The Royal Gorge Route Railroad will host its annual three-hour, five-course wine train dinner September 18 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Saddleback Cellars, an Oakville, CA winery led by vintner Nils Venge, the first American to receive a 100-point score from wine-critic Robert Parker Jr. The train will serve four of Venge’s wines individually paired with Golden Snapper, Pacific Rim Salad, Colorado Elk Medallions and Colorado Buffalo Carpaccio, followed by Chef Jeremy Garnett’s dessert and Colorado Solar Roast coffee. Seating is limited and guests may ride and dine in an elegant dining car for $159 or vista dome for $179.
“I’m a foodie and a wine lover so our annual wine train dinner is one of my favorite events,” said Mark Greksa, owner of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. “Chef Jeremy develops the menu and I take on the task of touring and tasting to find a new winery partner each year. It’s tough work, but someone’s got to do it.” Greksa selected Saddleback Cellars for its small-farm, hand-crafted approach to winemaking, and its spectacular vintages – most notable among them is the highly rated 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve which will be this year’s final pairing.
About Saddleback Cellars
Founded in 1981 by vintner Nils Venge, Saddleback Cellars is a boutique winery located off a dead end road in Oakville in the heart of Napa Valley. It grows six varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Zinfandel, each of which are hand-picked and immediately crushed upon harvest. Prior to launching Saddleback Cellars, Venge worked with Charles Krug, Sterling, Villa Mount Eden and Groth, He earned his BS in Viticulture in 1967 at University of California, Davis.
About the Royal Gorge Route Railroad
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is Colorado’s most historic scenic railway. More than 100,000 guests from around the world ride the train annually to enjoy its stunning views, excellent service and chef-inspired locally sourced menus aboard a variety of classes of service, including Club Class, Vista Dome, Cab Ride, Coach, First Class Lunch and Dinner Train, Murder Mystery, Oktoberfest and Santa Express Train. Learn more at RoyalGorgeRoute.com or call 888.724.5748.