Wine Appraiser

Wine Appraiser Qualifications

Wine appraiser qualifications
A wine wine appraiser may often work in unusual places and challenging circumstances.

The professional wine appraiser qualifications offered by Winery & Wine Appraisals staff wine appraisal specialists are unsurpassed. None of the nationally competing wine appraisal specialists begin to approach our staff wine appraiser levels of education and professional experience.  Winery & Wine Appraisals provides professional wine appraiser and winery appraiser experts who are ready to meet the professional demands required of your assignments. Our company also provides wine fraud detection investigator services, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigations for insurance companies, counterfeit wine identification services, and expert witness services. View wine expert Tom DiNardo’s qualifications and curriculum vitae.

Our wine appraisers are members of accredited appraisal organizations and have earned multiple appraisal designations over the years. Appraisal designations are only awarded by appraisal associations once the appraiser has proven their competence through rigorous testing in the areas of appraisal theory, appraisal methodology, and proving demonstrable professional experience in their field of appraisal expertise. Wine appraiser and expert witness Tom DiNardo has earned the following professional appraiser designations: Senior Professional Appraiser (SPA), Certified Accredited Appraiser (CAA), Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA), General Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA), ISA Accredited Member (ISA-AM), and also ASA Candidate.

Once the appraiser has earned their appraisal designation they are then required to pass the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (i.e. USPAP is a law created by US Congress in 1986) examination in order to be awarded this accreditation. These successful USPAP accredited appraisers are then listed with the Appraisal Foundation which is based in Washington DC. All Winery & Wine Appraisals written appraisal reports comply with the federally mandated USPAP guidelines as established by the U.S. Congress. Appraisers are also required to retake the USPAP exam every two years in order to maintain compliance with current federal USPAP requirements.

Bordeaux wine appraisals
Winery appraiser on assignment at Château Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux, France.

Tom DiNardo has worked in the wine industry since 1988. He formed Winery & Wine Appraisals and also DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers in 1993. As a wine auctioneer he has presided over some of the nations largest wine auctions. He has been a freelance wine writer for many internationally recognized wine magazines. Since then he has been a nationally recognized wine educator and public speaker in teaching people about his love of oenology, spirits, and wines from around the world. In 2007 he completed his wine education, and he was awarded his Sommelier Diploma (a Masters Degree) from the International Sommelier Guild. In 2008 he visited France on a self-designed sommelier tour which forever changed his impressions of wines of the world. He has since been invited as a wine judge to many internationally acclaimed wine competitions. In 2010 he became a Founding Commandeur of the Commanderie de Bordeaux. He is an honorary ambassador for the World Gourmet Club. His professional profile can be read in Who’s Who In America. He is currently the Vice President of Outreach for the National Association of Professional Appraisers (NAPA). He is perhaps best known for his online wine personality – The Wine Zealot.