July 3, 2018 > Roll through history with great local wines
Roll through history with great local wines
Submitted By Niles Canyon Railway
Enjoy an afternoon of fine wine while gently cruising through Niles Canyon, riding on history. The Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Valley ?Wine Tasting Special? gets rolling this year on Saturdays July 14, August 4, August 18, September 8, and September 29. This wine tasting event will focus specifically on Livermore Valley wines.
As one of the Golden State's oldest wine regions, Livermore Valley played a pivotal role in shaping California's wine industry. 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.
On the Wine Tasting Special you will learn more about the Livermore Valley wine region and the history and style of many great wineries in Livermore Valley. At the same time, you will also learn about the history of the rail line traveling along the original route of the Transcontinental Railway where trains first rolled through Niles Canyon in 1869.
Wine Educator Steve Ferree will walk you through tasting a flight of Livermore wines. Each wine will be paired with an hors d?oeuvre selected especially for that wine. A Certified Wine Professional with the Society of Wine Educators, Ferree has earned certificates in wine from the Culinary Institute of America and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He writes about wine for the online newspaper Examiner.com and in his wine blog at WineProGuy.com.
Trains depart from Sunol Depot at 1 p.m. and return at 3 p.m. Ages 21 and over; no children, pets, or personal food and beverages allowed.
Wine Tasting Special
Saturday, Jul 14
1 p.m. ? 3 p.m.
Niles Canyon Railway
6 Kilkare Rd, Sunol