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The Arch: Alumnus Profile - Eric Brown '97
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Eric Brown, class of ’97, started out as a political science major with dreams of going to law school. After earning his degree he decided to take some time to himself before jumping feet first into another stretch of schooling. Brown waited tables for some time when he found a love of wine. (Even after being at UGA. And you all know what and how we drink). Deciding to move to Atlanta and become a certified computer engineer, he was able to learn more about some of the things he loved. Wine is Brown’s passion, and he collects many bottles today.

Le Caveau is the wine shop Brown runs. Walking into the store was an experience all on its own. Being immediately greeted and talked to like long-lost brothers and immediately picking his brain for wine qualities made the experience.

Le Caveau is French for "the vault” but truly means "small cellar.” When you walk inside you know exactly what it means. The walls are lined with some of the best wines and champagnes in the world. Brown specializes in Old World wines, but he also carries domestic products and wines from around the world. One of the things he enjoys most about his wine selection is that most of them are organic, meaning the wine he sells has the true fermented grape taste that wine is supposed to carry. Le Caveau is expanding its own horizons shortly as well. They will soon be receiving holiday beers.

One of the main attractions for wine-drinkers and non-wine drinkers alike is the wine club of Le Caveau. Brown introduces people to less recognizable wines to promote new flavors and expand the horizons of his clients. The wine club has made Le Caveau a loyal following, after starting up 8 months ago.

We received a number of great tips while we were there, among them: 

"Pair your sweet wines with spicy food. Dry wine goes with anything.”

"Food wines have a high acidity to compliment the food.”

If you are ever in the Atlanta area and you want to get an expert opinion on wine check out Le Caveau and say hello to Eric Brown.

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