Photo credit: Rod Hanna

Photo credit: Rod Hanna

The “Toast of the Canyon” wine train wasn’t exactly what my family and I expected in a California wine train. But it was still fun to take a short, themed train ride through the serene high desert, past several historic mines and points of interest, and past beautiful wild mustangs.

We have taken many of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad themed train trips over the years. This one, departing out of the Eastgate Depot as usual, left us a little surprised as only white wine was offered on this wine train. Being a wine lover and wine writer I was a little disappointed as were some of the other riders.

DestinationReviewA few times, small half glasses were poured as thirsty onlookers begged for seconds. The harried servers did their best to keep up with the demand.

(Pawsitive Points Note: We did not have a dog with us and it was evident that if one was traveling with a service dog it would necessitate arranging for a bulkhead seat as there was not much foot room. Service dogs are welcome pursuant to ADA laws.)

Food on Wine Train Misses Mark

Sadly, the appetizers were a disappointment. The moment the servers walked on our car with the hors d’oeuvres, the smell of grease permeated the car. The cold and greasy fried foods did not pair well with the white wine. We would have much preferred simple cheese and crackers or fruit and vegetables. We found that this was the consensus with those around us.

While most excursions we’ve taken on this railroad have exceeded our expectations, this one did not. However, the history and merriment on other exceptional family tours and themed rides offered by V&T are outstanding and a must do whenever you find your clan in the Carson Valley.

Dislcosure: As a working member of the media, I am furnished comped media visits for many of my assignments; the views expressed here are entirely my own but ought to be yours too.