Two sommeliers, on different sides of the Atlantic, tell their stories of grit, spit and triumph.
A sommelier's tale of making it in the toxic world of fine dining
‘She was full-bodied but with a short finish.’
In describing herself as a ‘juxtaposition of blue blood and blue collar’ (one grandmother an orphaned Tennessee cotton picker and the other a Piemontese countess), Victoria James explains why she was perfect sommelier material – ‘essentially a highbrow servant’.
Her upbringing as one of four siblings swung between neglect at the hands of a...