Zach discovered his love for wine early on in his tenure in the hospitality industry, working in various venues throughout the country including New Orleans, New York and the San Francisco bay area. His experience includes many years as a sommelier, consultant and educator, including a long career as Beverage Director for Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco.  Zach has also participated in various wine tasting panels including the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and judged for the Santa Cruz Wine Mountains Commercial Wine Competition. He's designed and led corporate wine tastings, tours, and workshops for both the trade and amateur wine lovers alike in addition to his work as a wine educator with the San Francisco Wine School and the WSET.

He holds the Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the WSET, the Certified Wine Educator credential with the Society of Wine Educators, the FWS with French Wine Society, and is a French Wine Scholar Instructor and Certified Instructor with the WSET.

Following extensive travels across the globe – both wine-related and otherwise – he is now the Beverage Director for Lazy Bear Restaurant in San Francisco.

Hoping for Heat After Cold, Wet Start to 2012 in the Loire Valley

Residing in France for the past four months has been an amazing, enlightening experience. Plenty of traveling, both in and out of France, has enriched my life in ways I never thought possible. My one complaint, if you will indulge me, has been the weather.


San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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