The Niles Canyon Railway Wine Tasting Special has two weeks remaining for this 2010 season. Visitors for the first two weeks were very pleased with both the wines and cheese pairing. They learned a lot about the great selection of wines available from this historic wine region.
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 rest of the season for the 2010 Wine Tasting Special and decide which trains to ride.
Wine Menu August 22, 2010
- Longevity Winery 2008 Pinot Gris (paired with a Gruyere)
- Deer Ridge Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay (paired with a bandaged wrapped cheddar)
- Mitchell Katz Winery2007 Cabernet Sauvignon FOR PLAY (paired with aged Parmesan)
- Wood Family Vineyards 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel (paired with Point Reyes Petite Blue)
- Thomas Coyne Winery 2008 Chardonnay Port (paired with white chocolate truffle)
Wine Menu August 29, 2010
- Cuda Ridge Wines 2009 Semillon (paired with Brie)
- Las Positas Winery 2008 Chardonnay (paired with Manchego)
- Deer Ridge Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (paired with aged Parmesan)
- Bent Creek Winery 2007 Red on Red Cab/Syrah Blend (paired with Gouda)
- Cedar Mountain Winery Tortuga Royale Port (paired with Huntsman cheese)
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.
For more info:
- Niles Canyon Railway Wine Tasting Special Tickets
- Niles Canyon Railway Website
- Previous article on the Wine Tasting Special
- 2009 Niles Canyon Railway Wine & Cheese Special
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