From “Wine Girl” to Wine Mogul: How Victoria James Overcame The Odds and Became A Hospitality Rock Star!
The Black Wine Guy Experience
MJ’s guest today is Author, Sommelier and Restaurateur, Victoria James. As the Beverage Director and Partner at COTE in New York City and Miami, she recently received a second James Beard nomination for "Outstanding Wine Program." Victoria has worked in restaurants since she was thirteen, falling in love with wine so much that at age twenty-one she became certified as a Sommelier. She has worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in NYC including Marea and Aureole. Victoria’s name has appeared in Forbes "30 Under 30," Food & Wine's "2018 Sommelier of the Year," Zagat’s “30 Under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40,” Wine & Spirits’ “Best New Sommeliers,” and The Back Label declared her “New York’s Youngest Sommelier.” Victoria, along with her husband Lyle Railsback, is the author of Drink Pink, A Celebration of Rosé (HarperCollins) and the international bestseller Wine Girl, The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier (Ecco/HarperCollins). Along with COTE’s General Manager Amy Zhou and HR Director Cynthia Cheng, she founded Wine Empowered, a non-profit that aims to diversify the hospitality industry by offering tuition-free wine classes to women and minorities. In this episode, MJ and Victoria discuss Rose’, sexism and racism in the restaurant industry, working with Anthony Bourdain’s book editor (her dream editor), first job and life - and all the ups and downs that come along with it. Beauties and Gents, this is a full-bodied episode! Pour your favorite and let’s get started. A huge thank you to Victoria James!Follow her on IG @victoriajamesCheck out Wine Empowered: https://www.wine-empowered.comFollow them on IG @wineempowere This episode’s in studio wines:Camins2Dreams Gruner VeltlinerSta. Rita HillsCalifornia____________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguy Thank you to our sponsor Acker Wines! Listeners of the show will receive $25 off purchases of $100 or more with code BWG25 at checkout. (Retail store only)Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media. www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessary_media_ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Victoria James – Author and Beverage Director of COTE Victoria has worked in restaurants since she was a kid, and fell in love with the hospitality industry along the way. At 21 she became the country's youngest certified sommelier and today she's the beverage director at Michelin-starred COTE in New York City. But there’s more to Victoria than her accomplishments as a top tastemaker. Her best-selling memoir “Wine Girl” traces her struggles that could have set her back, but didn't. She pushed ahead through the boys club of the hospitality industry, and now she's hoping to transform it. Today we speak about the restaurant experience, sexism and overcoming adversity. Follow To Dine For: Official Website: ToDineForTV.com Facebook: Facebook.com/ToDineForTV Instagram: @ToDineForTV Twitter: @KateSullivanTV Email: ToDineForTV@gmail.com Thank You to our Sponsors! American National Insurance Spiritless - Use promo code TODINEFOR for free shipping Follow Our Guest: Official Site: VictoriaJames.info Instagram: @victoria___james Twitter: @GetUrGrapeOn
Miami has gained a new “wine girl” with the arrival of beverage director and sommelier Victoria James, and her impressive wine list at the newly opened Cote Miami (3900 NE 2nd Ave.) The New York City Korean steakhouse concept by restaurateur Simon Kim earned a Michelin star under his direction, along with James’ extraordinary attention to vino-detail.
Victoria James, Beverage Director, Cote Korean Steakhouse talks about her new book "Wine Girl"
The Grape Nation
Victoria James is an award-winning Sommelier and Beverage Director at Michelin starred Cote Korean Steakhouse in NYC. Victoria’s road to success was not an easy one as documented in her new memoir “Wine Girl” The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier”. It is an intense story of a childhood plagued by poverty, neglect, and abuse, and ultimately her ascension into the wine world as a woman. Victoria’s life was shaped by guys like Antonio, Cisco, Frankie, Enzo and Reynard, and women that were Countess’s and Cotton Pickers. Buckle up for a wild ride.Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support The Grape Nation by becoming a member!The Grape Nation is Powered by Simplecast.
WINE GIRL by Victoria James, read by Victoria James
Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine
Victoria James narrates her inside account of her remarkable rise to prominence as a sommelier in New York’s fine dining world. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss how James became the youngest sommelier in the U.S. at age 21, and her earnest and persuasive narration as she tells her story. Despite exploitation, harassment, and abuse, she perseveres and prevails, all while giving listeners an inside peek at the world of fine dining. Published by Harper AudioFind more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for Behind the Mic comes from Dreamscape Media, your library-first publisher who prides themselves on offering high-quality and accessible entertainment for the entire family. Dreamscape is passionate about their content and continually strives for excellence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Victoria James is the author of Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier, her coming-of-age story in the wine world. Victoria has worked in restaurants since she was thirteen and was certified as a sommelier when she was twenty-one. 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's worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in New York City and is currently a partner and beverage director at Cote, a Michelin-starred hotspot, and cofounder of Wine Empowered, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to diversify the hospitality industry by offering tuition-free wine classes to women and minorities. I loved talking to Victoria about how hospitality has represented so much to her - irreplaceable community and culture, but also sexism and disciminartion - and how she can use her story to help other people navigate the restaurant industry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
EP 1: Jacki Buys Victoria James & Lyle Railsback a Drink
ThirstyNest's Can I Buy You a Drink?
