Toasts and Tastes recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Perrine Prieur of Perrine’s Wine Shop
If you have never been into her beautiful West Midtown shop, you owe it to yourself – or to someone you plan on gifting wine – to stop by and take in the experience of shopping with Perrine herself. We took some time to get to know her and her shop.
Toasts & Tastes: How did Perrine’s come about?
Perrine: I was working in a restaurant, and one day, I just decided I wanted to have my own wine shop.
T&T: What makes Perrine’s different from other wine shops?
P: Firstly, we hand-pick, taste and test everything in our shop. I have professional sommelier training and restaurant training, so I have a strong focus on making wine pairing easy and affordable for my customers. I spend about 95% of my time in my shop taking care of my customers and building a relationship with them. When I first moved to Atlanta I visited a lot of wine stores but found that many of them were the “package-store” style. I wanted to steer away from that and take a more feminine approach with a sole focus on wine. I put my name on the door and there’s a reason why. For me it’s not just about selling wine, it’s about selling good wine.
T&T: Are you a wine collector yourself?
P: I just recently started personally collecting actually, now that I have the storage for it!
T&T: What are the types of wines that you like to bring home?
P: Burgundy is my favorite, plus it’s where I’m from (in France). I also like some Italian wines as well.
T&T: What was the last wine you opened for a special occasion?
P: For me, everyday is special! If I had to choose one special bottle, it would be the 2007 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers bottle that I opened when a good friend of mine came into town.
T&T: What’s your philosophy on food and wine pairing?
P: It’s just [like] a knot. It’s magical, and when you do it right. It’s not easy. When you really want to do a food and wine pairing, it takes a lot of thinking. And it’s not always going to be the wine that you like to drink, so you have you to be willing to try.
T&T: My palette just recently graduated beyond drinking exclusively sweet wines and now my eyes are wide open to so many different selections. Is this typical?
P: I started that way when I was younger as well. I started with Rieslings from Germany, Pinot Grigio, and other sweeter wines, and now I’m not so much into them, unless it’s pairing them with the perfect meal. Then I’m all over them!
T&T: What are some good affordable wines?
P: The $10-$15 price range is where you can find some good wine for the price and then just $5 more at $15 – $20, you’d be even more surprised. You have to consider the cost of the grape, the winemaking process, the bottle, the shipping. When you’re drinking a bottle of wine that is under $10, it’s hard to get a good quality at that price.
T&T: What would you recommend for a splurge?
P: Champagne Salon, 1999. It’s $329 a bottle, but absolutely worth it.