James began his wine journey while attending college, as a part-time stocker at his local liquor store. After months of refilling the wine shelves, he began to wonder, “what is so good about this stuff?” So, between 6 packs of craft beer and pints of cheap whiskey, he began to buy the occasional bottle of vino. It didn’t take long for him to see the light, and he caught the wine bug hard ( a bottle of jammy, old vine Zinfandel did it). Since then, he has worked as the “wine guy” at several retail stores around Atlanta, touring wineries and vineyards around the world, bugging winemakers and vignerons with ever-geekier interrogations. 4 years ago, James was lucky enough to join Perrine at the shop, where he has happily worked ever since. He especially loves helping customers find the perfect wine for their special meals; the moment when he “zeroes in” on a customer’s wine palate is the most rewarding part of working at Perrine’s.
When he isn’t drinking and selling wine, James enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, playing guitar in metal bands, hiking Georgia’s mountain trails, bumming around Atlanta, and reading. Although he has yet to find a wine style he doesn’t like, pour him a glass of fine Loire Valley Chenin Blanc or Oregon Pinot Noir, and he’s in heaven.
After being burnt out on a career in marketing, Bethany decided to make a change and explore a career in something she was truly passionate about – wine! She started working at a small wine shop in her neighborhood, working food & wine events, and reading every wine book she could get her hands on. A mutual friend introduced Bethany to Perrine and her shop and said, this is where you need to be. And in spring of 2016, Bethany joined Perrine’s Team and feels like she has finally found where she belongs! She loves it when she gets to know a customer’s wine preferences and feels very rewarded when they tell her she picked out the perfect wine for their occasion. Bethany passed her Certified Sommelier Exam in January 2018 with the highest grade in her class!
When she isn’t at the shop, Bethany enjoys cooking at home, reading anything in the fantasy/si-fi genre, and all types of fitness activities, including yoga, cross-fit, hiking, swimming, and playing soccer.
Certified Sommelier, Advanced in process
Owner, Certified Sommelier
Perrine Prieur arrived in America in October 2006, where she worked as the sommelier at JOËL Brasserie for 4 years.
Originally from Burgundy, France, just a few miles from Chablis, she grew up in the epicenter of the French wine region. Her family planted their first grapes in 1990.
Perrine developed a passion for food and wine at a very early age. At 14, she attended a private school focused primarily on the culinary arts and the hospitality business. For four years she extensively traveled throughout France, working in various kitchens eventually deciding to pursue her passion for wine. Upon graduating from the highly regarded Le Castel sommelier school, she moved to London to work as a sommelier in the Michelin 3 star restaurant Le Gavroche. This restaurant has the highest regarded wine cellar in London.
She earned a challenge medal for the best young sommelier in Bordeaux in 2004. Upon arriving in Atlanta in 2006 only speaking French, she learned English and got Certified Sommelier from the Master of Sommelier Institute.
Woof! I was a starving, scared puppy when Perrine rescued me in 2014. But when she took me in and brought me to the shop, I knew I’d found my home! I love saying hi to our customers, especially kids and other dogs. Sometimes I can be a bit shy, but a little rub behind the ears is all I need to warm up to you!