Perrine's Wine Shop

Team

Perrine Prieur

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.

Bethany Taylor

Manager, Certified Sommelier

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 Introductory Sommelier Exam in February 2017 and passed the Certified Sommelier Exam in January 2018 with the highest grade in her class!

“The best bottle of wine I have ever had is the 1999 Billecart Salmon Clos St. Hilaire. I am pretty much always in the mood for Champagne or interesting bubbles. Other favorites include Oregon Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Loire Valley (pretty much all of it), Txakolina, and reds from Jura.”

Marcela Mendieta

Certified Sommelier

From working in different luxury hotels and resorts in their food and beverage programs for 8 years, this Miami native’s curiosity for knowledge lead her to move to Atlanta. Here she met several wine professionals, worked at The Ritz Carlton Buckhead, and completed The Court of Master’s Certified Course. Looking for more wine experience she left the restaurant business to come learn from the wonderful ladies of Perrine’s!

“If you ever want to buy me a bottle of wine, Riesling is always a safe bet! I am also always down for a glass of red Burgundy, particularly anything from Nuits-Saint-Georges, or interesting bubbles!”

Laura Purdy

Certified Specialist of Wine

Laura recently arrived in Atlanta after spending most of her adult life in Houston and NYC. After graduating college in New York and working at bars and restaurants for five years, she decided to move back to her hometown in Texas to pursue graduate school. She quickly found herself drawn back to her true passion in wine and worked in the top wine bars in Houston for 8 years. Laura passed her CSW in 2012 and has been learning as much as she can about the ever-changing wine industry since. While she loved her time in the service industry engaging with customers and colleagues alike, she was ready to take a leap and completely immerse herself in wine in a new industry. She feels lucky as an Atlanta newbie to have ended up in the capable hands of the three amazing women in wine she gets to work with everyday at Perrine’s.