Eric Palmer grew up near Philadelphia and got his first job when he was 14 at McDonalds. He worked a variety of jobs, but after “falling in love with wine” he decided to take the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course followed by studying Beverage Management at The University of Massachusetts and an internship at Blantyre, a small Relais & Chateaux resort in New England. It was here he realized the possibility of wine as a career. In 2020 Eric moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to help open The Chastain restaurant. Under the mentorship of Beverage Manager Juan Cortes, Eric rose to the position of Assistant Sommelier and helped develop a programme that won a Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”. In 2022 Eric joined Perrine’s Wine, an independent retail shop with two locations. An active member of Atlanta’s vibrant wine community, Eric participates in multiple tasting groups, works wine dinners and events throughout the city, and mentors those studying for the competitions and exams.