New York

Our Team

NEW YORK RETAIL

Sacha Austin
Retail Director
sacha.austin@sothebys.com

Sacha Austin joined Sotheby’s Wine in 2016 as Retail Director and currently leads the wine retail business in New York. Previously, she was Director and General Manager of a multi-unit wine retail company for eight years.

In 2015, Sacha completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 with merit. She also is an active Toastmaster with tremendous experience in team leadership and change management. Originally from Barbados, Sacha graduated from the University of Miami with a major in International Finance and Marketing, and a minor in Spanish.

“I used to work summers and Christmas vacations in my family’s chain of wine stores, which threw me into the world of wine. I’m passionate about wine because it’s an enjoyable and evolving product that suits different experience levels and taste profiles,” she says.

Sacha loves to run, ride her bike, take photos and write her personal blog, SachaAustin.co,  trying new recipes and spending time with her husband and their cat, Scottie.

Nicholas Jackson
Wine Buyer
nicholas.jackson@sothebys.com

Nicholas grew up in the English countryside and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he encountered fine wine for the first time, and immediately immersed himself in the many wine activities available. He learned most about wine as a member of the University Blind Wine Tasting team, for their annual varsity match against Oxford (Cambridge won that year) and subsequently in international blind-tasting competitions in France.

After graduating, he worked for a year at Sotheby's Wine in London as an auction specialist before moving to New York. Nicholas is an unapologetic Francophile and, while steeped in Bordeaux, loves the wines of Burgundy and Champagne, but also has a weakness for Spanish wines – everything from dry sherry to Ribera del Duero.

Wine is not just a liquid; it’s a culture and a way of life,” he says.” For those of us who work in the industry, it’s an everyday essential which not only nourishes, but brings joy. And it’s a pleasure to share that with others.”

Nicholas also enjoys European travel, reading everything from history to contemporary novels (English literature major), opera and watching sport. He received the WSET Diploma qualification in 2014 and is now a final stage Master of Wine student having passed the theory and tasting exams at the first attempt in 2017.

Pierre-Antoine Bollet 
Sales Director
pierre-antoine.bollet@sothebys.com

Pierre-Antoine has worked in New York’s fine wine industry for a decade. Since 2010, he represented Louis XIII Cognac in various sales and marketing positions where he gained a solid understanding of the top end of the U.S. wine and spirits market.

“I love the fact that wine is a product of agriculture, made by farmers who have the deepest knowledge of their land, vineyard and ancestor’s traditions. At the other end of the chain, it is enjoyed by wine lovers all over the world, who are seeking pleasure, building collections, sharing bottles with friends and family, or making unique gifts.”

Our goal is to be the most authentic and reliable link between these two worlds.

“Selling wine is fun because we are honouring many purposes: moments of celebration and communion between friends and family, but also history, terroir, gastronomy and a very collectible commodity.”

Pierre-Antoine is a runner and tennis player who also loves photography, whether in the streets of New York or in nature. He enjoys travelling to wine countries, with many destinations on his list. Some of his favorites so far have been the Douro, Alsace, Franschhoek, Piedmont and Sonoma.

Graham Tucker 
Store Manager
graham.tucker@sothebys.com

Graham’s primary focus as New York store manager is to provide an effective, tailored, dynamic experience for Sotheby’s Wine clients. From inventory management and ensuring store aesthetics and atmosphere, to fulfilling orders and maintaining service levels, his position is holistic.

“The store, like any retail environment, can have stretches of high volume and traffic, making the environment rather fast paced,” Graham says. “Our clients tend to be smart and well-informed and are more curious than the typical consumer.” 

Graham has achieved WSET Level 3 with Merit, inspired by his father who has been a student of wine for more than 30 years. “He sparked my curiosity for the subject,” Graham says. “My father taught me that wine is a conversation starter that brings people together. Wine is not an end in itself; the greater cause is its insight into culture, geography, terroir, history and more.”

Always active, Graham is an avid runner and enjoys going to upstate New York to explore the outdoors and hike. When indoors, he likes to read memoirs and autobiographies. During the baseball season, much of his time is spent cheering on the New York Yankees.

 

Katie Montgomery 
Shipping Coordinator
katherine.montgomery@sothebys.com


Katie initially became interested in wine while studying cooking. “I love the history and complexity of wine,” she says. “It’s a subject that one can study for an entire lifetime. I also like that it’s a topic everyone – even people outside the industry – really enjoy. It’s easy to talk about and everyone seems to want to listen!”

