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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday: Fallout From the War on Christmas Continues, A16 Hosts a Master Pizzaiolo

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click to enlarge Ruth Gordon and her tannis-spice latte in Rosemary's Baby - MATTHEW JAMES DECOSTER/FACEBOOK
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  • Ruth Gordon and her tannis-spice latte in Rosemary's Baby

Plus Alamo Drafthouse is giving away free movie tickets to film nerds, Wine Not is coming to Valencia, and a look at the world's most amazing underground wine storage.

Ellen DeGeneres Weighs in on Starbucks "Satan Sippers"

With the caveat that this will only worsen the divides that plague America, Ellen DeGeneres poked some fun at the anti-Starbucks brigade. It's pretty funny, and the video cuts out before you have to watch her dance, promise.

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Dunkin Donuts Fires a Shot Straight Across Starbucks' Bow
Like snowflakes falling on the baby llamas at the Nativity, no two chunks of culture-war nuclear fallout are alike, so naturally, Dunkin Donuts couldn't resist trolling Starbucks with its own coffee cup. Let me be the first to point out that neither Starbucks' nor DD's cups has any actual religious iconography, nor does either one mention a specific holiday.

Alamo Drafthouse is Giving Away Free Movie Passes for a Year

First you have to take a film buff quiz, which I just did. Two of the five questions were really hard. Alamo opens on Dec. 17.

A16 Hosting the World's No. 1 Pizzaiolo
Both stateside A16's (San Francisco and Rockridge) will host Italian pizzaiolo Franco Pepe, whose pizzeria near Naples, Pepe in Grani, is recognized as the best in Italy. Each location will serve 100 of his pies, while owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren will open wines from Pepe's home region. You're limited to one pizza per two people, people.
Monday, Nov. 16, at A16 Rockridge, 5356 College Ave., Oakland, 510-768-8003
Tuesday, Nov. 17, at A16 S.F., 2355 Chestnut St., 415-771-2216.

Wine Not Coming to V-105 Space
Valencia's had its ups and downs but when the eminently forgettable lunch spot V-105 closed this summer, it couldn't be part of the grand-failures narrative. Its replacement will be called Wine Not, according to Hoodline. That stretch north of the Central Freeway overpass could really use some love, now that McCoppin Hub is closed indefinitely.

The Most Amazing Wine Cellar of All Time
If you've ever been to Bath, England, you know it's full of Roman ruins and indoor plumbing. But it's also got an enormous underground wine cellar, as big as 22 football fields, that may store 1,000 "cases or bottles" of Chateau Lafite dating to the late 18th century. The average time a case stays below ground is now eight-and-a-half years.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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