A scene from the inaugural Grand Sommelier Express in 2016 -Courtesy The Field Guide

Grand Sommelier Express returns to Summerland

Unique event pairs wine and food with historic KVR train experience

If enjoying a ride on a classic steam train isn’t enough, the wineries of Bottleneck Drive are teaming up with the Kettle Valley Steam Railway for a tasting experience like few others.

The Grand Sommelier Express returns for a second year on June 24; a tasting experience on-board the elegantly restored Kettle Valley steam train and showcasing offerings from local wineries alongside the natural beauty of Summerland.

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“We are excited to partner with the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway again this year to bring guests an experience that is absolutely unique to Bottleneck Drive,” says Christa-Lee McWatters Bond president of the Bottleneck Drive Winery Association. “Delicious wine, food, ciders and beer, Summerland scenery, and the beautiful steam train combine for an event you will not find anywhere else.”

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The experience brings together two of Summerland’s biggest attractions. The Kettle Valley Steam Railway, using a restored 1912 steam locomotive travels the only preserved section of the KVR ‘Kootenay to Coast Connection,’ taking passengers on a 90-minute journey along a 10-mile stretch of vistas from orchards and vineyards to a spectacular view of Okanagan Lake, on the Trout Creek Bridge, 238 feet above the canyon floor.

Bottleneck Drive is a collection of 23 award-winning wineries, cideries, and a craft brewery, each with distinctive products and personalities.

Following a reception, guests will enjoy the scenic train ride with wine poured by informative proprietors and winemakers including a trestle-side stop to sample Bottleneck Drive’s hand-crafted beer and ciders. A three-course dinner paired with Bottleneck Drive wines follows the train trip. Entertainment includes live music, live and silent auctions.

For more information, including ticket sales, visit www.bottleneckdrive.com or contact info@bottleneckdrive.com. More information about the KVR is available at kettlevalleyrail.org.