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Napa Valley Wine Train...please comment


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Napa Valley Wine Train...please comment

Shane Greenwood | Aug 3, 2010 08:49 AM

I'm curious to hear the Hounds comment on the NVWT. What are your experiences with them as a customer or in the biz? I recently tried them and had a disappointing experience. My biggest issue was a lack of seasonal, local, fresh ingredients. Also, the whole evening was oddly lacking in a connection to wine country. There was no information about the valley or wineries, and no connection through the food. Except for the view out the window, this could have been a train anywhere in the US.

First course: cold plate with table grapes, cube of cheddar, chicken rillette (dry), two shrimp, slice of unripe tomato, sliver of dried ham, toast points. A mish-mash of ingredients.

Salad: mixed greens, perfectly dressed in light vin. Best part of meal.

Entree: bread rolls were basic and reminded me of store bought. Mains were old- fashioned banquet plates. Thick sauces over hunks of meat with some veggies tucked on the side of the plate. A sweet Demi glacé sauce on my pork was okay for what it was but really out of date, and a yam stuffed gypsy pepper was off and disconnected. Wife's tenderloin was cooked perfectly but lacking much flavor, asparagus side was just okay but out of season.

Desserts: an epic fail. Chocolate cake was a dense and sugary mess. Someone should be punished for the creme brûlée. Cold pudding with a refrigerated brûlée top. Made earlier in the day most likely.

Can't comment in wine because we brought our own. I think that was smart though.

What are your experiences? I yelped about this and they wrote back to say I am wrong. Does anyone here know where they get the food? Ever work on the train? For the prices they charge and the area they are trying to represent, I think they should live up to a higher standard.

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