West Coast Wine and Cheese is an adorable wine bar situated smack in the middle of the quaint and trendy Union St. in San Francisco. Their small venue allows for a curated, detailed oriented approach to food and wines sourced from exclusively from California, Oregon and Washington State. West Coast Wine and Cheese is a must-visit for wine-os in San Francisco, if you’re lucky enough to get a seat!
I attended an event that my friend Emily (food blogger and restaurant marketing extraordinaire over at the JetSetting Fashionista and Emily Martin Communications & Events) hosted an event at West Coast Coast wine and cheese, but I’d heard about it long before my first visit. For this wine bar, it’s all in the details. Particularly, serving wine only in Reidel glasses that are the correct shape and size for each varietal of wine (rare!), and meticulously storing every bottle at the correct temperature. They even have an in-house sommelier, Thomas, who made some timely wine suggestions for me as I had an important party to attend that weekend, where I was tasked with bringing a ‘unique wine’. He was very helpful, and loves that he can interact with guests in this more casual setting, versus in a restaurant. The California Sales Director with Roederer Estate was also on site, pouring their 2006 L’Ermitage Brut, so naturally I made a few stops at his station.
West Coast Wine and Cheese’s selection of cheese is not to be overlooked, some with catchy names like the Truffle Tremor (goat’s and black truffles, with a soft and crumbly consistency), or with creative ingredients like in the vegan Double Cream Chive (cashew nut milk and mild herbal garlic, with a soft consistency). It takes a forward-thinking establishment to serve vegan cheese. They also serve a constantly rotating selection of 22 wines by the glass, and an impressive selection by the bottle. I’ll be back to sample some wines from Washington, a region I’ve been wanting to learn more about since it’s so close to my hometown in British Columbia Canada.
If you want an elevated, personalized tasting experience with a local focus, I’d definitely recommend checking out West Coast Wine and Cheese.
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