Katie attended the Culinary Institute of America where she earned an undergraduate degree in Wine and Beverage Management. She is a CMS certified Sommelier and completed WSET Level 3 with merit.                

When not working with wine, Katie likes to experiment in the kitchen, practice yoga and, most importantly, travel.

NEW YORK AUCTION

Connor Kriegel
Head of Auction Sales
connor.kriegel@sothebys.com

Connor Kriegel joined Sotheby’s Wine in 2010 after working at Evening Land Vineyards near Santa Barbara, California. Prior to that, he worked at the National Football League in Corporate Sponsorship. Since his arrival, he has been involved with Sotheby’s most important sales including the Ultimate Cellar in 2010, the El Bulli Cellar in 2013 and The Don Stott Cellar: 50 Years of Collecting Parts I-III in 2015 and 2017. Connor also led the team that inspected, catalogued and sold the Cellar of William I Koch in 2016, the most successful wine auction in history.

He leads a team of wine specialists in New York and California and travels the country and globe meeting clients, inventorying and packing some of the world’s great wine collections. Connor has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, and is regularly quoted in Decanter and the Drinks Business.

Paul Tortora
Senior Specialist
paul.tortora@sothebys.com

In 2016, Paul Tortora joined Sotheby’s after working for nearly five years directly with the founder of one of America’s premier wine importers, The Rare Wine Co. In that position, he represented some of Europe’s most historic estates. Since his arrival at Sotheby’s, Paul has been involved in some of the most momentous sales, including the Wines from the Cellar of William I. KochThe Don Stott Cellar: 50 Years of Collecting, Part III and Magnificent Wines from the Cellars of Park B. Smith.

Paul works with clients both domestically and abroad, most recently playing a significant role in bringing to auction the São Paulo-based collection, “A Distinguished Cellar Benefitting Instituto Solidare.” Paul has a degree in the humanities from Wesleyan University and speaks Italian.

Jackie Perrota
Administrator
Jackie.perrota@sothebys.com

COLLECTION MANAGEMENT & ADVISORY

 Julia Gilbert
Senior Wine Advisor
julia.gilbert@sothebys.com

Julia Gilbert joined Sotheby’s in 2017 to develop the Wine Advisory business at Sotheby’s Wine. She brings to Sotheby’s over a decade of experience with fine wine auctions, most recently overseeing placement of over $40 million of wine at Wally’s including The Roy Welland Collection, the highest grossing auction of 2014. Previously, Julia was instrumental in the growth of Zachys Wine Auctions from 2005-2013, where she was involved with important sales such as The Legendary Collection of Robert Caine, A London Gentleman’s Cellar: Historic Wines from the Collection of Graham Lyons, and The Magnificent Private Cellar of Dr. Nils Stormby.

Julia’s first love was Italy, where she discovered wine while studying in Rome and Venice to pursue concentrations in Classical Studies and Italian Studies at Colgate University. She is a dedicated yogi and avid hiker, and enjoys visits to the mountains and coasts of the Carolinas with her family.  

    Yassmin Mohamedi
    Associate Wine Advisor
    yassmin.mohamedi@sothebys.com

Like many others who have caught the bug, Yassmin’s love affair with wine started with travel when she visited a winery in Tuscany for the first time while on a road trip. At the time, Yassmin was on track for an illustrious career on Wall Street and she developed over 6 years of experience at Citigroup as Vice President in Foreign Exchange Sales. In that capacity, Yassmin managed relationships with and delivered currency advisory and execution services to Institutional Clients in Latin America. During her free time, she satisfied her thirst for wine knowledge by attaining certifications with the American Sommelier Association and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and later teaching recreational classes at a boutique wine shop in New York City

Ultimately, Yassmin decided to make a career change and joined the Sotheby’s Wine team in 2016. She has since been involved in a number of special projects, including working with the Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine to develop a cohesive growth strategy for the global wine business, conducting due diligence and analysis on a number of new business initiatives, and creating the Sotheby’s Wine Market Report, a widely distributed annual publication which analyzes our results and illustrates relevant trends for the fine wine and spirits market. She has also developed experience in the auction process and was involved in a number of high-profile sales including The Don Stott Cellar: 50 Years of Collecting, Part III, Magnificent Wines from the Cellars of Park B. Smith, and The Cellar from the Estate of Jerry Perenchio.

Yassmin graduated from Middlebury College with a major in Economics and a minor in French; she also speaks Spanish and Farsi. In addition to being an oenophile, Yassmin is an ardent foodie and is especially passionate about food and wine related travel. She is currently a candidate for the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits.

WORLDWIDE

Jamie Ritchie
Worldwide Head
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 Head 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.