Debbie Zachareas

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant & Bar
San Francisco, CA

By developing many of San Francisco’s most innovative wine programs, Debbie Zachareas has helped to shape the city’s wine culture. In addition to conceiving and developing one of San Francisco’s most innovative and extensive wine programs at bacar restaurant, she also helped develop Ashbury Market’s wine program, and EOS restaurant and wine bar. Nationally recognized by magazines such as Food and Wine and Saveur and as a wine competition judge, Debbie brings a passion for teaching and ethusiasm for new wines to her customers at the wine merchant.

Debbie Zachareas, 41, is wine director and co-owner of Bacar restaurant and the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. She is also a wine instructor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and was named by Bloomberg Markets one of the country's leading sommeliers.

In 1991, Zachareas came to San Francisco from her hometown of New York. Three years later she became a buyer for Ashbury Market, well known for its selection of fine wines. There she earned a reputation for ferreting out and promoting top-notch wines made by lesser producers. It was at Ashbury that she met future business partner, Arnold Eric Wong.

After working with Larry Stone, master sommelier at San Francisco's Rubicon restaurant, Zachareas created the wine program at EOS, a wine bar and restaurant. By 2000 she and Wong opened the innovative Bacar, a restaurant built around wine. The restaurant has a three-story-tall wine wall and serves at least 100 wines by the glass. And if that wasn't enough, Bacar carries hundreds of bottles and half bottles from each wine region in the world.