SOURCE: Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad

April 21, 2014 08:00 ET

Wine in the Wilderness: All Aboard the Grape Train Escape

CLARKDALE, AZ and SEDONA, AZ and JEROME, AZ--(Marketwired - Apr 21, 2014) -  A scenic sunset journey near Sedona is the perfect setting for sipping a variety of specially-chosen vintages. On select Saturday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., a wine gala awaits passengers aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad's Grape Train Escape. Scheduled for May 17, June 14, July 12, August 9 and September 6, 2014 each month highlights a different wine-growing region from across the globe, including Italy, New Zealand, South America, California and Washington State.

During these special twilight adventures cliff sides and canyons are bathed in a romantic golden glow. Daylight transforms from afternoon into sunset and twilight, eventually unleashing a barrage of starlight in the wild western skies above the train. A tasting flight of five wines includes special accompanying hors d'oeuvres to complement each selection.

As the train winds its way through its own rare Arizona landscape, the thin margin where high desert meets a lush riparian wilderness, rich vintages are sipped and toasts are raised. The train provides a peaceful sanctuary from the ordinary as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring raptors are just a few of the trip's many highlights. First-class cars boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar. Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack bars.

Passengers toast "Cheers!" under the night sky, enjoying star gazing opportunities galore from the unique vantage point of the train's open-air viewing cars. 

Just 25 minutes from scenic Sedona and 10 minutes from historic Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad is located in the heart of Arizona's Verde Valley, named one of Lonely Planet's top 10 destinations. With sky above, water below, and heaven in between, Verde Canyon Railroad guarantees an unforgettable rail adventure.

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