Victoria James

Victoria James

Sommelier & partner, COTE
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Victoria James is a superstar in the food and wine industry, an international best-selling author, the country’s youngest certified sommelier, and a Michelin-starred restaurant veteran. Currently the beverage director and a partner at the Michelin-starred food group COTE, she’s also the founder of the COTE Wine Club, for which she received a James Beard nomination.

After working at numerous high-end restaurants in New York City, she began to appear across food and wine publications with features in Zagat’s “30 Under 30” and Wine and Spirits’ “Best New Sommeliers.”

James makes her specialized wine knowledge accessible to a wider population through her writing. Her books, Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé and Wine Girl, have made it onto bestseller lists across the globe. She is also the co-founder of Wine Empowered, a nonprofit that offers tuition-free wine and sommelier courses to women, people of color, and underserved populations.

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