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All Aboard the Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Specials

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The Niles Canyon Railway 2014 Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special gets rolling this year for five days this year, Saturdays July 12, July 19, August 9, August 16 and Sunday September 14. The trains leave the Sunol Depot in Sunol at 1:00 p.m. each day, returning at 3:00 p.m. This exciting wine tasting event will focus specifically on Livermore Valley wines. As one of the Golden State's oldest wine regions, Livermore Valley has 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 Livermore Valley 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. 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 1866.

Wine Educator Steve Ferree walks 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 five runnings, 25 Livermore Valley wines will be served. You will enjoy an afternoon of fine wine while gently cruising through Niles Canyon, riding on history.

Wineries being featured this year on the Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special include:

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. No outside beverages or food is allowed and no pets. You can make reservations at www.ncry.org and information is available at 510-910-7024. Proceeds support the Niles Canyon Railway preservation activities.

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