Wine Girl: The Trials and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier

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About the Author

Victoria James has worked in restaurants since she was thirteen. She fell in love with wine and when she was twenty-one became certified as a sommelier. She has worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in New York City including Marea and Aureole. She is now the corporate beverage director of Piora in the West Village, and their new restaurant Cote. Victoria's name has appeared on many notable lists: Zagat's 30 Under 30, Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40, Forbes' 10 Innovators Under 30 Shaking Up the New York Food Scene, Wine & Spirits Best New Sommeliers, and declared her "New York's Youngest Sommelier." She travels as much as possible to vineyards around the world and writes about the stories behind the wines. In her free time, she makes Amaro from foraged plants. She lives in New York City with her sister Laura, her boyfriend, Lyle, and her dog, Rocco.


"[James's] story...exudes warmth as she breezily weaves in her knowledge and passion for wine and shares the generous love she has for her siblings, friends, and husband. An inspiring, captivating story of resilience. " -- Kirkus Reviews

"Gritty, eloquent...a captivating story of resilience from a sommelier who hustled hard to conquer her profession."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Wine Girl is funny, bracing, disturbing, and above all necessary. Victoria reveals the best and darkest in who we are and how we dine. I couldn't put it down." -- Bianca Bosker, NYT Bestselling author of Cork Dork

"Sommelier Victoria James's deeply personal book is by turns harrowing and inspiring, incomprehensible and educational. From Wine Girl, I learned as much about the resilience of the human spirit as I had about the wonders of wine. And turned the last page with a profound feeling of gratitude to Victoria for sharing her story and becoming a model for women everywhere." -- Dana Cowin, former editor-in-chief of Food and Wine

"While informative about what it takes to become a sommelier, the focus of this moving memoir is more on James's personal journey. A satisfying read." -- Library Journal

"Victoria James's journey from roadside-diner waitress, theme-park fairy princess, and drug-addled victim of abuse to the pinnacle of New York's haughty wine world reads like something out of a great fable by Charles Dickens. This affecting, informative memoir is crucial reading for wine lovers, food lovers, and anyone thinking about making their way in the rough-and-tumble world of big-time restaurants." -- Adam Platt, New York Magazine restaurant critic