Niles Canyon Railway Wine Tasting Special

The Niles Canyon Railway 2010 Wine Tasting Special will focus specifically on Livermore Valley and demonstrate what exciting wines this local appellation has to offer. As one of California 's oldest wine regions, the 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 of Livermore Valley. Steve will walk you through tasting a sample of Livermore wines and each wine will be paired with a cheese selected especially for that wine.

Wine Educator Steve Ferree is a Certified Wine Professional with the Society of Wine Educators; he has earned certificates in wine from the Culinary Institute of America and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He writes about wine for the on-line newspaper and his wine blog at

Tasting Menu

Wine Menu August 8, 2010

Wine Menu August 15, 2010

Wine Menu August 22, 2010

Wine Menu August 29, 2010

The Wine Tasting Special will be running for four Sundays, leaving the Sunol Station at 3:30 p.m. on August 8, 15, 22 and 29. Tickets are only $37.50 per person and can be ordered at the Niles Canyon Railway website.