Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 5:30 - 9:30pm
The Big Gay Train 2015
Join us for our exclusive ALL GAY WINEMAKER DINNER on The Napa Valley Wine Train, featuring 4 new LGBT winemakers from 4 new wine regions!
The Big Gay Train returns to Napa Valley with 4 new LGBT winemakers from 4 different and exciting wine regions! Join us for our exclusive ALL GAY WINEMAKER DINNER aboard the world famous Napa Valley Wine Train!
Dine in luxury and sip wines in the company of the winemakers themselves as you glide up the Napa Valley in the spring evening. Enjoy an elegant, perfectly paired, 4 course dinner in old world luxury, from Acclaimed Chef Kelly Macdonald.
SuLei Cellars, Walla Walla, Washington
Joining us for the first time, Tanya Woodley & Elaine Jomwe of SuLei Cellars in the Walla Walla Valley, AVA, in beautiful Washington State Wine Country, bring their Gold Medal award wining 2013 Sauvignon Blanc to kick off our first course of the 5 course culinary adventure aboard The Big Gay Train. It was this thirst for the ever evolving and illusive mystery of winemaking that brought them to the decision to make a life of this passionate pursuit. It is the belief that a good wine begins in the vineyard that led them to pursue this life in Walla Walla. Tanya believes in minimal intervention winemaking, allowing the fruit to present itself under guidance, revealing the true essence of the grape.
Olivia Brion, Wild Horse Valley, Napa, California
Vintner, John Newmeyer brings his Olivia Brion Chardonnay from Heron Lake Vineyard n the south end of Wild Horse Valley, 1,200 feet higher than the Napa Valley floor and five miles east of Napa town. Wild Horse Valley is a distinct viticultural appellation: while Napa Valley has hot summer afternoons, Wild Horse's proximity to the San Pablo and Suisun bays exposes it to cool westerly winds. That weather, along with the rocky volcanic soil, results in small yields and fruit of great color, intensity and minerality. John's 2012 vintage has pure fruit notes of lemon and white peaches and layered flavors of creme brûlée, baked apples, and quince jelly. The structure is elegant and stylish, the mouth feel is fresh and lively, yet deeply flavored without being weighty.
Azari Vineyards, Sonoma Coast, California
Azari Vineyards in the Petaluma Gap geological region of the Sonoma Coast AVA has 14 acres of estate vineayrd, producting Riesling, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Vintner, Kaveh Azari, shares his 2011 Corkscrew Pinot Noir with guests on the Big Gay Train.
"A powerhouse pinot from Corkscrew. This new release catches your attention with scents of smoky black cherry, vanilla, and pine. Flavors of tart cranberry, boysenberry, and complex spices lead the charge, with refreshing acidity to clean the slate for the next sip. There’s a nice balance overall between the components. The rich texture that is a hallmark of pinot noir is contrasted with the acid backbone, so the wine is not too flabby and is a pleasure to taste." - Neal Coats, Professional Wine Judge
Jalama Wines, Santa Barbara, California
Featuring our first wine from Southern California's Santa Barbara wine region, winemaker Mark Cargasacchi brings his 2011 Santa Ynez Valley La Presa Petite Sirah, - good acidity, balanced smokey oak, big pepper and sour cherries on the palate. A great wine to pair with one of Chef Kelly's course creations! "I try to let my wines really speak more about the vineyards they are from by allowing most of the fruit to ferment with the native yeasts. This develops a lot more unique flavors and a complexity that can be lacking when using just commercial yeast." - winemaker, Mark Cargasacchi, Jalama Wines
This event sells out FAST. Don't miss your chance to join this EXCLUSIVE LGBT event in the heart of the Napa Valley.
Tickets: $185 Gourmet Express Car / $215 VIP Vista Dome Car
Tickets by phone. Call Napa Valley Wine Train at 800-427-4124 and ask for THE BIG GAY TRAIN!