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July 4, 2017 > All aboard for wine tasting train tour

All aboard for wine tasting train tour

Submitted By Niles Canyon Railway

When the weather turns fine in the summertime, thereÕs nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine. And what better way to enjoy a summer afternoon sipping wine than on a scenic train ride through bucolic and historic Niles Canyon? ThatÕs the idea behind the Wine Tasting Specials series of train runs offered each summer by the Niles Canyon Railway.

This yearÕs Wine Tasting Specials will focus on Livermore Valley Wines. As one of the CaliforniaÕs oldest wine regions, Livermore Valley played a pivotal role in shaping the stateÕs wine industry. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley during 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.

Passengers on the Wine Tasting Specials train runs will learn more about the Livermore Valley wine region and its history along with history about the rail line through Niles Canyon which traces is beginnings back to 1869.

During each train ride, Steve Ferree, a local wine educator, will walk passengers through tasting a flight of Livermore wines. Each wine will be paired with an hors dÕoeuvre selected especially for that wine. Ferree is a certified wine professional with the Society of Wine Educators and writes extensively about wines in local and national media.

The trains will depart from the Niles Canyon Railway station at 6 Kilkare Road in Sunol at 1 p.m. each day and return there at 3 p.m. No pets, personal food or beverages are allowed.

To participate in the wine-tasting event, participants must be 21 or older. The cost is $40 per person. Because of the eventÕs popularity, advanced registrations are strongly suggested and can be made by visiting the Niles Canyon Railway website at and following the links.

Wine Tasting Specials Train Rides
Saturdays: July 15, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 9 and Sept. 30
1 p.m.
Niles Canyon, 6 Kilkare Road, Sunol
Limited to passengers 21 and older
(510) 996-8420
$40 per person

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