The Livermore Valley Wine Country is the only wine region that can offer a chance to taste wine while riding a historic rail train along the original transcontinental rail lines.
History abounds in the Livermore Valley. Trains first rolled through Niles Canyon in 1866. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. In the 1840s, California pioneers looking for outstanding vineyard sites began planting grapes in the region. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. Pioneer winemakers C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore recognized the area's winegrowing potential and founded their wineries in the early 1880s. And, Livermore Valley captured America’s first international gold medal for wine in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, putting California on the world wine map.
Check out the wine selections line-up for the 2010 Wine Tasting Special and decide which trains to ride.
Wine Menu August 8, 2010
- Occasio Winery 2008 Pinot Gris
- Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery 2008 Pinot Blanc
- Thomas Coyne Winery 2006 Deitjens Reserve Syrah
- Cuda Ridge Wines 2008 Petit Verdot
- Ruby Hill Vineyards and Winery 2008 Bella Gemma
Wine Menu August 15, 2010
- Nottingham Cellars 2007 Viognier
- Wood Family Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay
- Longevity Winery 2008 Barbera
- Ruby Hill Vineyards and Winery 2007 Peacock Zinfandel
- Bent Creek Winery 2007 Petite Sirah Port
Wine Menu August 22, 2010
- Longevity Winery 2008 Pinot Gris
- Deer Ridge Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay
- Mitchell Katz Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon FOR PLAY
- Wood Family Vineyards 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel
- Thomas Coyne Winery 2008 Chardonnay Port
Wine Menu August 29, 2010
- Cuda Ridge Wines 2009 Semillon
- Las Positas Winery 2008 Chardonnay
- Deer Ridge Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bent Creek Winery 2007 Red on Red Cab/Syrah Blend
- Cedar Mountain Winery Tortuga Royale Port
Wine Educator Steve Ferree will walk you through tasting a flight of five Livermore wines. Each wine will be paired with cheese or chocolate selected especially for that wine. Each weekend will showcase a different flight of wines and different Livermore Valley winemakers. Thus over the four Sundays, 20 Livermore Valley wines will be served. The actual wines for each train will be announced later. You will enjoy an afternoon of fine wine while gently cruising through Niles Canyon, riding on history.
The Wine Tasting Special departs the Sunol depot of the Niles Canyon Railway promptly at 3:30 p.m. each of the four Sundays. The price is $37.50 per person and you must be 21 to ride the train. Non-alcoholic beverages will be served for those not wishing to join in the wine tasting. You can make reservations at www.ncry.org and information is available at 510-910-7024. Proceeds support the Niles Canyon Railway preservation activities.
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