When Amtrak hands you lemons, you make…Bordeaux?

Amtrak is known for many things but jovial passengers is not foremost among them.

Last Friday, a train from NYC to DC was waylaid with problems, causing a six-hour delay. One of the passengers was Paul Goldschmidt, owner of the right-bank estate Chateau Siaurac. Goldschmidt was on his way to a tasting at a DC wine store. When it became apparent that he wasn’t going to make the event, he uncorked his wines and started pouring them for the passengers in an impromptu tasting. By the end, the passengers were singing “La Marseillaise.” And all this transpired in the quiet car!

Here endeth the feel-good story of the day.

“Delayed Passengers Treated to an Impromptu Wine-Tasting on Broken-Down Amtrak Train” [Washingtonian]
A brief passenger video appears on Facebook.

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3 Responses to “When Amtrak hands you lemons, you make…Bordeaux?”

  1. Seems when I am delayed on public transportation I always get the guy with onion breath and gas. Happy it went well for them.

  2. Just one reason I love traveling by train.

    When has something like this happened with a delayed flight?

  3. I go between New Jersey and DC often for our French travel company (specializing in wine tours)– if only we could run into each other before the upcoming Burgundy tour! Sigh.


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