Victoria James

Sommelier - Ristorante Morini


Victoria James started working in restaurants when she was thirteen and fell in love with the industry.  When bar tending during
college she decided to take her first wine course.

The hook was
 instant and she became a cellar-hand 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.
She became certified as a Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012.

Shortly after she accepted a Sommelier position at Aureole, Charlie Palmer's
 Michelin Starred restaurant, becoming one of the
 youngest Sommeliers in fine dining at just 21 years of age.

  In competitions, she has won the title of Best Sommelier of the
Languedoc-Roussillon with the ASA as well as The Guild of Sommeliers New York
Chilean Wine Challenge Winner.  Currently she is an instructor with
the American Sommelier Association, wine writer and avid travelling-enthusiast. Recently, she has joined the AltaMarea Group as a Sommelier at Michael White's new Ristorante Morini.



Wine Pairing at Ristorante Morini

Watch while sommelier Victoria James and Executive Chef Gordon Finn work together to create the perfect wine pairing.  Ristorante Morini is Michael White's newest venture in the Alta-Marea group.  Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Ristorante Morini has an incredible Italian-influenced wine list that complements the phenomenal work in the kitchen.  Victoria James, formerly of Aureole, shows off her talents along with those of Chef Gordon Finn to create the perfect food and wine experience.