Conversations with Authors - Jamie Ritchie (Virtual Event)

Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Avram Kosasky

Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.


A note from Jamie:


Thank you so much for joining Avram and me to talk about a life in the world of wine and The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia. Avram brought out so many interesting topics from the evolution of wine styles to sustainability to the global demand for wine to the launch of Sotheby's Own Label Collection. Wine is a complex subject that is intimidating for many people and the Encyclopedia really breaks down each area and is written in a way that makes it very easy to understand.

There has never been a better time to enjoy and explore the world of wine, as $20 we spend on a bottle today is buying us a much better wine than it would have 5, 10, or 15 years ago.

I enjoy talking about our business and am continually interested in reading a wide variety of publications, e-newsletters, and books. My most recent favorite books are:


Food, Cocktails & Restaurants

  • Table Talk by A.A. Gill — Stories and a unique perspective that will have you laughing out loud
  • Dirt by Bill Buford — Bill tells the story of working in restaurants in France
  • The Third Plate by Dan Barber — A great chef lays out his thoughts on the food system
  • The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan — A huge influence in bar tending
  • The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale Degroff — A master of the cocktail
  • Pour Me, A Life by A.A. Gill — A memoir about alcoholism told by a brilliant raconteur
  • My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Camara — Chef of one of my most favorite restaurants in the world


  • Lead and Disrupt by Charles O’Reilly & Michael Tushman — How to embrace change
  • Collective Genius by Hill, Brandeau, Truelove & Lineback — How to lead innovation
  • Luxury Wine Marketing by Peter Yeung & Liz Thach — How to think about marketing in the luxury wine market

If you are interested in Sotheby’s, please email or follow on Instagram or LinkedIn.

Best wishes,


Jamie Ritchie, head of Sotheby’s wine, is proud to present The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, an essential reference for oenophiles—long used as the go-to text for the prestigious Master Sommelier examination—and the most comprehensive guide to the world of wine, featuring authoritative information on the history, culture, geography, and taste of vintages around the globe.

Jamie became head of Sotheby’s global wine business in May of 2016. He joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990 and was responsible for launching Sotheby’s wine auctions in New York in 1994 and in Hong Kong in 2009. More recently, Mr. Ritchie was responsible for launching Sotheby’s Wine, a retail store and online wine business, becoming the only major global auctioneer offering fine wines at retail. He is also a respected authority in the wine market and has been regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and Wine Spectator Magazine.


A note from Avram:

Thank you all for joining Jamie and me for this conversation. I so enjoyed getting to hear his insight and stories from the highest echelons of our business, and I am so grateful you could share it with us. The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia is an indispensable resource. I cannot think of another publication that compares in its breadth of information and clarity, and I encourage each of you to further your journey into wine with your own copy.


Food + Thought

  • Drinking French by David Lebovitz — We all want to live his life.
  • My Last Sigh by Luis Buñuel — A fascinating memoir from the film director, including a multi-page treatise on the perfect martini.
  • Living Well is the Best Revenge by Calvin Tomkins — A document of a special couple, and how their hospitality set the table for culture.


Avram Kosasky lives and works in New York City selling natural and terroir driven wines to the city’s best restaurants and retailers. Raised in the rolling hills of Marin County, wine country was never far away. After studying conceptual art and working in magazines and industrial design, he found himself always drawn back to the many and exquisite expressions of the vine. He devotes himself to seeking out new wines and producers and sharing them with his community and friends.


Below, please find links to purchase his book.



The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426221415
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Published: National Geographic - October 27th, 2020

Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307271013
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Published: Knopf - May 5th, 2020

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143127154
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2015

The Joy of Mixology, Revised and Updated Edition: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451499028
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Published: Clarkson Potter - August 28th, 2018

The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist, with 500 Recipes Cover Image
By Dale DeGroff, Daniel Krieger (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781984823571
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 22nd, 2020

Pour Me, a Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399574917
Availability: Special Order
Published: Blue Rider Press - September 27th, 2016

My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions [A Cookbook] Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399580574
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - April 30th, 2019

Lead and Disrupt: How to Solve the Innovator's Dilemma Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804798655
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Published: Stanford Business Books - March 30th, 2016

Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781422130025
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harvard Business Review Press - June 10th, 2014

Luxury Wine Marketing: The art and science of luxury wine branding Cover Image
ISBN: 9781913022044
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Published: Infinite Ideas - September 23rd, 2019

Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399582431
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 6th, 2019

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France (25th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374538538
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 7th, 2019

Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus with Over 70 Recipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623719555
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Published: Interlink Books - May 4th, 2020

Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607749295
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 3rd, 2020

My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345803702
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

Living Well Is the Best Revenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870708978
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - December 31st, 2013