Owner and Partner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant @FPWM and Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant @oxbowcheesewine !

9/12 Owner and Partner Debbie Zachareas of FPWM, Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant

Debbie Zachareas

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from Owner and Partner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant @FPWM and Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant @oxbowcheesewine !

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We’d like to introduce you to @dzwine_debbie #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: It’s gr8 2B here on #SommChat most importantly BC we R promoting our upcoming @texsomiwa event which is a collaboration BW @winejames & me. This started BC the #wines that R entered in the competition are the highest level of any I have tasted in any competition in the US ever….

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: Having #wine accolades in the press or on a sticker of a bottle of wine is not as meaningful as having an event in #sanfrancisco where the consumers and the industry can taste and buy the wines…. #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: The beauty of this event is that the support has gone full circle in that we take gr8 wines and expose them to the public and the procreeds of the ticket sales are donated to 2 charities. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We're about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to #Wine Partner Debbie Zachareas to say hello & so she knows you're here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: As we ask @dzwine_debbie our Qs, you can ask #wine Partner Debbie Zachareas your Qs as well! She’ll do her best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: W so many participants lots of gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1--give a S/O 2 @keepercoll & @dzwine_debbie 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let's start talking #wine with Owner and Partner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant @FPWM and Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant @oxbowcheesewine @dzwine_debbie #WineWednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm How do you select the #wines that are featured at the event and how do ppl get tickets @dzwine_debbie ?

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: The #wines are selected by Master #Sommelier Peter Granoff @enorider my biz partner and me with the goal to create a well-rounded and diverse selection focusing on the top quality of #wines that we would want to sell in the store… #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: Tickets are available on our website bit.ly/161b37, in person, at the store, or on the day of the event. Tickets are only $35 for over 200 #wines - what a deal! We made the price inexpensive BC the goal is 2 make the event extremely accessible to every1. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm how long does the event last and what are the hours @dzwine_debbie

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: 3-7 pm this Sunday, September 16th in the Grand Hall of the Ferry Building - All 200+ #wines are listed on our website as well at bit.ly/161b37 #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @dzwine_debbie You are known for helping shape #SanFransisco #wine culture, to What can you attribute the success?

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: Honestly I have always just stayed my course and followed my heart and my instincts and still find it odd and complimentary that I have had such an impact. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @dzwine_debbie You are known for helping shape #SanFransisco #wine culture, to What can you attribute the success?

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: My main philosophy is that it is easy to present a #wine that ppl know and love but so much more gratifying to present a fantastic new discovery - that excitement continues to drive my passion for wine. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat Somm How long will the #wines from the event be on sale at your shop and what if there is limited amounts for some - how will the public know @dzwine_debbie

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: Not every #wine is immediately available at the store. We will craft selections based on special orders which we will offer 2 weeks after event. Order form will be available on day of the event & online. #wines with limited availibiltiy are noted on the order form…. #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: As an additional promotion we will offer 15% discount off of the award -winning #wines on the order forms. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @dzwine_debbie How did your love of #wine begin? Have you always wanted to be in the #wine business? #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: My parents will kill me for saying this but it was 1 of my 1st quotes when asked “my mother was a lousy cook and my dad drank jug wine.” It wasn’t self-preservation that brought me to this place. Like many, I started off waiting tables & truly fell N love w/ #wine... #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: It was at that moment that I put my pen down, put the application in the recycling bin and decided to follow my heart and go straight into the #wine Biz. I chose the retail side initially BC I felt that would give me the most exposure to all the #wines of the world. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm How many #wines do you usually carry in UR #wine shop @FPWM and how do you select those wines?

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: #wines at our shop have a rotation of about 6-700 #wines in #SFO and a smaller selection in #Napa @oxbowcheesewine. Our buying team tastes with suppliers every Thursday and focus on smaller production #wines and look 4 #wines that overdeliver for the price point… #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: We have never bought or sold a wine for our shops that is based on a third party review which is why curating the @texsomiwa selection is a very intense and personal process #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @dzwine_debbie Can you tell us about your work at @bacarSF ?

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: I founded @bacarSF in 1999 with Chef Arnold Wong & again the goal was to make #wine exciting and accessible which is why we initially had 100 #wines BTG in a very high volume resto…. #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: Any good #Somm will present a mix of #wines that make ppl feel comfortable and/or inspired. Our goal in the #hospitality biz is hospitality… #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm •@dzwine_debbie What has been the biggest takeaway from judging @texsomiwa #wine competition? #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: I guess the biggest takeaway for me is a little personal BC I am surrounded @texsomiwa by some of the greatest palates and smartest #wine professionals in the world….. #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: Most of the judges @texsomiwa have initials after their names and I do not. And 4 those who R aspiring 2B 1 of those professionals, I realized how difficult That process is and how meaningful they are. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what skill sets do you look for in hiring for your teams at @FPWM and @oxbowcheesewine ?

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: It is a combination of passion and knowledge but desire to learn is what you would need to get your start. PPL will survive working with me if they have a true passion for #wine BC they thirst to learn more. That is really important. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @dzwine_debbie Are you big on #wine and #food pairings? If so, what are some of your favorite? #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: I believe that #wine should most often be enjoyed with #food but the beauty of that is experimentation…. #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: You can follow the basic fundamental of #food and #wine pairing but sometimes a tomato can taste diff than another tomato and I will find myself using a #Riesling with 1 & a #gruner w/ the other. Sometimes it is all about subtly and individuality… #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: To date my most memorable #food and #wine pairing was an 85 Chave #Hermitage with a #pepperoni #pizza sitting on the floor of my brand new furniture- less home in #SFO #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with #Wine Owner and Partner @dzwine_debbie #WineWednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: It was great to have Owner and Partner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant @FPWM and Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant @oxbowcheesewine join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking Owner and Partner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant @FPWM

and Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant @oxbowcheesewine for her time #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: The #wine biz is all about giving back. I feel so blessed with my career that it is impt to give back to our planet. @texsomiwa & @TEXSOM Foundation is designed 2 educate our next generation of #wine professionals…. #SommChat

Debbie Zachareas @Dzwine_Debbie: The other charity supports our #firefighter efforts in #California - all of the tickets & raffle sales are going to these 2 501c3 and the #wines were generously donate & we have managed to bring #texas & #California together #SommChat