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Wine Girl

A sommelier's tale of making it in the toxic world of fine dining

Victoria James


An affecting memoir from a young sommelier, struggling to make her way into the glamorous but notoriously toxic restaurant world
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

<p><b>'H</b><b>ugely </b><b>entertaining' </b>Jay Rayner, <i>Observer</i></p><p><b>'James writes powerfully . . . </b>. <b>you'll raise a glass to her extraordinary </b><b>resilience</b>'<br /><i>Sunday Times</i></p><p><b>A sommelier's tale of making it in the toxic world of fine dining</b></p><p><b>Aged thirteen, Victoria James started her first job in a diner in New Jersey. </b></p><p><b>Aged nineteen, Victoria was serving sugary Cosmopolitans in a restaurant off Broadway.</b></p><p><b>Aged twenty-one, Victoria was named the US's youngest sommelier, working in Michelin-starred restaurants, serving the finest wines to pair with spectacular foods. </b></p><p>The groping patrons she learned to handle, but behind the scenes, the world of high dining was a mess of fractious relationships and unacknowledged abuse. It would take hitting rock-bottom for Victoria to find her way back to the industry she adores. </p><p><i>Wine Girl</i> is the memoir of a young woman breaking free from her traumatic childhood. It's the story of overcoming the notoriously corrosive restaurant industry, and of the restorative power of a glass of wine with friends.</p>
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Book publisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication date2 Apr 2020
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