Briana Perez’s love and enthusiasm for wine began in her early years as she gained immense knowledge from her wine connoisseur and dining expert father. For her 21st birthday, Briana traveled to Napa Valley, CA where she solidified her passion to pursue the fine arts of wine. In 2019, Briana received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Hospitality at Florida International University, Miami FL. Briana’s wine career began as a student when she was nominated and selected for the Banfi Scholastic Tour where she traveled throughout Italy and furthered her knowledge of wine with her late Professor, mentor, and talented Sommelier, Chip Cassidy. Briana attributes much of her passion for wine to Chip Cassidy, as she frequently notes his passion helped her find hers. Throughout college, she gained Associate experience with Crown Wine & Spirits, and post-graduation was offered the position of Assistant Store Director for the French Wine Merchant on Palm Beach Island. In February 2020, Briana received her Certification as a Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and currently holds not only the position as Assistant Store Director but also Head Sommelier at The French Wine Merchant, being the youngest Sommelier on Palm Beach Island. When asked what Briana’s favorite wine is, her response is always “Champagne of course! It’s bubbly, complex, and expensive! Just like me haha”.