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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  


  • Certified Member, Appraisers Association of America (certified in wine since 2000).
  • Treasurer, Hudson Valley Chapter of American Society of Appraisers (1995 - 2001).
  • Steering Committee, No. Fairfield County Chapter, Les Amis du Vin (1992 - 1997).


  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Master of Business Administration, Finance, 1965.
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Bachelor of Science, School of  Hotel and Restaurant Administration, 1964, with a concentration on  knowledge and connoisseurship of fine wines.
  • New York University, New York, New York, Certificate in Appraisal Studies, 1993.