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Wow we had a blast

We headed out mid morning for Sonoma to visit with some friends then go camp. Some really nasty weather put a slight change in our plans but not until evening.

The drive to Sonoma was a breeze very little traffic

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We pulled up to Edgar and Jeanines house in Sonoma and headed downtown to the Sonoma Cheese Factory with Edgar. Jeanine was doing a Pouring of the wines she represents at the Cheese Factory. Ruth,Kozmo (our dog) Edgar and myself to a walk around the plaza.

The smell of the BBQ got me dooling
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Mid afternoon the monsoon hit...it literally poured from 4pm to well after midnight. We ended up parked for the night in front of our friends house rather than drive into the hills in the storm. So we did the only obvious thing, we drank more wine and Edgar invited the neighbors over to join in

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Sunday morning we awoke to temps outside in the low 40s with bright sunshine but nice and cozy inside our Lance. After a quick breakfast it was off to Napa and the wine train for a rolling luncheon

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We got there early and found a remote section of the lot to park
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Our train
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Inside the Pullman Dining Car. The meal was excellent. We started with a salad and drinks followed by the most incedible beef tenderloin, yukon gold potatos, and carmelized carrots and a most excellent dessert
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The views from the train
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the dessert and wine tasting car

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back at the station and our traveling home
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we finished the day here
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We are already planning our next trip to the Sierra Foothills around Jackson and Columbia


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Nice! Looks like you had a great time.


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When you go to Columbia, make sure you stay at the "49er RV Ranch". It's a great little RV park with great hospitality. Right in Columbia, just up the street from the State Park.


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Dawn would love that, it looks like it heads north for quite a ways till it comes to and end at the big winery, having paralleled Highway 29 all the way.

There are quite alot of little wineries along that route!

Looks like she runs north to Charles Krug Winery's property where the train uses switches to move around to the other end to pull it back (The tracks past the winery look like they're quite abandoned and mostly pulled up).


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Posted: 11/07/11 02:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ooooo - Wine train - that sounds good [emoticon]

I notice in the final picture you are starting to look a bit more, errr, tired [emoticon]

Looks like a great little trip.

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[emoticon] As Steve, "wine train" sound to me very good ! That is a very cool idea !! Nice trip, thanks


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Nice trip report love the pics see you on the road


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We took the wine train about 5 years ago and it was awesome. I think that for the price you pay, you get a pretty good idea of what Napa is about even though it's quick. Service was great, too!

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Posted: 11/07/11 10:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It looks like you folks really know how to have fun. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 11/07/11 10:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like the wine trail trip reports! This one with a twist: the wine train!

Excellent [emoticon]

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