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When most people ponder wine and California, their minds think Napa Valley (when a gear-head hears Napa they think National Auto Parts Association or Martin Truex Jr.). What some people don’t know is that the Livermore Valley is the oldest wine producing region in California.

What appears to be a green hedge in the distance in this picture is actually a vineyard next to Sycamore Grove Park. There are also grapevines growing on the hills in the background along side Oak trees.
Sycamore Grove and Grape VinesThe Livermore Valley is also home to the only winery that remained in operation, legally that is, during Prohibition. Wente Brothers Winery produced sacramental wines for the Catholic Church. The City of Livermore has works very hard to maintain its open space and character that also includes the World’s Fastest Rodeo, two National Laboratories and oldest burning light bulb in the world (you can actually watch it produce light via a web camera). To say Livermore is eclectic is an understatement.
Vines Waiting For HarvestThis evening provided yet another opportunity to enjoy the cool fall weather and a chance to escape to Sycamore Grove with Becky and Maggie for a hike.
Sycamore Grove Nature Study Area

Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.