General Manager of Hospitality & DTC
Full name and nickname
Pauline-Andree Mary Gagnon a.k.a. Paullie
Where did you grow up
In a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house with 5 sisters in the suburbs of Montreal
Where did you go to school
Went to the biggest English emersion school in Quebec
Graduated in 1999 with a degree in Tourism Management
Wine Bursary Program
W.S.E.T. Level 2 completed
What do you do at Black Hills?
General Manager of Hospitality and DTC. Anything that has to do with direct to consumer, events and have an awesome.
What do you do before?
I was the wineshop manager at Hester Creek
How long have you been here?
I have 5 sisters
What’s the best Black Hills event you have been to and why?
I really like the end of harvest party that we have for the industry and the reason I like it is that it is a great networking opportunity. We get to sabre hundreds of bottles of sparkling BC wine.
Stelvin or cork?
Red, white, bubbles or rose?
Top 3 BC wines other than Black Hills?
Blue Mountain Brut, Tantalus Riesling, Kitsch Riesling
What’s your favourite grape?
Pinot Noir because it’s a harder grape to grow
When you are not at Black Hills working, what are you doing?
Whatever my dog tells me to do. Hiking on the KVR or at the beach or in my garden.
Pets or kids?
I have red heeler named Patchickles, and two cats Stout and Chachiman
What vacation spot is at the top of your bucket list?
What’s your fav country?
Czech Republic and Ireland
If you could acquire a skill or talent with the snap of a finger, what would it be?
Secret talent or achievement or skill people might not know you have?
I have been an organic farmer for the past 15 years
Watch sports/activity or do them? If so, which sport?
I am definitely a doer. I do a lot of hiking, biking and crossfitting.
BH: Sweet or salty? Salty.
Head chef or diner?
If you cook, favourite dish to cook?
I liking baking healthy things. I like inventing recipes.
Favourite dish to eat?
Raw fish - sashimi
Favourite pairing ever?
Bubbles and popcorn
Most memorable meal?
When I was in Spain. At the market they were serving wild mushrooms fried with olive and garlic and lemon juice and salt salt salt with a fresh baguette.
Favourite Black Hills wine other than NB?
The Alibi. It’s a breakfast wine. It’s a palate cleansing wine. It’s super refreshing.
Android or iPhone?