George Passot grew up in Lyon, the culinary capital of France. His first taste of wine came when he was quite small. His grandmother would serve La Sicanne on hot summer days. La Sicanne consists of a bit of red wine, water, sugar and day old bread served chilled.

After working at a Transport Company for several years, George studied wine in Nice under a master sommelier for two years. Georges continued his studies at the University of Bordeaux where he received a diploma DUAD. He studied enology, viticulture and degustation (tasting). Following graduation, he worked as a sommelier in Nice, Evian and Biarritz, Soon he immigrated to America and joined his brother Roland in Texas.

In 1988, Roland and his wife, Jaime, opened La Folie on Polk Street with George and he has been running the wine program since.