Savvy Sommeliers Gina Hopkins and Perrine Prieur
Savvy Sommeliers Gina Hopkins and Perrine Prieur rock the city with their decadent new destinations: H&F Bottle Shop and Perrine’s Wine Shop.
As seen in The Atlantan, November 2010
|By Amanda Lester Trevelino / Photos by Sarah Dorio|
Your can’t rush a fine wine, nor apparently, a fine wine and spirits destination. But when H&F Bottle Shop opens its doors (“soonish”) we expect an elegant emporium that reflects the tireless research of sommelier Gina Hopkins, chef Linton Hopkins, mixologist Greg Best and partners Andy Minchow an Regan Smith. The team traveled the world, becoming disciples of European wineries and Kentucky distilleries, to create a variety of private label libations that are likely to redefine Southern hospitality. Hopkins describes the rich 2,200-square foot entertaining emporium as a “modern apothecary” where we can indulge our inner mixologist with cocktail kits and party recipes, or opt for immediate gratification with no fewer than 2500 ready-to-go choices of chilled wine.
Perrine Prieur grew up on a vineyard in Burgundy, not far from Chablis. So, maybe it isn’t surprising that by the time most teens obsess over a summer job or a first romance, Prieur had discovered both her career and her life’s passion: the grape. From inside her self-styled French Provincial wine boutique in Atlanta’s emerging Westside, she recalls