WINE TRAIN COLORADO

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THE COLORADO WINE TRAIN

Savor a relaxing summer evening in the Mystic San Luis Valley. Departing from Alamosa on select Fridays and Saturdays, our Colorado Wine Train offers seating in a dome or dining car and traditional white linen rail dining service with three carefully selected appetizer courses paired with exclusively Colorado wines. Our chef-inspired menu allows you to sample both whites and reds with a variety of delectable small plate offerings, ending on a sweet note.

This excursion is perfect for couples or foursomes, as well as large parties. You can choose to keep it casual or dress to a theme! Engage in conversation and walk around our vintage dome and art deco club cars while enjoying wine education and  music on your two-hour roundtrip rail journey.

Wine experts are on board to educate you about their offerings and answer your questions. Colorado’s mountain valleys have an ideal contrast of warm days and cool nights with enough humidity for the cultivation of wine grapes at some of the highest levels of elevation. Colorado wines consistently win top national awards for their quality.  There are over 160 wineries in Colorado.  We are currently serving the fine wines produced by Cottonwood Cellars.

Live music performances nightly by Jenni Mansfield Peal. A Song collector and award-winning songwriter, Peal shares swingy jazz, great Americana, funky old folk and her own crazy originals on guitar, mountain dulcimer, and accordion.

Advance reservations are required — we accept same-day reservations. The menu and wine vendors are expected to change periodically during the season, so you will have a reason to return! All guests must be 21 years of age or older and have valid ID.

WINE AND CHEESE TRAIN MENU

  • Chevron down FIRST COURSE
    • Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Capers Crostini
      • Suggested Wine Pairing: 2017 Chardonnay – Fermented Sur Lees method in new oak barrels with a light creamy bouquet of oak, apple, and pineapple. Flavors of apple, unripe pineapple and oak are laced with firm acidity and moderate tannin. It finishes medium-broad and medium-long with a lingering spicy oak flavor. Pairs well with a variety of foods, fish, chicken, cheeses etc…
    • Grape, Cheese and Fruit Tray
      • Suggested Wine Pairing: 2016 White Pinot Noir – Lovely blush color and slightly Off Dry. Very fruity with light peach taste. Goes well with cheddar cheese, spicy and Mexican food. One of our most popular wines last season and this. Will sell out this year. Very Popular!
    • Hummus and Pita Chips
      • Suggested Wine Pairing: 2016 White Pinot Noir – Lovely blush color and slightly Off Dry. Very fruity with light peach taste. Goes well with cheddar cheese, spicy and Mexican food. One of our most popular wines last season and this. Will sell out this year. Very Popular!

    Substitutions may be necessary depending on the availability of product(s).

  • Chevron down SECOND COURSE
    • Beef Tenderloin Crostini
      • Suggested Wine Pairing: 2015 Cabernet Franc – From Cottonwood Vineyard’s grapes, this wine would go well with Prime Rib or any red meat. It has ripe, smooth, soft, attractive aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, and black cherry plus hints of vanilla and smoke. All repeat as flavors which are light bodied, are not sweet and are accented with light tannin.
    • Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce
      • Suggested Wine Pairing: 2015 Lemberger – An Austrian varietal Lemberger, is rapidly becoming Colorado’s grape. A full-bodied dark dry red, this wine has lots of fruit up front (strawberry, cherry and peach), followed by an earthy note, fresh ground black pepper and light toasted oak. Light tannin astringency. Designed to go with pork, it is very versatile with food and works especially well with sausages and BBQ. Try with appetizers and light foods. Good for parties.
    • Ratatouille on Crostini
      • Suggested Wine Pairing:  2015 Lemberger – An Austrian varietal, Lemberger, is rapidly becoming Colorado’s grape. A full-bodied dark dry red, this wine has lots of fruit up front (strawberry, cherry and peach), followed by an earthy note, fresh ground black pepper and light toasted oak. Light tannin astringency. Designed to go with pork, it is very versatile with food and works especially well with sausages and BBQ. Try with appetizers and light foods. Good for parties.

    Substitutions may be necessary depending on the availability of product(s).

  • Chevron down THIRD COURSE
    • Cheesecake with fresh fruit
      • Suggested Wine Pairing: 2015 Gewürztraminer – Opens with a fruity bouquet joined by sweet pear and grapefruit. Flavors of apple, pear, grapefruit, and a hint of spice fill the mouth then finish broad and long. The sweetness is well balanced by bright acidity making it a very refreshing summer quaffer. Pairs well with German, Asian and spicy food, or nice to sip on a warm summer evening. The traditional “Turkey Wine” for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
    • Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Shavings
      • Suggested Wine Pairing: 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – This full bodied Cabernet has currant, raspberry, blackberry, cherry and light smoky oak on the nose, all of which repeat on the pallet, and finish intense. Color is rich and almost black. Well balanced and integrated, this cab is great with a fatty steak such as rib eye. Try with dark chocolate to lighten tannin.

    Substitutions may be necessary depending on the availability of product(s).