Wine has always been a part of Kseniia’s life, for as long as she can remember. She was born in central Russia (the southern part of Siberia). I know what you’re thinking…YES, it is very cold there! Luckily her grandparents lived on the coast of Black Sea, so she would go to see them every summer. Funny enough, every single family in that region grows vines, but not always with the intent of growing grapes for wine though. For instance, her grandparents decided to plant 4 vines around the gazebo in their backyard to make it look nice. Years later, they faced a problem ‘what are we going to do with all the fruit?!”. “Well, let’s make some wine”- said Kseniia’s grandfather. And it turned out to be quite delicious!
Kseniia graduated college with a degree in linguistics focusing on English and German languages. In those years, she spent a lot of time travelling around the world, exploring new cities, cultures, food and of course WINE.
Her passion for wine increased while she was pursing her career in the restaurant industry. Food and wine pairings were always one of those things that excited her most and she wanted to learn the science behind it, so she enrolled in WSET Level 3. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun. The wine world can be intimidating and hard at first, but at the end of the day it’s very simple. It’s only wine and it’s meant to be enjoyed!
After 8 years in Cape Cod, MA she moved to Atlanta. The first thing that popped in her mind when she landed was “I need a bottle to celebrate”. Perrine’s was the first store that she went to, but she visited many others after, but nothing quite stood up the Westside location. The atmosphere, selection, staff…. she thought ‘I want to work here!’
My father-in-law once said: ‘A true sign of mastering something is one’s ability to teach it’. So that’s exactly what she is doing!