Sommelier Charles Curtis, MW of Christie's Incorperated - Biography

New York, NY

September 2010

A trained chef, journalist, author, consultant, speaker, wine judge…there isn’t much Charles Curtis hasn’t done in the wine industry. But as head of North American Wine Sales for Christie’s auction house, you wouldn’t expect much less. Curtis has been the director of wine and spirit education for Moët Hennessy USA, and has worked throughout the wholesale distribution chain. Additionally, he served on the board of the Independent Champagne and Sparkling Wine Conference held in April 2010.

Curtis earned his diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and in 2004 became the 22nd Master of Wine (MW) in the US. He continues his work with the Institute of Masters of Wine, serving on the board of the Institute in North America, speaking at their annual Education Seminar in Napa Valley, and organizing the Institute’s Annual Champagne Tasting, held in New York and San Francisco.

He has garnered a number of honors, including the prestigious Bourse André Crispin in 2002, presented by the Commanderie de Bordeaux aux Etats-Unis, and has contributed to publications like The Sommelier Journal, Harper’s (UK), the International Wine Review, Santé magazine, among others.