Courses of study: Culinary Arts 1999

Current occupation: Winemaker/Partner at Channing Daughters Vineyards in the Hamptons, New York

James Christopher Tracy is a winemaker and partner at Channing Daughters. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Christopher attended schools on both the East and West coasts, and after earning a BA in Performing Arts/Philosophy, he moved to NYC to pursue theater training. After several years of writing “undercover” restaurant reviews in NYC, Christopher attended The French Culinary Institute (now called International Culinary Center). He graduated first in his class and received a Grand Diplome in 1999. Christopher worked as the Pastry Sous Chef at March Restaurant and then as Executive Sous Chef of Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs. While working as a chef, Christopher earned his Sommelier Certificate from the Sommelier Society of America as well as the Higher Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He was awarded the Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), which entitles him to the D.W.S. distinction. He also holds a CWE (Certified Wine Educator) certification from the Society of Wine Educators.


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