Jacki will interview Victoria James, who was the youngest Michelin-starred Sommelier in America, alongside her wine industry husband Lyle Railsback. They'll chat about how this wine power couple met, their dreamy wedding in a real-life Italian castle, and what advice they would give to couples getting married now.
76: Wine Girl Reveals the Wine World's Dark Side and Hope for the Future with Sommelier Victoria James
Unreserved Wine Talk
What’s it like serving wine to celebrities like Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus? How is being a sommelier different when you work at a Michelin-starred restaurant, especially when you're just 21 years old? Why is the wine world still largely an old boys club and how does that impact the wines you drink? Which shocking ingredients might you find in some non-organic wines? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we're chatting with Victoria James, author, restauranteur and the youngest person in the world to pass the certified sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Highlights What’s it like managing celebrity clientele while working in the upscale restaurant industry? What was the most expensive bottle of wine Victoria has ever sold? Why was Victoria's Christmas season encounter with Mariah Carey so bizarre? How can you build yourself up and create your own sense of importance? Which shocking ingredients might you find in some non-organic wines? What is it like for you to work at a Michelin starred restaurant at 21 years old? Why did Victoria want to reclaim the term “wine girl”? How did the Me Too Movement play a role in getting Wine Girl written? Was Victoria aware of the impact Wine Girl would make, especially on women? Why did Victoria decide to write her memoir even though she’s still in her 20s? Will you see people’s real names in Victoria's memoir? How has Wine Girl positively impacted readers? Why were the potential negative implications of putting her story out there were totally worth it for Victoria? What type of insidious effects do women in the wine and restaurant worlds often experience after going public with their stories? Is diversity well-represented in the wine and restaurant industries? What is the impact on you as a restaurant diner when wine lists are curated by the old boys’ club? What will you learn about rosé from reading Drink Pink? How is COTE restaurant adapting to changes caused by the pandemic? What new wine experiences can you have when you order COTE for delivery? How can you keep yourself from going stir-crazy while sheltering in place? What new innovations will you experience with a book tour during the pandemic? About Victoria James Victoria James is the Beverage Director and Partner at COTE and recently received a James Beard nomination for "Outstanding Wine Program." She has worked in restaurants since she was thirteen, 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. Victoria’s name has appeared on many notable lists: Forbes "30 Under 30," Food & Wine's "2018 Sommelier of the Year," Zagat’s “30 Under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40,” Wine & Spirits’ “Best New Sommeliers,” and The Back Label declared her “New York’s Youngest Sommelier.” She is the author of DRINK PINK, A Celebration of Rosé (2017, HarperCollins) and the upcoming book WINE GIRL (March 2020, Ecco/HarperCollins). She also has a print column for Forbes magazine, "Buy, Hold, Sell," and has contributed to Cosmopolitan, Munchies and Bon Appétit. Along with COTE's General Manager (Amy Zhou) and Events Director (Cynthia Cheng), she has founded WINE EMPOWERED, a non-profit that aims to diversify the hospitality industry by offering free wine classes to women and minorities. To learn more about the resources mentioned in this episode, visit the https://www.nataliemaclean.com/76.
An affecting memoir from the country’s youngest sommelier, tracing her path through the glamorous but famously toxic restaurant world At just twenty-one, the age when most people are starting to drink (well, legally at least), Victoria James became the country’s youngest sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Even as Victoria was selling bottles worth hundreds and thousands of dollars during the day, passing sommelier certification exams with flying colors, and receiving distinction from all kinds of press, there were still groping patrons, bosses who abused their role and status, and a trip to the hospital emergency room.It would take hitting bottom at a new restaurant and restorative trips to the vineyards where she could feel closest to the wine she loved for Victoria to re-emerge, clear-eyed and passionate, and a proud leader of her own Michelin-starred restaurant.Exhilarating and inspiring, Wine Girl is the memoir of a young woman breaking free from an abusive and traumatic childhood on her own terms; an ethnography of the glittering, high-octane, but notoriously corrosive restaurant industry; and above all, a love letter to the restorative and life-changing effects of good wine and good hospitality.
A Sommelier's Trials of "Tenderness": Victoria James
Victoria James started working in restaurants when she was thirteen, dropped out of college at nineteen, became the youngest sommelier in the U.S. at twenty-one, and is currently the Beverage Director and a partner at Cote Korean Steakhouse in NYC. Her trajectory has been fierce and fast and her love of wine has kept her reaching further. On this episode of Speaking Broadly, James tells host Dana Cowin about the harassment she experienced as an insecure young woman just starting out in the industry, overcoming her fear of being considered a dilettante if she wrote a book on rosé (she committed to going deep into quality, artisanal wines), and her plans for changing the hospitality industry into a healthier and more diverse environment. Speaking Broadly is powered by Simplecast