Wine Writer, Educator, And Sommelier At Piora
At 21, Victoria James officially became the youngest sommelier in New York City. After studying to be a sommelier, winning two tasting contests, and traveling to Chile and the south of France, James landed at Piora, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in the West Village noted for executive chef Chris Cipollone’s Italian-Asian fare.
As Piora’s wine director, James keeps a full schedule, juggling her time between working on her forthcoming book Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé, attending tastings with international winemakers, planning research trips to new wine regions, and sharing her expertise with diners at the restaurant. Over the course of one day, she has likely tasted more than 100 different wines.