Who knew that part of Oakland was once called Brooklyn? Though it was 150 years ago, it’s still part of local history, so winemakers Stewart Epstein and Jeffrey Fiegel decided to launch a tasting room called Brooklyn West Winery on the Oakland Urban Wine Trail in Jack London Square. The duo has created an approachable, fun, and unpretentious experience in the Brick House Lofts, the oldest warehouse in the Jack London Square Warehouse District (circa 1914).
Welcome back, Ky Vatta – we’ve missed you. It’s been nine years since Elizabeth Moon wrapped up the five-part “Vatta’s War” series with “Victory Conditions,” and after a dip back into her excellent Paksennarion world, she gets us back to Ky Vatta and her space opera with “Cold Welcome” (Del Rey, $28, 411 pages) – and luckily, there are more to come after this one.
As with all rankings, there's plenty of subjectivity involved in choosing All-American teams, and a case could be made for girls who are on the fifth team to be on the first team, and vice versa.Though obviously individual talent is the major component, we also factored in team success, as it's one thing to be a great individual player, but it's another to make those around you better as well.