The Napa Valley Wine Train has captured the nation’s heart with wine tours, beer tours and even Christmas wine tours with Santa. Now it’s working with a giant barbecue right in the middle of wine country at the Charles Krug Winery.
The adventure starts with all of the glories of a standard Napa Wine Train ride. Guests board at Yountville Station and are immediately handed some wine, artisan cheeses and charcuterie. It’s only an hour long trip to Krug and wood-fired barbecue, but that doesn’t slow anything down. Small bites and cocktails come after the first course, and a New Orleans-style live band will start to play. Like the Napa Valley Beer Train, the open air train car is on the ride, allowing people to ‘gram it up without any pesky windows in the way.
Then comes the barbecue at the main event: Cochon555 Heritage Fire Napa. More than 50 top chefs will be cooking up whole animals (lamb, goat, pig, duck, etc.) over live fires. It’s a celebration of heritage breed farming and free flowing local wine. And it’s not some fancy, small portion event. More than 3,500 pounds of meat will be barbecued out in the open air.
The Napa Wine Train sums up the event and the train ride over nicely: “The best things in life are rolled into one wood-fired, perfectly paired, stunning package.”
It all goes down on August 26. VIP tickets are $300 and include the train as well as VIP all you can eat passes to the barbecue, and can be purchased on the Napa Valley Wine Train website.