Charles Curtis MW is the founder of CurtisMW, a fine wine advisory serving private, trade and institutional clients with an interest in the market for fine and rare wine. Former Head of Wine for Christie’s in both Asia and the Americas and a Certified Member of the Appraiser’s Association of America, Mr. Curtis has a wealth of experience with the world’s most luxurious wine, and deep contacts with the collectors who love them and the people who sell them.
Curtis joined Christie’s in 2008 from LVMH, where he had held the post of Director of Wine and Spirit Education for Moet Hennessy USA. He has held a variety of posts in the wine trade over the years, and his professional career began as a chef who trained at the Cordon Bleu Paris, working in restaurants around the world.Curtis earned his Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust of London, and in October 2004 became the 22nd Master of Wine in the United States.
Through the years, he has garnered a number of honors, including the prestigious “Bourse André Crispin” in 2002, presented by the Commanderie de Bordeaux aux Etats-Unis, of which he is now a member, along with the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) and continues to work on their behalf, speaking at their annual Education Seminar and helping to organize events such as the Institute’s Annual Champagne Tasting which he founded. Curtis has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities, and is presently a guest professor at the University of Jinan Quancheng College in Penglai, China.
Writing has also long been among Curtis’ interest. He writes a regular column for the Chinese version of La Revue du Vin de France and other magazines, and has been a contributing editor to trade and consumer works on wine. Curtis has worked as a wine consultant, wine and spirits judge, and featured speaker at dozens of wine and food festivals over the years. He is the creator of wine tasting website www.CurtisMW.com and a blog www.WineAlpha.com. In his free time, he loves to travel through Asia visiting culinary hot spots, museums, and sites of historic interest and natural beauty throughout the region.