Lindsey & Chris Wanner, owners of West Coast Wine • Cheese, at top, welcome Alex Hill and Mick Unti, at bottom left, from Unti Vineyards on March 12 and, at bottom right, Carlisle Winery owner and winemaker Mike Officer on April 2 at 31 Sunnyside Avenue in downtown Mill Valley. Courtesy images.

Since its debut in November 2018, Chris and Lindsey Wanner’s West Coast Wine • Cheese shop at 31 Sunnyside Ave. in downtown Mill Valley has developed a burgeoning reputation for its deep ties to vineyards up and down the west coast. The Wanners regularly bring in winemakers from the region for their Winery Tasting Series, whereby owners and winemakers come to town “to share the stories of the people and places behind the juice they are making.”

“I see us as not being just a place that sells wine, but a space that builds community around our wine and around those stories,” Chris Wanner says.

Those stories continue this month with Unti Vineyards in Healdsburg, with co-owner Mick Unti and sales manager Alex Hill appearing at West Coast Wine • Cheese to explain why they are “irrationally committed to making European-style wines from Mediterranean grape varieties in Dry Creek Valley,” Unti says.

Available for the entire night, the Wanners sell a flight of 3-4 wines from that winery for a discounted rate, plus have those wines available for retail sales at the same price you would pay at the winery. “We also have a raffle prize or two supplied by the winery,” Wanner says. “And sometimes the winery person will bring a super secret ‘pocket pour’ or an additional wine to try…if you’re nice!”

On April 2, the shop hosts Mike Officer, owner and winemaker at Carlisle Winery in Sonoma County from 6-8pm. 

West Coast Wine • Cheese’s 700-square-foot space is the former home of the Weathered Nest vintage home accessories space adjacent to Kitchen Sunnyside restaurant. It’s set to bring even more liveliness to a street that also boasts Prabh Indian KitchenSalvageThe Makery and Alexander’s Artisan Rugs.

The 411: West Coast Wine • Cheese shop hosts a Winery Tasting Series with Unti Vineyards on March 12, 7-9pm at 31 Sunnyside Ave. MORE INFO ON BOTH EVENTS.

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