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Wine Girl: A sommelier's tale of making it in the toxic world of fine dining by [Victoria James]
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"[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
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Victoria James has worked in restaurants since she was thirteen. She was certified as a sommelier when she was twenty-one, making her the youngest sommelier in the country. She was Food & Wine’s Sommelier of the Year in 2018, and has appeared on both Forbes and Zagat’s “30 Under 30” lists. She has worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in New York City, including Marea and Aureole. Currently, she is the Beverage Director and partner at Cote, a Michelin-starred hot spot in the Flatiron district. She is the author of Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé, which Harper Design published in 2017.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B081PGMLJ8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fleet (March 19, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 19, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1462 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 341 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0062961675
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Victoria James is a sommelier and beverage director/partner at Cote Korean Steakhouse where she recently received a James Beard nomination for &quot;Outstanding Wine Program.&quot; She has worked in restaurants since she was thir&shy;teen and when she was twenty-one became certified as a sommelier, going on to work in Michelin-starred dining rooms such as Aureole and Marea. Victoria’s name has appeared on many no&shy;table lists: Forbes and Zagat's &quot;30 Under 30,&quot; Food &amp; Wine's &quot;2018 Sommelier of the Year,&quot; Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40.” She is the author of DRINK PINK, A Celebration of Ros&eacute; (HarperCollins) and WINE GIRL, The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier (Ecco/HarperCollins). She has a quarterly print column for Forbes magazine and has contributed to Munchies, Cosmopolitan, and Bon App&eacute;tit. She is also a co-founder of the 501c3 non-profit, WINE EMPOWERED, which offers tuition-free wine classes to women and persons of color in the hospitality industry.

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4.0 out of 5 stars In some ways I hope some of the book is not true...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life as a sommelier, but not as you know it!
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