Livermore wine: Discover new tasting rooms in this urban warehouse district

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If you’re going wine tasting in Livermore and looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience, skip the large crowded wineries on Tesla Road and head instead to the quiet warehouse district off South Vasco Road, where a cluster of tasting rooms is offering something a bit more chill.

There, you can park just once and visit more than half a dozen wineries, a brewery and a distillery all within a two-block radius. If you’re there on the weekend, you can probably grab lunch at a food truck and listen to some live music, too.

These tasting rooms call themselves The Block 37, and have several projects in the works, including what we hope will become an annual block party. By year’s end, you can expect to see another new winery tasting room, a craft cocktail lounge and possibly even a mobile restaurant kitchen. Here are five experiences to add to your list.

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Nottingham Cellars

A leader in the new generation of Livermore Valley wineries, Nottingham’s portfolio showcases winemaker Collin Cranor’s evolving skills as a winemaker of Bordeaux wines, like cabernet sauvignon, as well as the Rhone-style wines of the family’s Vasco Urbano Wine Company label.

Inside the chic tasting room, you can try a flight of either label ($15 each) and enjoy live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays in the barrel house. On Saturdays, bring a picnic and catch live music on the patio from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Look for new concierge check-in service starting in September and, by year’s end, a new, separate Vasco Urbano tasting room three doors down.

Nottingham Cellars specializes in Bordeaux-style wines. (Nottingham Cellars)

Sips: Nottingham’s 2017 Livermore Valley …read more

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Report: Carson Wentz not expected to play ‘for a few more weeks’

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is not expected to be back for a few more weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

#Eagles QB Carson Wentz isn’t expected to play for a few more weeks… and everyone is OK with that. Nothing more important than the health of the face of the franchise.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2018

Wentz was ruled out for the Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday as he continues to work his way back from his knee injury.

Eagles coach Doug Pedersen claimed Wentz was “close” to a return, but was not medically cleared for contact as of Sunday. Clearly Philadelphia doesn’t want to rush him back.

Doug Pederson said he made the decision to start Foles yesterday. He said Wentz is “close.” Emphasized he’s been in conversation for a long time with Wentz about this. “He’s in a great spot,” Pederson said of Wentz.

— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) September 4, 2018

In 2017, Wentz started 13 games and threw for more than 3,200 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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Mike Bryan, minus Bob, moves into another Grand Slam final

NEW YORK — Mike Bryan continues to excel at the U.S. Open, even without his twin brother and longtime doubles partner Bob.

Bryan and Jack Sock, who stepped in earlier this year when Bob went down with a hip injury, moved into the men’s doubles finals with an 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-4 win over the Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

It was the 11th consecutive win in a Grand Slam match for the pair that has become known as “Team Brock.”

They hope to add the U.S. Open title to the Wimbledon championship they won in just their second event together. They will face seventh-seeded Luke Kubot of Poland and Marcello Melo of Brazil, who won the day’s first semifinal 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 over Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri.

Bryan will be going for his sixth U.S. Open doubles title.

“It is a little bittersweet to do it without (Bob), just because we’ve been a package deal for so long,” Bryan said. “I know how bad he wants to be back out here. But, to suit up with (Sock) and have him help me do it again was really cool.”

The third-seeded Americans cruised through the first set in just a half-hour, breaking the Colombians twice.

They appeared headed to an easy win before Cabal and Farah saved a match point in the second set. With Bryan serving, Sock mistimed a jump at the net trying to get to a return on a switch and sent a shot wide right. The Colombians broke to bring the set to 5-5 and dominated the subsequent tiebreaker as the Americans dropped a set for the first time …read more



Garnett sues accountant over $77M lost to wealth manager

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett is suing an accountant and his firm, alleging they helped a wealth manager steal $77 million from the retired Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics star.

The federal malpractice lawsuit alleges Kentucky-based accountant Michael Wertheim and Welenken CPAs enabled Charles Banks IV of Atlanta to defraud Garnett through businesses in which Garnett and Banks shared an interest.

The lawsuit contends Wertheim “possessed actual knowledge that Banks was helping himself to millions of dollars of Garnett’s money and did nothing about it.”

“Banks intentionally … looted Garnett of his earnings and assets for many years, including the many years that Welenken and Wertheim provided accounting services to Garnett and his business interests,” according to the lawsuit, which was initially filed in Hennepin County District Court and moved Wednesday to U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Defence attorney Greg Simpson told the Star Tribune his clients deny the allegations and will “vigorously” fight the suit.

Banks was not named as a defendant. Banks was sentenced last year to four years in federal prison for defrauding another former NBA star, retired San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan, of millions of dollars. In one of Duncan’s deals with Banks, Duncan said he was told Garnett would be a partner.

Garnett’s attorney, Mark Gaughan, declined to say why Banks was not named as a defendant. Gaughan said that “based upon the facts, we are confident this matter ultimately will be resolved in Mr. Garnett’s favour.”

The lawsuit claims Wertheim “took direction from Banks and for some reason chose to have virtually no contact with Garnett.”

According to the lawsuit, Wertheim prepared financial statements, was a registered agent for companies …read more



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