In the style of European wine merchants, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant is a classic, hands-on, service-oriented shop for buying, tasting, and learning about wine. The nearly 3,000 square foot shop carries smaller production wines from around the world, as well as everyday, high-quality labels. There is a strong but selective emphasis on California and other American wines; wines from great French, Italian and Spanish producers; offerings from new regions – such as in New Zealand and Australia; and less widely recognized favorites from Germany and Austria. Icons help shoppers easily identify dry and sweet wines, organically grown wines, etc. Seated at the 20-seat, dark wood wine bar, visitors can taste from selections that change daily, or order any bottle in the store and have it served for a corkage fee of $6.00.
Owners Debbie Zachareas and Peter Granoff are two of the Bay Area’s most distinguished wine experts. Debbie conceptualized bacar, San Francisco’s acclaimed “wine-centric” restaurant, and is a judge at many wine competitions. Peter brings broad experience as a Master Sommelier, professional wine buyer, and pioneer in wine e-commerce. Along with guest speakers, Debbie and Peter offer wine lectures, many coordinated with the Saturday farmers market.