Victoria James recounts the opening of the acclaimed Korean steakhouse in her new book, “Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier.”
Victoria James has worked in restaurants since she was thirteen. She was certified as a sommelier when she was twenty-one, making her the youngest sommelier in the country. 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, including Marea and Aureole. Currently, she is the Beverage Director and partner at Cote, a Michelin-starred hot spot in the Flatiron district. She is the author of the new book Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier. Her first book, Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé, was published in 2017.
Tara Gomez is the first Native American winemaker in the U.S. and is producing a range of acclaimed wines on Chumash land in Santa Barbara.