I had another event this past weekend, the “Beer, Wine and Blues Train” at the Fillmore & Western Railway. We had two very popular wines, Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Pinot Grigio, and the estate Grown 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Last Saturday night marked the start of the Railway’s Hot August Nights weekend train excursions. This is a fabulous event if you’ve never been.
Tyna from Wolf Creek Brewery joins us on every “Beer, Wine and Blues Train” ride. Each of the cars is completely different. The train that we are in is called the Powhatan Cafe Parlor and it’s from 1928.
The Powhatan was built by the Pullman Co. in 1928 for the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac RR. This car was named after an American Indian Chief who founded the Powhatan Confederacy and whose daughter, Pocahontas, married John Rolfe, an English colonist and settler of the Jamestown Colony. This luxurious Powhatan car served for many years on the East Coast hosting Senators, Congressmen and the elite on its daily track between Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The Royal American Shows (Carnival) purchased the Powhatan in the mid 50’s for use as the “Pie Car,” circus slang for “Dining Car.” In 1982 the car was sold for use as an ice cream parlor and was located on an isolated track on a busy Ft. Lauderdale corner until 1990. The Powhatan was purchased by Fillmore & Western Railway Co. for the movie business and has since been lovingly restored to its yesteryear grace. The car made its movie debut in Disney’s “Tall Tales of Pecos Bill” and has been in numerous Hollywood productions such as “Seabiscuit” and “Water for Elephants.” Currently the Powhatan is used for daytime dining and murder mystery events on special occasions. Rumor has it that this car is haunted by a cowboy entity.
Purchase your tickets for the “Beer, Wine and Blues Train” at www.fwry.com.
Reyes Winery also has an annual event coming up, the Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical on August 31st. It is $30 per person, which includes a taste of each of Cabernet’s from 2009-2016 with a petite bite of food to pair. Last year, I paired this popular and favorite of mine (2011 Cabernet) with parmesan, balsamic and Cipollini onions on a black pepper water cracker. Our 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon has received 88 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (12/2017 Edition). This outstanding rich and luxurious wine exhibits flavors of intense dry strawberry with a hint of cracked black pepper and finishes with soft and detailed tannins. It pairs well with duck, cranberry, pepper and garlic herb rib roast, peppercorn crusted Chevre, or strawberries with a balsamic reduction. Come join me for this fun and educational event. Sign up on our website or in the tasting room. #CabSauv #CabernetDay