoon-tea/.