Sunday, February 27, 2011

Passengers taken back to the 1940's on Romance on the Rails

Niles Canyon Railway sponsored their second annual Romance on the Rails event on Sunday, February 13, taking passengers back to the 1940’s in the Art Deco style Southern Pacific club lounge car #2979, riding along the original Transcontinental Railroad line through Niles Canyon.  This sold out event was a joy to all as passengers sipped on six Livermore Valley wines during the 2 hour tour while enjoying a pairing of cheese and hors d’oeuvres along the way through rustic Niles Canyon.


Along the way, wine educator Steve Ferree, told about the history and uniqueness about the Livermore Valley wine region which was instrumental to the early days of winemaking in California and still producer of a wide selection of great wines from over 40 wineries spread through this agricultural area in the heart of the Bay Area.  While Livermore Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in California, it is seeing a renaissance over the past few years as new small boutique wineries open up, joining the long term large winemakers who have been producing wine since the early 1880’s.  Wineries in the region range from small 200-case family wineries to heavyweights producing over 400,000 cases per year.


The Romance on the Rails adventure focused on the small boutique wineries of Livermore Valley, introducing visitors to the unique treasures in the Bay Area.  After months of searching for the right wines for this romantic tour, six wines where chosen for the couples joining in the ride through Niles Canyon.
Between the servings passengers enjoyed a selection of hors d’oeuvres.
Niles Canyon Railway also hosts a Summer Wine Tasting Special in August.
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