Victoria James grew up in restaurants and when bartending during college she decided to take her first wine course. The hook was instant and she became a cellar rat in downtown manhattan at Harry's Cafe and Steak. In 2011 she worked harvest for Michael Terien in Sonoma and then continued her studies with the American Sommelier Association in Viticulture and Vinification as well as blind tasting. Shortly after she accepted a Sommelier position at Charlie Palmer's Aureole in midtown Manhattan.  In competitions, she has won the title of Best Sommelier of the Languedoc Roussillon with the ASA as well as New York's Guild Somm Chilean Wine Challenge Winner.  Currently she is an instructor with the American Sommelier Association and tries to travel to wine regions around the world as often as possible. She will be part of the opening team at Michael White's newest New York venture, Ristorante Morini, in November.