Meet Our Co-Founders
Once introduced during their time studying at the Culinary Institute of America and now taking on the world of wine together. Bonded by their love of good wine, good food, and making the traditional wine spaces more accessible to everyone.
Co-Founder • Certified Sommelier
Simi’s career with food & wine traces back to her freshman year at NYU when she fully began to realize how much joy she took in cooking. Since then Simi has been immersed in positions from New York City, London, and San Francisco that allowed her to gain a holistic understanding of the hospitality and restaurant industries with a specialization in wine and beverage. Simi holds a Certified Sommelier credential from The Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as a Certified Wine Professional (CWP) and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) through the Culinary Institute of America and Society of Wine Educators, respectively. When she's not immersed in the wine world, she also loves watching European football and hanging with golden retrievers. @simi1612
Co-Founder • Advanced Sommelier
Known for her relaxed style of wine education, Cara Patricia's motto is "Drink for Yourself", a reminder that regardless of the trends and fads of the beverage world, what is most important is what makes YOU happy. Cara has been specializing in wine and beverage since 2008. In September 2015, Cara earned her Advanced Sommelier credentials from the Court of Master Sommeliers. In addition, Cara is WSET Advanced, as well as a Certified Wine Professional (CWP) and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) through the Culinary Institute of America and Society of Wine Educators, respectively. She also holds certifications as California Wine Appellation Specialist from the San Francisco Wine School and French Wine Scholar from the French Wine Society. When she’s not drinking Cru Beaujolais, Cara is hanging out with her cats Siouxsie Sioux & Lydia Deetz. @CaraPatriciaSF
Meet Our Sommeliers
We have an amazing staff of knowledgeable Sommeliers and wine professionals.
Sommtender & Retail Specialist • WSET Level II
Bethany has been in the wine and beverage industry for over ten years. A native Californian, Bethany first began pouring wine at InnerFog in the Inner Sunset in 2010. She moved to New York City in 2012, where she worked at an upscale wine bar in the Upper West Side and a cocktail bar in Brooklyn. She took her love of wine and spirits to a new level in 2019 by receiving her Level 2 Award from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. Bethany is thrilled to be back living in San Francisco and joining the team at DECANTsf. When she’s not slinging drinks, Bethany is a professional contemporary dancer and has toured to over forty countries abroad. She also writes and plays her own music on guitar and piano and plays gigs around San Francisco!
Sommtender & Retail Specialist • WSET Level II
Parker brings nearly ten years of experience in fine wine to DECANTsf. Prior to joining our team, he worked as a sommelier and restaurant manager, most recently at Oakland, California's buzzy Hi Felicia Supper Club, although he joins us from the great state of Alabama. Working prior to that in Kansas City, Missouri, Parker possesses experience in a diverse group of markets, as well as a wide range of venues--from restaurants to wholesale, and more. Parker, who is otherwise an avid literature fan and a musician, lives in Walnut Creek with his wife Brittany and their two daughters, Biloxi & Silver.
Winemaker, Sommtender • WSET III
Sam has five years of experience in a variety of positions within the wine industry. She first got her start in wine at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she earned her degree in Wine And Viticulture. From there she embarked on the harvest trail, splitting time between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere’s premiere wine regions as a winemaking intern. Her repertoire includes Napa, New Zealand’s Central Otago, Croatia’s Adriatic Islands, Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and Chile’s Maule Valley. While she misses the thrills of traveling she is happy to have landed her current full-time title as a Lead Cellar Assistant with Scribe in Sonoma, where she assists the head winemaker in all things wine production, from stomping grapes and monitoring fermentations, to labeling and bottling finished wines. While the cellar offers a unique perspective into wine’s extensive lifecycle, she missed the service world and the ability to interact with wine on a personal basis aka Saturdays at Decant! When she’s not thinking about wine, find her cooking for relaxation, making wine in her garage, and exploring her new home: San Francisco!
Cellar Somm, Sommtender
An avid traveler and foodie, Karen Smith didn't start drinking truly great wine until she moved to San Francisco in 2016. An Illinois native and former corporate legal professional, Karen's wine career began in 2022, when she needed something to do and landed a role as a bartender at a boutique wine bar in Hayes Valley. Wishing to build upon her wine bar experience, Karen joined DECANTsf in early 2023, where she helps with administrative shop tasks, bartends, and fills her shopping cart with one of everything. Karen is excited to soon begin her WSET certification journey and continue expanding her wine expertise!
Our Team Vibe
DECANTsf started with a simple vision to create a place where we could all come together and connect. Today, we are disrupting the wine world, offering high quality yet approachable wines paired with an in-person, one on one customer service like no other. Our vibe is fun, eclectic, and inspiring. Our motto is come one, come all - everyone is accepted and appreciated – and bring good energy.
The atmosphere is fun and spirits are high
We see your potential and believe in your growth
Real teamwork, real connectedness, no drama