Meet Our Team
Gary Marcaletti - CEO, Owner & Head Hancho
Gary Marcaletti is the blood, sweat and tears behind the San Francisco Wine Trading Company. Having started the company as Mr. Liquor in 1976, he's spent his career adapting and shifting the business, relaunching as the company as SFWTC in the 90s. A stalwart in both the West Portal and wine communities, Gary has a regular clientele and a loyal following. It isn't often that he can be found outside the store, but when he is, he's up in Sonoma or sharing food and wine at the table with family and friends. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Sporer - Inventory Manager
Jack Sporer grew up around the corner from the SFWTC and spent weekends in Sonoma Valley, where his uncle manages and produces Bucklin wines. Before joining the team, Jack graduated from Providence College with a degree in Biology. He followed that up with three consecutive wine harvests, initially working in Sonoma, next in Australia, and most recently in Bordeaux. In fact, some of the wine he helped to produce can be bought at SFWTC. While winemaking is his passion and final goal, he wanted to take time to develop his palette and knowledge of the world’s wines while living in his hometown. In his free time, Jack enjoys home-brewing beer, playing ultimate frisbee, and San Francisco’s varied and exciting nightlife. He is partial to Belgian-style beers and well-balanced reds from all over the world.
Julia Marcaletti - Wine Buyer
Bay Area native and long-time Francophile Julia Marcaletti has spent her career in wine, food, and the hospitality industry. Before signing on with SFWTC, Julia worked for Air France, Westin Hotels, and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. As our wine buyer, Julia is responsible for sourcing some of the finest wines from around the world, and planning our well-attended weekend wine tastings. While a rotating cameo of talented winemakers, importers, and distributors keep Julia's palate busy, she prefers to drink the wines of Loire Valley and Southern Rhône--that is, unless she can get her hands on a rare bottle of Masseto from Tuscany! For help ordering any of our wine selections, or information on our marketing or special events, please contact email@example.com.
Fred Tocchini - Spirits Buyer
Fred Tocchini was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Being the son of a winemaker exposed Fred to the nuances of taste and place early on. Prior to working for SFWTC, Fred spent ten years in real estate, fine tuning his sales experience enough to realize it is best used in the wine and spirits business, his lifetime pursuit. Since coming on board in 2010, Fred has become our spirits buyer, shipping manager, and resident spirits and beer expert. Fred's motivation (and possibly caffeine intake) often has him flying between the warehouse and the spirits room at mach speeds, so when he's at home, he enjoys taking a load off listening to reggae and sipping rye Manhattans up, garnished with sweet Luxardo cherries. For help ordering one of our rare spirits, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Pepitone - Wine & Spirits Consultant
Michelle Pepitone has spent the majority of her life in Marin County, within arm's reach of both wine country and San Francisco's vibrant restaurant scene. When her first career in the mental health field left her disheartened, a cool glass of Prosecco and a good conversation with her dad moved her in the direction of the wine and spirits business. Soon after, she started working in both restaurants and wine retail, and she's been a member of the SFWTC team since 2002. Although the majority of her free time is spent in volunteering as an ESL tutor and sourcing wines for charity organizations, Michelle loves to cook, invent new cocktail recipes, and sip on crisp white wines and earthy reds. For assistance ordering wines or spirits, please contact email@example.com.
Kerry Winslow - Wine & Spirits Consultant
Kerry Winslow hails from California's beautiful Monterey Peninsula, due north and south of some of the finest wine regions in the United States. It's no surprise that his passion and enthusiasm for wine has been a life-long pursuit. Over the years, Kerry has worked for wineries, restaurants, and fine wine merchants from everything to sales, marketing, management and buying, giving him insight into the many aspects of the business. His love of wine and travel has also lead him to Italy and Germany, where he's had the chance to visit and taste with growers. When he's not touring local wineries here in California, Kerry can be found on the soccer field. For any information about German, California, or Italian wines, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Small - Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Sarah Small grew up in Redwood City and has spent her career wearing many hats in office administration. In addition to handling all billing and payments for SFWTC, Sarah spends her time putting out fires and keeping the rest of us organized. The family atmosphere here at the store is what initially attracted her to the team, and she spreads her sunny disposition wherever she goes. When she’s not adding to the caloric intake of the team with her irresistible baked goods, Sarah moonlights in her parents’ carnivorous plant store in Half Moon Bay, listens to live music, and enjoys barbecues and small batch bourbons. For billing questions, please contact email@example.com.
Suzanne McKee - Wine & Spirits Consultant
Suzanne McKee grew up in Southern California near Santa Barbara and spent her summers on a ranch in Oregon. She was first introduced to wines nine years ago, when first attending our weekly tastings here at the store. Suzanne now lives the good life in Santa Cruz, where she manages a bed and breakfast during the week. On the weekend, however, Suzanne runs the show at the SFWTC Wine Bar, where she enjoys educating customers, pouring wines, and pairing delicious cheeses with them. Trying new wines is one of her favorite parts of the job. Lately, she's been hooked on the Arbin Mondeuse from the Savoie...which, of course, pairs exceptionally well with cheese!
Austin Saladin - Wine & Spirits Consultant
Growing up in Napa's picturesque town of Saint Helena introduced the wine world to Austin Saladin at a very young age. After having worked in the tasting rooms of artisan wineries like V. Sattui, Merryvale, and Castello Amorosa, Austin became enamored with the business. In addition to speaking fluent Italian, Austin studied Business Administration and Marketing, earning his degree from San Francisco State in 2013. We're pleased to finally have his skillset on our team full-time now. While Austin is naturally partial to the wines of Napa and Sonoma, he also loves Spanish and Italian wines. In fact, he's been known to tuck a bottle or two into his backpack when he goes hiking in Yosemite or out wake boarding with friends. For more information about ordering wines and spirits, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie Shanahan - Warehouse Manager
Charlie Shanahan is the newest member of our team and already is standing out as our best dressed. Known to wear a sport coat, vest, tie, and Ray Bans when making deliveries or coordinating shipments, this dapper San Francisco native believes that 'life's too short not to dress up.' Charlie is responsible for our warehouse, shipping, and deliveries, and takes care of our customers' cellars here at SFWTC. While eager to learn about wines and spirits, Charlie is more of a lager man, himself, but is opening his taste buds to new experiences. His positive attitude is contagious. On weekends, Charlie can be found hanging out with friends listening to live music in the park, hiking, or hanging out on the beach.