About

Photo credit: Kypo Karamas (2018)

James Sligh is a Brooklyn-based sommelier, writer, and educator.

He’s worked for some of New York City’s deepest cellars, including sommelier stints at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Rouge Tomate, and Pearl & Ash.

That’s the fancy part, but there were other important experiences too: Cupping coffee for the first time, the summer he worked as a cook in D.C. (Shout out to Big Bear Cafe!). Reading a ton of the kind of fantasy novels with maps inside the front cover as a kid growing up. Teaching English as a foreign language in Spain and Poland for three years. Selling wine to the neighborhood at his local store. (Shout-out to Vine Wine!).

A few years ago, he started hand-drawing maps to help explain wine regions to people. How, if you just looked at where the ground changed and the water flowed, and where the money was, you could see how those regions made sense.

Maybe you’re one of those people, or would like to be.

If so, this site is a place where you can: order fine art prints of regional maps from across the wide world of wine; register for a slate of weekly remote wine classes with bottles and materials delivered to your door; or get in touch for info on private events, consulting, and commissions.

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