Our Management Team & Buyers

Christine Questel

Christine Questel, Controller - christine@fpwm.com

Born December 25th, 1956 in Brooklyn NY. The best Christmas present my mom ever got! After being paroled from college in 1974 I traveled around counting bubbles and bartending till I found my heart in SF – 1988. Then in 2005 I found FPWM and took over as Controller and Chief Bubble Counter.



Sarah Knoefler, San Francisco Store Manager, Wine Buyer ~ sarah@fpwm.com

While spending a summer during college on an archaeological dig and discovering local wines in Tuscany, Sarah was inspired to teach herself about the world of wine. Having worked in many restaurant positions from line cook to server to general manager as well as wine director, Sarah has spent her entire life dedicated to food, wine and hospitality. A nationally recognized sommelier, she has spent the last 15 years in Bay area restaurants developing and sharing her knowledge of wine and spirits. Sarah now brings her experience and passion to make wine approachable and fun at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.



Chris Rivera, Mission Bay Store Manager ~ chrisr@fpwm.com

Joining the team all the way from New York City as the General Manager of our Mission Bay location is Chris Rivera. His passion for wine & spirits began during his years living in Europe as a professional classical trombonist. Eventually, he left classical music behind him and began working in restaurants. Starting as a bartender and eventually moving his way up to General Manager and eventually Director of Operations, Chris quickly realized the fast paced restaurant life is exactly where he wanted to be. In 2018, Chris decided to move out west in order to further his wine studies and enjoy the beautiful California coast with his wife and bulldog. 


Debbie Zachareas, Ferry Godmother, Owner/Partner, Wine Buyer - debbie@fpwm.com

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 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 enthusiasm for new wines to her customers at the wine merchant.

Peter Granoff, Master Sommelier, Owner/Partner, Wine Buyer, Free Wine Insulting - peter@fpwm.com

In his 40+ years in the wine business, Master Sommelier Peter Granoff has worn lots of hats. From schlepping boxes and bussing tables to receiving the 1991 "Sommelier of the Year" award from the James Beard Foundation and launching Virtual Vineyards (1995, the first U.S. entity to sell wine on the internet), Peter has traveled the world to immerse himself in almost all facets of the wine industry. He has been an adjunct member of the faculty at the Culinary Institute of America's Professional Wine Studies program, and is internationally known as a speaker, wine educator, wine competition judge, and provider of free wine insulting. He is currently serving on the Master Sommeliers Board of Directors. His goofy sense of humor and unconventional approach to the business of wine bring a refreshing change of pace to San Francisco's wine shops. Peter's own web site which indulges his passion for photography is here.

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