At Alpha Omega, we’re all about creating intimate experiences with our vintners and winemakers for our ERA Elite members. We did just that on Dec. 3, 2016 when we chartered the Private Reserve, the Napa Valley Wine Train’s new, luxury car, for a unique holiday train ride for 16 couples.
Vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett hosted this special evening, where Alpha Omega enthusiasts dined and sipped in style as they cruised in the single car along the historic Napa Valley Wine Train tracks.
The outing began at the winery, where Chris Carmichael, our Director of Wine Clubs and Private Clients, welcomed the group with his infectious smile and a glass of Alpha Omega 1155 Sauvignon Blanc. Oenophiles enjoyed the blazing fire pit and festive atmosphere before it was train time.
The Private Reserve’s vintage interior features buttery, brown leather love seats with plush, tufted navy velvet backs accented by rich wood grain. While the luggage racks above each of the two rows of seats are a throwback to the days when trains were the preferred mode of transportation, the cool, overhead lighting that changes color and is reminiscent of a Virgin America aircraft brought riders back to the present.
A delectable, five-course, gourmet dinner prepared onboard featured a curated selection of our premium wines: Alpha Omega Chardonnay Reserve Napa Valley 2012, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Petit Verdot 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon North Oakville Napa Valley 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon South Oakville Napa Valley 2010, ERA Napa Valley 2009 and Late Harvest Reserve 2006.
The guests marveled about what a treat it was to taste the two To Kalon wines side by side. Although the wines are from the same vineyard and vintage, the differences between the South and North blocks are so remarkably distinct that our winemaker Jean Hoefliger bottled them separately.
In addition to savoring delicious food and wine during the three-hour ride, ERA Elite members also mingled with the Baggetts and gazed at the holiday lights that adorned the wineries along Highway 29.
This was truly a memorable excursion. Due to the positive response, we hope to offer this experience again.
If you enjoyed the Alpha Omega Reserve Chardonnay 2013, you weren’t alone. We’re honored to tell you that the judges at the Global Chardonnay Masters 2016 competition, held in September in the United Kingdom, loved the wine so much that they awarded it the joint top score (Masters 95 points+) in the entire tasting from more than 200 wines.
The Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2013 also earned a medal with Silver 85 points +. Every wine was measured on the taste of its grape and the skill of its winemaker. All Global Masters are judged blind by the finest palates in the world – a panel of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers only.
“The judges are always very tough, with a reputation for being the toughest panel in any blind tasting series, so this really is an outstanding result for you,” we were told by The Drinks Business, the global-leading drinks trade publication which organized the four-year-old competition.
The judges for the Global Chardonnay Masters were as follows:
- Thomas Chevalier – Vagabond Wines
- Alberto Segade – Fera at Claridge’
- Patricia Stefanowicz
- Keith Isaac MW - Castelnau
- Hugh Rose MW
- Miles Corish MW
- Jonathan Pedley MW
- Christine Parkinson - Hakkasan
- Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW
- Patrick Schmitt MW
- Lucy Shaw - Managing Editor - The Drinks Business
As delighted as we are to share this exciting news with you, we’re sad to tell you that we already sold out of this vintage. The good news is the Alpha Omega Reserve Chardonnay 2014 is tasting just as delicious as the Alpha Omega Reserve Chardonnay 2013, which also won the top prize at the International Chardonnay Symposium in May.
Don’t miss out on adding the Reserve Chardonnay 2014 to your cellar.