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George James

Full name and nickname

George Bidewell James AKA Jorge

Where did you grow up

Paris, france

Where did you go to school

University of Manchester, UK

What is your education

Degree Honours Hispanic Studies 2001
Chartered Accountant 2010

How long have you been here?

Since 2015

Where are you from, originally?

Paris, France

What’s the best Black Hills event you have been to and why?

Midsummer Night’s Dream – it’s relaxed. It’s hot, aqualillies are amazing. You do feel like you are in Miami. And I wore a banana shirt.

Top 3 BC wines other than Black Hills?

Culimina Hypothesis
Painted Rock Icon
SYL Ping

What’s your favourite grape?

Cabernet Sauvignon

When you are not at Black Hills working, what are you doing?

Going for walks with my wife & dog.

Pets or kids?

Pets – Dog named Oakie, and Alastair and Salty the cats, plus 60 fish – in a pond

What vacation spot is at the top of your bucket list?

New Zealand

What’s your fav country?


If you could acquire a skill or talent with the snap of a finger, what would it be?

Reading women’s minds

Secret talent or achievement or skill people might not know you have?

I speak 4 languages and have visited 60 countries

Watch sports/activity or do them?

If so, which sport? Watch all sports. Play squash and golf in summer.

Sweet or salty?


Head chef or diner?

Cook. Wing it not cookbook.

If you cook, favourite dish to cook?

Fish – halibut. Baked

Favourite dish to eat?

Foie Gras

Favourite pairing ever?

Foie Gras & Sauternes

Most memorable meal?

My wedding rehearsal dinner at the former Amante Bistro in Penticton, cooked by chef Abul Adame              

Favourite Black Hills wine other than Nota Bene?

Cellar Hand Red

Guilty pleasure?


Android or iPhone?


Favourite app?

Genius scan & snipping tool


Younger sister

Stelvin or cork?


Red or white?