DWWA judge profile: Tim Triptree MW

Tim Triptree MW is a judge at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Tim Triptree MW

Tim Triptree MW is International Director, Wine & Spirits, at Christie’s. Tim’s main role is sale curating, planning and execution of Christie’s wine and spirits auctions internationally. Based at Christie’s London, his role includes sourcing consignments, auction promotion, inspection and authentication, valuations, developing client relations, hosting wine events, master-classes and acting as an ambassador for Christie’s wine & spirits worldwide.

Tim joined Christie’s Wine Department in 2005 after graduating with an MBA Distinction (Wine Business Management). He completed the WSET Diploma, gaining a Distinction in 2008 being awarded the Sherry Institute Scholarship and Constellation Scholarship, which involved wine visits to Jerez and New Zealand respectively.

In 2013, Tim was seconded to Christie’s Hong Kong for four years focusing efforts on raising the department’s profile in the region as well as developing auctions in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He became Head of Sale, Hong Kong before returning to London in 2017 and became International Director in June 2018.  Tim sources business for Christie’s auctions in London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beaune and New York.

Tim was awarded the Trinity Champagne Scholarship in 2009 from the Institute of Masters of Wine and became a Master of Wine in 2018. Tim received the prestigious Noval Award for the best MW Research Paper which examined trends in the use of reserve wines in Brut NV Champagne. He has a specific interest in Champagne , Rhône, Burgundy , Bordeaux and Rioja.

Tim has been a judge at the International Wine & Spirit Competition since 2011, a Panel Judge at Decanter World Wine Awards since 2017 and at Bacchus Wine in Madrid since 2018. Tim writes a monthly wine column for The Rake.

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