Celebrate Super Bowl 50 with a Train Ride Through Napa with Former Football Greats

Idea for Super Bowl 50: celebrate the big game with a train ride through Napa Valley with former NFL players.

The Napa Valley Wine Train will offer such a Super Bowl party with their Big Game Train.

The train offer a 36-mile round-trip journey from Napa to St. Helena through Wine Country vineyards and past famous, historic wineries. A number of NFL players and coaches — Dick Vermeil, Vida Blue, Rick Mirer, Terry Hoage, Dave Wilcox, Damon Huard and Sam Williams — will be on board for meet-and-greet opportunities for guests throughout three-hour journey train ride.

The event will include a four-course meal, prepared by executive chef Kelly Macdonald, to pair with coach Vermeil’s proprietary wines from Vermeil Wines.

The menu includes roasted pumpkin soup with serrano ham and green onions; roasted beef tenderloin with bok choy, roasted root vegetable, mushroom toast and a pomegranate cabernet reduction sauce as well as Chèvre cheesecake with fig compote. Wine pairings include the Vermeil Wines Sauvignon Blanc, “Dutton Ranch” Chardonnay, XXXIV Proprietary Red Wine, and Zinfandel Luvisi “1908” Vineyard.

Additionally, Rick Mirer will pour tastes of his Mirror Sauvignon Blanc, and Terry Hoage will pour tastes of his TH Estates Gap Cuvee Blanc for guests upon arrival at the train station.

The Napa Valley Wine Train will donate $10 of each Big Game Train ticket to the NFL HOF Players Foundation, which assists and honors Hall of Fame players who have made contributions to the sport. NFL HOF Players Foundation board member Dave Wilcox will represent the foundation on the Big Game Train.

Tickets for the Big Game Train is $189 per person on the Gourmet Express, or $249 per person on the Champagne Vista Dome Car, both of which include traditional rail seating. Check-in is at 10:30 a.m. The train departs at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the train station at 2:30 p.m.

For reservations, please call (800) 427-4124.

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