• Alice Prenat

EMPOWERED MADAMES: VICTORIA JAMES, ON HOW SHE WORKED HER WAY UP THE AMERICAN SOMMELIER WORLD

Updated: Nov 9, 2020




SERIES INTRO


Through my work as a portrait photographer between Paris and New York,

I get to meet amazing personalities, women, and men.

Through the recent challenging times (covid19 NYC lockdown) it struck me that what I MISS the most, and so what drives me to wake up in the morning, is to meet the people I photograph, get to know their stories to create those soulful portraits of them.


After a photoshoot, I am always literally 'high' from all the exchange of energy

and SUPER inspiring discussions that just happened in the studio.


So I decided to share all that stimulation with you

through the blog series "Empowered Madames" as... the saying goes:


"Empowered women empower women"








VICTORIA JAMES

victoria james book wine girl




WHO IS VICTORIA JAMES?


When I welcomed Victoria at my portrait studio in New York, I quickly felt a woman full of vitality, ambition, and vision. In short: A woman on a mission. She has a natural beauty and grace while being warm and interested by the people she met at the studio that morning.

Victoria has quite of a story that she recently got published by Harper Collins in the book Wine Girl (See my review at the end of the article)


She has worked in restaurants since she was 13! She then worked her way up, with quite a drive, to get certified as a sommelier when she was twenty-one, making her the youngest sommelier in the US.


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. She 2 books published: « Drink Pink, a Celebration of Rosé » (a fact I love about the book is that her husband illustrated it in a wonderful way) and Wine Girl.

She is now the Beverage Director and partner at Cote, a Michelin-starred hot spot in the Flatiron district in New York.







HOW VICTORIA NOW EMPOWERS OTHER WOMEN


Because SO often "Empowered women empower women", it is with no surprise that Victoria has started an amazing initiative by founding, with 2 other female sommeliers Cynthia Cheng and Amy Zhou, an amazing project offering tuition-free wine education to women and minorities: Wine Empowered.