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Our Team

HONG KONG RETAIL

Lucien Michel
Fine Wine Account Manager
lucien.michel@sothebys.com


HONG KONG AUCTION

Paul Wong

Head of Department of Wine and Spirits Auction
paul.wong@sothebys.com

Paul Wong joined Sotheby’s Wine Department in 2012 as a Wine Specialist and is currently the Head of Department of Wine and Spirits Auction in Asia. For Paul, Wine was initially a hobby turned into a lifelong profession. Trained as an engineer, he gradually became a travelling wine educator and eventually settled down as an auctioneer. He has been involved in many Sotheby’s record-breaking auctions, more recently, such as The Philanthropist’s Cellar (2018), Tran-scend-ent Wines (2019), and The Summit, A Complete Cellar (2020). Graduated from University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, he also holds the Diploma in Wines and Spirits issued by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). He speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Kent Law
Deputy Director
kent.law@sothebys.com



WORLDWIDE

Jamie Ritchie
Worldwide Chairman
Jamie.Ritchie@sothebys.com

Jamie’s claret obsession has kept him at Sotheby’s since first joining in London in 1990 (that’s 50% of his life!). “I still remember the chateau name and vintage of some wines that my father served the family when I was a teenager, so there was obviously an early interest. At 18, I was buying wines that I liked by the case,” Jamie says.

“Long ago, I calculated that if I lived until I was 70 and drank a bottle of wine every day, I would have 20,000 great experiences. I was pretty sure I would drink those 20,000 bottles, so I decided that I had better learn something about it. There are two ways to enjoy wine: work in the business or earn enough money to buy it. I chose the former.”

Jamie launched the first Sotheby's wine auction in New York in 1994, and loved the U.S. so much that he made it his permanent home. Today he is Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s Wine, leading both the retail and auction business. The best place to find him is on a plane, traveling the world for Sotheby’s Wine. He regularly attends tastings and client dinners, visits wineries and conducts auctions for countless benefits. Jamie earned the WSET Diploma in 1988.

In his spare time, Jamie stays in shape by playing tennis, golf and hiking, likes to spend time with his family and travel with them.

Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Honorary Chairman


Serena is the Honorary Chairman of Sotheby's Wine, having previously been Worldwide Head for twenty-five years, from 1990 to 2015. She is a Master of Wine, passing the exam at her first attempt, and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on wine.  A former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Serena was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1988.  She was elected to the Académie Internationale du Vin in 1993 and, in 2002, she received the New York Institute of Technology’s Professional Excellence Award.  In 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Bacchus America. Also in 2006, Serena was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for her seminal work in promoting and selling French wines.  She is the first person in the British Wine Trade to receive this honour. 

Serena is an internationally recognised wine writer and renowned taster, and writes regularly for many international publications.  She is a regular lecturer and broadcaster in Europe, the United States and Asia.