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West Coast Wine and Cheese

After a few successful years in San Francisco, West Coast Wine and Cheese owners Chris and Lindsey Wanner were ready to add a location, but wanted it close enough where they could handle both shops and a newborn son. Mill Valley proved just the place. With 24 upscale rotating wines by the glass, a world-class West Coast bottle list and a menu of local cheeses, charcuterie and baguettes from Jane Bakery in S.F., they’ve seen to every detail. And after one year in its new location the wine program here won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Cheers!

Backstage Winery Tasting Room
Backstage Winery Tasting Room.

Backstage Winery Tasting Room

Opened in November 2017, this place makes its wines from the grapes of 19 small vineyards it manages in different appellations throughout California. All wines are produced at the winery in Morgan Hill and are very limited in supply. For special rates on by-the-glass and small plates, swing by the Larkspur tasting room at happy hour, Tuesday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.



Jill Cordova-Holt likes to take care of people. After a career in health care, including 12 years as a hospice social worker at Hospice by the Bay, she decided to pursue her other passion — wine — and opened Jillie’s Wine Bar and Shop in San Anselmo this past June. She and husband Michael Holt offer a variety of wines from all over the world with a focus on smaller producers, many using biodynamic, organic and certified organic methods. Check out the weekly tasting events on the website.

Gather Wine.
Gather Wine.


Want to sample wines inexpensively or find a quality bottle at a fair price? Head to this Larkspur shop that offers $5 or $10 tastings and over 300 wines, most under $50. 415.461.4475

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