Gift Certificates Can Still be a Great Holiday Gift Idea

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Some companies are still offering great holiday values via gift certificates. They can be an easy way to create a very personal present without having to lock the recipient into a pre-set package. And, as long as you choose a company with a strong track record -- like the Napa Valley Wine Train -- you don't have to worry about your gift not being available in 2009.

What better way to plan ahead for harvest, beat winter doldrums, or just enjoy life with a great meal in an unparalleled setting.

It's hard to ignore the warnings that the purchase of a gift certificate, or gift card, this holiday season maybe similar to just setting your money on fire. While certain precautions should be taken, the gift certificate can still be one of the best ways to give a beautiful gift that allows the recipient to tailor their experience.

"Year after year, Napa Valley Wine Train gift certificates have been a holiday staple," said CEO, and President, of the Napa Valley Wine Train Gregory McManus. "It is easy to want to share the experience this wonderful venue has to offer, but it is hard logistically to create a reservation for someone else. The gift certificate is an ideal way to offer - all year 'round - the expectation of a wonderful Wine Train event without having to say exactly which event or when."

While some retailers are facing an uncertain 2009, the Napa Valley Wine Train is fortunate to be celebrating their 20th year in business. A business that is still, pardon the pun, right on track. The Napa Valley Wine Train has gained the reputation as one of Napa's most distinctive restaurants. Guests enjoy gourmet dining, wine tasting on the train, exclusive Napa Valley winery tours, and special wine events all aboard beautifully restored antique rail cars which travel the famous Napa Valley twice a day.

"We know that there are retailers out there who may not be around in 2009, so we feel doubly blessed that we are already planning our September 2009 birthday party," McManus said. "In fact, we have a whole host of activities to celebrate this milestone."

Besides the spectacular New Year's Eve gala set to ring in the New Year (and say goodbye to the old), 2009 Wine Train activities include Vintner Lunches, special Wine Maker Dinner series, fantastic holiday celebrations, and timeless favorites: like the Santa Trains. McManus says he knows the tracks ahead might not always be free from obstacles, but he is looking forward to many more Wine Train birthday celebrations in the future.

"We hope many of our old friends, and many more new friends, will be joining us as we celebrate 2009 in the Napa Valley," McManus said. "What better way to plan ahead for harvest, beat winter doldrums, or just enjoy life with a great meal in an unparalleled setting."

Special offers are available for gift certificates ordered in quantity. (800) 427-4124.

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a one of Napa's most distinctive restaurants. Enjoy wine tours, wine tasting and great dining aboard meticulously restored antique rail cars during a leisurely 3-hour journey through the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley. Contact: Melodie Hilton (707) 253-2160 x210

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