Jamie joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990 and moved to New York in 1995. Since then, he has been responsible for starting Sotheby’s wine auctions in New York in 1994 and Hong Kong in 2009. He launched Sotheby’s Wine, a retail store and online wine business, in New York in 2010 and Hong Kong in 2014. Jamie is one of the world’s leading wine auctioneers, selling many lots for world record prices. He frequently travels to taste wines, donate his services to benefit auctions and lead tastings around the world. He is a respected authority on the wine market, frequently appearing on television and is regularly featured in major news publications.
Mr. Ritchie has been a leading Sotheby’s auctioneer for many extraordinary and record breaking auctions such as The Andrew Lloyd Webber Wine Collection (1997, US$6 million and 2010, US$6 million), The Millennium Wine Cellar (1999, US$14 million), Château Mouton Rothschild: Treasures from the Private Cellar of Baroness Philippine (2007, US$2 million), The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector, auctions I through VI (2009 and 2010 US$34 million), and Lafite Ex Cellars (2010, US$8 million) Mr. Ritchie has sold the following world record lots:
• 3 bottles of Château Lafite 1869 for $232,692 each in October 2010, a world record for a single standard sized bottle at auction.
• A Jeroboam of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 in February 2007 for US$310,700, the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction.
• 50 cases of Château Mouton Rothschild 1982, which brought US$1.05 million in November 2006 and is the highest value lot of wine ever sold at auction
Bill Plante was a CBS News Correspondent for 52 years prior to his retirement following the 2016 election. He covered the White House for CBS News during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. From 1989-92, he was State Department correspondent. Plante also served as anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News (June 1988-August 1995). He was part of the CBS News team which received a 1986 Emmy Award for coverage of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit at Reykjavik, Iceland. Plante was a floor reporter at the 1988 and 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. He also covered Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign and was part of the CBS News team that won an Emmy Award for its coverage. Plante has been based in the CBS News Washington bureau since December 1976. Before his first White House assignment, he covered general and off-year elections, including the national political conventions.
Plante joined CBS News in June 1964 as a New York-based reporter/assignment editor. He served four tours of duty in Vietnam. Plante also covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi and Alabama, including Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
Plante graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in humanities, and studied political science at Columbia University. He and his wife, Robin Smith, an award-winning independent documentary producer, live in Washington, DC. Plante has five sons.