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Bartavelle Coffee and Wine Bar

There’s more than just breakfast on offer at this three-year-old café, but we think Bartavelle is at its best in the earlier hours. Sweet and savory porridge, a decadent Persian style breakfast board and an array of toasts on Acme bread are all on deck, plus coffee from Portland-based Heart Coffee Roasters. A glass of wine from the café’s excellent list makes a fine accompaniment for a weekend brunch (or a weekday meal, if you’re feeling decadent.) Bartavelle is at 1603 San Pablo Ave. (at Cedar Street), Berkeley. Wheelchair accessible. Connect with the café on Facebook.

Wine, wine everywhere, and not a drop to drink

Mal Warwick, who regularly contributes book reviews to Berkeleyside, calls Frances Dinkelspiel’s ‘Tangled Vines’ “a great read,” and “crammed with fascinating characters.” He gives it five stars.