Wine Appraisal Expert Qualifications

Wine Appraisal Expert Tom DiNardo Curriculum Vitae

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Spirits & wine appraisal expert Tom DiNardo investigating wine fraud for an insurance loss claim.

Tom DiNardo has worked in the spirits & wine industry since 1987. Tom founded both his spirits & wine appraisal, wine valuations, and spirits & wine auction companies in 1993. As an acclaimed wine appraiser, wine valuation expert, and wine auctioneer, Mr. DiNardo has presided over some of the nations most notable wine auctions. He has been a freelance wine writer for many internationally recognized wine magazines. Since then he has been a nationally recognized spirits & wine appraiser expert, wine educator, wine appraisal expert, and wine valuation specialist. As an acclaimed wine expert and public speaker, Tom teaches 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, and that achievement catapulted his wine appraisal career into national recognition. 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). Wine appraiser expert Tom DiNardo is perhaps best known for his online wine personality – The Wine Zealot, and he can be seen on YouTube discussing spirits & wine appraisal topics.

Wine Appraisal Education:

ASA (Candidate designation) 2012 with an emphasis on wine appraisal
ISA-AM designation (Accredited Appraiser) 2008. The only wine appraisal specialist in the association at that time.
Diploma: International Sommelier Guild, Sommelier Diploma Program 2007
Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) 2007
Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA) 2002
Diploma: Western College of Auctioneering 2001
Bachelor of Arts degree: California State University Chico 1988.

Professional Wine Appraisal Experience & Certifications:

2020 – 2021 USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) re-accreditation
Appraisers National Association – Certified Accredited Appraiser (CAA) 2017
National Association of Professional Appraisers – Senior Professional Appraiser (SPA) designation 2012
International Society of Handwriting Sciences – Certified Graphologist certificate 1993.
Texas Southmost College – TCOLESE (TX. Commission on Law Enforcement Standards & Education) certification 1990.
Butte Junior College – POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certification 1987.
American Hotel & Motel Association 1987.


Auctioneer licensed in over twenty six states.


Tom DiNardo’s biography has been included in Who’s Who in America
Vice President of Outreach – National Association of Professional Appraisers (NAPA). Teaches courses on wine appraisal methodology.
Commanderie de Bordeaux – Founding Commandeur, Seattle Chapter
2015 – 2018 Wine Judge – Northwest Wine Summit
2015 Wine Judge – Seattle Wine Awards
2012 Wine Judge – West Coast Wine Competition
2010 Wine Judge – Denver International Wine Competition
2009 – 2010 Wine Judge – Indianapolis International Wine Competition
2009 Wine Judge – Lake County Wine Competition, “The People’s Choice Awards”
2008 Wine Judge – California State Fair Wine Competition
Honorary Ambassador – World Gourmet Club

Wine Valuation Membership Affiliations:

International Sommelier Guild (ISG), International Association of Special Investigations Units (IASIU)
National Association of Professional Appraisers (NAPA), Appraisers National Association (ANA) & The Association of Online Appraisers (AOA)

Authored Articles and Publications:

“What Bidders Should Know About Wine Auctions” (January 2005),
“Bidder Beware: Succeeding at Wine Auctions” (March 2005) Wine Enthusiast magazine
“Buying Opportunities at Wine Auctions” (June 2005),
“Wine Appraisal – Protecting your Assets” (July 2005),
“ – A Wine Lover’s Event Resource” (May 2006) Wine Adventure magazine
“Wine Buying for Charity: Advice from an Auctioneer” (May 2006) Wine Adventure magazine
“Cult Personality – Profile of Red Zeppelin Winery Wine Maker Stillman Brown” (July 2006),
“Wine Gadgets and Gizmos” (December 2006),
“Buying Wine at Auction” (March 2007) Wine Adventure magazine
“Bargains on the Block” (March/April 2007) Santé magazine
“Branch Wines – Big and Powerful” (September 2007),
“Benefit Auctioneer Tom DiNardo is First US Auctioneer to Become Credentialed Sommelier” (12/2007),
“Barlow Vineyards” (January 2008) Decanter magazine
“Loring Wine Company – All Pinot, All the time!” (February 2009)
“Wines of the Midwest” – Discover the Indy Wine Competition (October 2009)
“New Mexico Wines” – D.H. Lescombes Winery (November 2009)
“San Jose: My First Symposium” Vol. 27, No. 5 American Woodturner magazine

Television Appearances Featuring Tom DiNardo:

“Wrecks to Riches” program – The Learning Channel 2007

Articles Featuring Tom DiNardo:

“Wine Auction Boom is Making Sweet Addition to Many Benefit Auctioneers Business” (Jan. 2005) Auctioneer magazine
“DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers Sets Wine Auction World Record” (July 2005) Whatcom Business Advocate
“Local Auctioneer Helps Set World Records in Wine Sales” (July 2005) Lynden Tribune
“Taste of Vail Goes to Highest Bidder” (March 2006) Apres magazine
“Wine Defined” (November 2007) Best’s Review – Monthly Insurance News magazine

Spirits & Wine Appraisals Performed:

Contested Assets, Divorce, Probate, Trusts, Wills & Estates, Charitable Contribution Tax Deductions, Insurance Loss Claims and Legal Matters.

Personal Property Appraisals Performed:

I possess tremendous experience in the wine appraisal profession. I have appraised wine and spirits, winery equipment, distillery equipment, brewery equipment, residential contents, and also business assets when required by my clients.

Additional Wine Valuation Services Performed:

Cause & Origin Investigations Evaluation of Scope of Damage
Complete Inventory Services Evaluation of Cost of Repair
Expert Witness Services Auction & Liquidation Services
Appraisal Reviews: The written review and appraisal of other appraiser’s flawed appraisal reports. My appraisal reviews will examine the appraiser’s qualifications and confirm or deny the appraiser’s following accepted appraisal theory, practices, and established federal guidelines (USPAP). Missing information gaps are filled in.

Expert Witness Experience:

I provide expert witness court testimony on matters related to professional valuation, assets appraisal, spirits and wine appraisal, and also the auction, wine, and insurance professions. I objectively present the facts to both state and federal courts. I am a Daubert (Federal Court Rule 702) qualified expert.

Partial Client List:

Auction Houses, Banks, Business, Law Firms, and Private Party.
Government Entities: Internal Revenue Service, Island County, WA. Sheriff’s Dept., U.S. Customs, U.S. Marshals
Insurance Companies: Amtrust North America, Chubb, Fireman’s Fund, Liberty Intl. Underwriters, Lloyds of London, Safeco, and Travelers