Since 1997, appraiser of fine and vintage wines having national and international origin. Specialist in classified growth Bordeaux, grand/premier cru Burgundy and major wines from Italy, the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Received title of Certified Member (certified in wine) of the Appraisers Association of America in 2000.
Experienced in appraisals of varied wine collections located on the Eastern Seaboard from New Hampshire to Florida. Appraisals have included a million dollar insurance damage appraisal of a restaurant wine cellar, a 5,000 bottle confiscated collection for a State Attorney General's Office, as well as several private collections valued at over $1 million each.
For several years, I have worked in conjunction with O'Toole-Ewald Art Associates, Inc. (ASA, New York, NY) as wine specialist in appraisals executed for purposes of equitable distribution and insurance damage/loss reports. See http://www.otoole-ewald.com/, under “About”.
Since 2003, I have appraised wines donated to the Florida Winefest and Auction in Sarasota.
Additional wine-related services include appraisals for insurance, estate, charitable contribution and equitable distribution (divorce) purposes, conservation recommendations and acquisition/disposition.
All appraisals are done in accordance with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) and the Code of Ethics of the Appraisers Association of America.
1965 - 1993: Worked for IBM Corp. in a variety of financial, planning and marketing positions, including over 15 years in managerial positions.
1997 - March 2010: president, Westie Foundation of America, Inc. (www.westiefoundation.org).
Lecturer on 20+ occasions to organizations and professional groups on acquisition and valuation of wine.
Panelist on several radio programs, providing information on wine and wine connoisseurship.
Author of two wine articles on Chubb (Insurance) Collectors web site: What Determines the Value of Wine
Investing in Fine Wine