Sommelier Perrine Prieur Recommends Wine at Both High and Low Price Points

White Wine

Perrine’s Wine Shop is one of the premier stores of its kind in Atlanta. Located in West Midtown, Perrine’s was founded by Certified Sommelier Perrine Prieur in 2010. A native of Burgundy, France, Perrine’s family has been in the wine business for nearly 30 years. It is safe to say wine is in her blood. We visited Perrine’s to get her expert opinion on two quality white wines of opposite prices to buy this season.

Inexpensive

2016 La Milla Albariño, Rais Baixas, Spain, $20.99

This fairly inexpensive albariño is grown in the northwest part of Spain, near the Atlantic Ocean, which gives the wine more salinity. It is an amazing wine, especially for the price. 

La Milla is a certified organic winery as well. They use no pesticides or insecticides in the growth or harvesting process.

The wine gives off the aroma of stone fruit, golden apple, red apple skin and pear. It is a fresh and crisp wine that one can drink as an aperitif or pair with fresh shrimp or fish.

Expensive

2015 Hubert Lamy, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru” Les Chaumées, Burgundy, $132.99

Although the label does not say so, this wine is made with chardonnay grapes. Do not be fooled; this is not the heavy and creamy mainstream chardonnay that became highly popular years ago—this 2015 boasts a beautiful oak taste and acidity.

Aged in oak barrels, the wine is made in very small qualities. Unlike inexpensive white, this wine is not meant to be consumed upon purchase. It can be aged 10-15 years. 

The limited-yield chardonnay is best paired with roasted chicken, monkfish, mushroom risotto or lobster with lemongrass.

Red Wine

In addition to being a great adult beverage, red wine is good for you as well. It contains antioxidants, boosts the immune system and lowers cholesterol. There are a good number of reds that range in price from around $15 per bottle to well into the hundreds. Perrine picked out a couple of her favorites that fall on both ends of the price spectrum. Aging time, distillation process and grape quality all play a big part in wine price. Here are her picks.

Inexpensive

2014 Quinta De Saes, Dao, Portugal, $16.99

This Dao red is aged for around 18 months in second- and third-use French oak barrels, hence the sub-$20 price point. It is made with a blend of four grapes: touriga nacional (the same grape used in port), tinta roriz, alfrocheiro and jaen. 

The initial sip of Quinta De Saes gives off a floral and spicy yet sweet taste. On the nose, you’ll notice fresh cherry, pomegranate, candied violet, rose petal and flint.

Perrine suggests pairing it with a red meat and beans. 

Expensive

2015 Porseleinberg Syrah, Swarland, South Africa, $99.99

This wine is on the higher side of the price spectrum because it is made of 100 percent syrah grapes and is produced in very small quantities. A unique aspect of the aging process for this South African syrah is that it is aged and fermented in a giant concrete egg. This process reduces oxidation, and it also keeps the fruit cool during fermentation.

The palate is bright and intense yet delicious. The nose gives off an aroma of cherries and pomegranate. 

Syrah and lamb or duck are a great pairing.