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Napa Valley Wine Train Restaurant Review: The buzzing excitement for this experience begins in the waiting area. As at every train station, people seem from elsewhere, cued by cameras, tour group name tags, accents and fussier-than-usual apparel --- apropos for a formal photo snapped on the platform prior to the “all aboard.” If it's a special occasion, splurge for a Vista Dome booking, the best way to journey up-valley and back. A gleaming antique Pullman car with glass-domed ceiling casts a romantic, dusk light on a sparkling wine toast, kicking off a five-course, well-engineered meal served en route. Hors d’oeuvres may include buttery pan-seared scallop with caviar and dappled chive oil, rabbit confit with balsamic reduction and shaved wine-poached mango, or zippy, roasted garlic tomato soup. Sorbets segue into generous entrées, for instance roast beef tenderloin atop white truffle grits in Cabernet jus; and butternut squash prawn bisque with grilled salmon, crisp bacon and pimentos. Engaged servers foster the romantic spirit and pamper with the professionalism of yesteryear. Take a wobbly walk to the train’s caboose to soak up the moonlight prior to dessert --- perhaps milky crème brûlée with blueberries or Grand Marnier cheesecake with fig reduction. Note: It’s called the Wine Train for a reason, and BYO is also a savvy option. Check the schedule for lunches, wine education dinners or, for the truly “loco,” the chance to book the jump seat to observe the conductor and engineer in action.