Sommelier Victoria James of Drink Pink - Biography

New York, NY

September 2017

Washington, D.C., native Victoria James worked in restaurants growing up, but it wasn’t until she needed extra cash in college that she got behind the bar. At 21, after a cellar-hand gig at Harry’s Café and Steak, James became certified sommelier. 

James has worked at some of the most lauded restaurants in New York City, including Aureole and Marea, spending two years at each while helping to open Michael White’s Ristorante Morini in between. After serving as beverage director of Michelin-starred Piora, she now runs the wine program for its new sister restaurant Cote.

James travels to vineyards around the world, writing about the stories behind wines for her blog, Get Your Grape On. She has been named to several notable lists, including Zagat’s “30 Under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40 Tastemakers,” Forbes’ “10 Innovators Under 30 Shaking Up the New York Food Scene,” and Wine & Spirits’ “Best New Sommeliers.” Her book Drink Pink, which she co-authored with Lyle Railsback, came out in May 2017. It’s about rosé.