James is local born & bred and started his working life in hospitality. He climbed the ranks to Supervisor & In-Store Trainer at Loch Fyne where he began learning about his favourite food, Seafood. Then more recently James worked as Assistant General Manager for Côte Brasserie, assisting in opening several branches and in the process discovering his passion for wine. James has settled very quickly into the wine industry, taking the role at Connoisseur Estates of Wine Logistics Coordinator. James’ other passions include TV & Film, in which he appeared as extras in various movies such as Harry Potter and X-Men and TV shows such as Inbetweeners and New Tricks. James’ passions extend widely into music and often visits gigs and concerts; he also plays keyboard for up and coming rock band Veridian.
James’ favourite wines are full bodied reds, particularly those from Bordeaux but his current favourite from our portfolio would be the Bastide Saint-Dominique Réserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Secrets de Pignan’, which is unusually 100% Grenache.