Feb 12, 2023Perrine's Wine Shop Admin


Check out interview between Perrine & André below!

Despite having a successful career with Citicorp Investment Services, André Hueston Mack decided to leave his “desk job” to pursue his passion for wine. While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack discovered the joys of introducing guests to the little known vineyards that first attracted him to the business and “the instant gratification of a guest’s reaction.” While still in Texas, Mack was awarded the prestigious title of Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaine des Rotisseurs. This recognition propelled him into the opportunity to work as a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Mack went on to accept the position of Head Sommelier at Keller’s equally famed Per Se in New York City, where he managed a 1800 selection award-winning wine list and consulted with Chef Keller on menu and pairing development regularly. Winemaking has always been a dream of his and came to fruition when he set up shop under the moniker of Maison Noir Wines. Throughout his career Mack has forged unique relationships with luminary growers and winemakers from around the planet. It is with this prestigious group that Mack currently creates his wines.

Mack has been featured in major publications, such as Food and Wine, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The New York Times, Women’s Health, Ebony, and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Mack was honored in 2007 with The Network Journal’s 40-Under-Forty Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to business. Mack is a zealous wine educator who has been invited to host seminars as well as conduct panel discussions at numerous esteemed food and wine events. He enjoys sharing his fondness of wine with others.

In honor of Black History Month this year we have brought in all of André's Wines that we possibly could! Shop the André Mack 6 pack below:


A few years ago we had the pleasure of having André at Perrine's to promote his wines and his book, "99 Bottles: A Black Sheep's Guide to Life-Changing Wines". You can purchase it here on amazon along with his other coloring and culinary activity book "Small Thyme Cooks: Culinary Coloring and Activity Book" (LOVE them both, and highly recommend!).

If you aren't already a fan, check out his youtube channel on Bon Appetit "The World of Wine". 

 Interview with Andre & Perrine 2-12-2023


P: "If you had one, What was your WOW wine?
AM: My WOW wine, believe it or not was Voss Sauvignon Blanc – it was a complete revelation and as simple as it sounds, it really showed me the diversity within white wine, and I can honestly say at that particular moment I was completely hooked.
P: What made you want to get into the winemaking?
AM: I think what attracts a lot of people to the wine industry is their own curiosity – I’ve never met someone in the industry who wasn’t curious. I remember tasting with sales reps and it was always my curiosity that had me circling back around and asking myself. Why does this wine taste this way, is it what they do in the Vineyard or what they do in the winery. Ultimately, I wanted to continue to learn about wine to satisfy my curiosity and what better way to do that then to make my own wine
PP: if you are able to set back what are you the most proud of?
AM: I have to say I’m pretty proud to just be in the industry and the fact that people are inspired by my career. All feels pretty damn good.
PP: and what are you drinking these days?
AM: Besides magnums of premier cru burgundy I’ve been drinking a lot of my new Rye project called Rye and Sons
PP: We are honoring Black History month, I would love if you could share some name of people you are super proud of.
AM: Regarding Black History Month I’ll just say this: I’m super proud of everyone as we continue to push forward to an industry that is open and diverse.
PP: André you continue to inspire me everyday! Love you and everything you do! Keep making good wine! 




ANDRÉ MACK PACK ~ Available February 13th -19 

Let Andre take you on an amazing ride with this 6 pack comprised of 2 white whines, one Rosé and 3 of his reds.  You won't want to miss it!

Each pack contains a bottles of each:


2020 Maison Noir Wines "Bottoms Up”, Oregon, USA
Bottoms Up is predominantly Riesling with equal parts Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer playing a small supporting role. Chin-dripping peaches, aromatic citrus, great acidity, and just a kiss of sweetness.

2021 Maison Noir Wines "O.P.P." Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Other People’s Pinot Gris is like Juggling Apples, Pears and Peaches while dancing to Pharell's "Happy" - enthralling, upbeat, fresh and deluxe.

2021  Maison Noir Wines "Love Drunk” RoséWillamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi.

2021  Maison Noir Wines "O.P.P" Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Other People’s Pinot is classic Oregon Pinot—earmark Willamette Valley.  Earthy, spicy, floral, herb-framed flavors of cherry with gingery wood spice tones.

2020 In Sheep's Clothing Cabernet  Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA
In Sheep's Clothing delivers a ripeness of fruit flavors while preserving the acidity that gives the medium to full-bodied wine a sense of freshness. With layers of cassis, blueberries, and black cherries, this wine lends to a New World style of fruit with more of an Old World structure with a hint of wood smoke.

NV  Maison Noir Wines "Horseshoes & Hand-Grenades", Oregon & Washington, USA
Horseshoes & Handgrenades is fruit-driven, full-bodied complex red blend sourced from Southern Oregon and Red Mountain Washington.  The rich, ripe, voluptuous fruit comes from Oregon Syrah with just enough Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give it complexity and structure


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