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Wine girl [electronic resource] : the obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of america's youngest sommelier. Victoria James.

James, Victoria. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780062961693 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource

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An affecting memoir from the country's youngest sommelier, tracing her path through the glamorous but famously toxic restaurant world At just twenty-one, the age when most people are starting to drink (well, legally at least), Victoria James became the country's youngest sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Even as Victoria was selling bottles worth hundreds and thousands of dollars during the day, passing sommelier certification exams with flying colors, and receiving distinction from all kinds of press, there were still groping patrons, bosses who abused their role and status, and a trip the hospital emergency room. It would take hitting bottom at a new restaurant and restorative trips to the vineyards where she could feel closest to the wine she loved for Victoria to re-emerge, clear-eyed and passionate, and a proud "wine girl" of her own Michelin-starred restaurant. Exhilarating and inspiring, Wine Girl is the memoir of a young woman breaking free from an abusive and traumatic childhood on her own terms; an ethnography of the glittering, high-octane, but notoriously corrosive restaurant industry; and above all, a love letter to the restorative and life-changing effects of good wine and good hospitality.
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Electronic reproduction. New York : Ecco, 2020. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3892 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB).
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    James was just 21 when she became the youngest sommelier in the U.S. But her journey to achieving the wine industry's highest accolade was filled with trials and tribulations that ultimately influenced her to become the woman she is today. For fans of Tara Westover's Educated (2017), James' first memoir is a #metoo story for the fine-dining industry, full of bosses who abused their roles and patrons with a clear lack of boundaries. She describes taking her first diner job at 13 to escape her strict father and how this evolved into bartending positions and eventually work in the fine-dining scene. James also takes us through her abusive and traumatic childhood and reflects on how those experiences strengthened her resolve to share her love of wine and hospitality with people. Inspiring, and a true testament to the author's strength, Wine Girl is like a good meal paired with the finest wine: meant to be savored in all its many subtle layers. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    James was just 21 when she became the youngest sommelier in the U.S. But her journey to achieving the wine industry's highest accolade was filled with trials and tribulations that ultimately influenced her to become the woman she is today. For fans of Tara Westover's Educated (2017), James' first memoir is a #metoo story for the fine-dining industry, full of bosses who abused their roles and patrons with a clear lack of boundaries. She describes taking her first diner job at 13 to escape her strict father and how this evolved into bartending positions and eventually work in the fine-dining scene. James also takes us through her abusive and traumatic childhood and reflects on how those experiences strengthened her resolve to share her love of wine and hospitality with people. Inspiring, and a true testament to the author's strength, Wine Girl is like a good meal paired with the finest wine: meant to be savored in all its many subtle layers. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
Cooking & Food.
Genre: Electronic books.

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