childhood going forward Tom DiNardo was in awe in witnessing the pleasure his
parents experienced from wines. Tom realized after his very first sip of
California Cabernet at three and a half years of age this magical elixir brings
joy makes people happy. As a young man living in California, Tom’s passion for
wines continued to grow as he toured various wineries in both Napa and Sonoma
County in the early 1980’s.
In 1987 he
landed his first professional wine job as a “Cellar Rat” just prior to earning
his bachelor’s degree. He later held various positions in the retail wine world
such as sales representative, category manager, wine consultant, and sommelier.
In 1993 Mr.
DiNardo founded his two wine focused companies. His charity wine auctions
gave Tom DiNardo an opportunity to preside over some of the nation’s preeminent
wine gala events such as The Jackson Hole Wine Auction, California Wine
Masters, The First Press Weekend of Wine,
and The Hilton Head Wine Auction to name just a few of the many esteemed wine events.
He has worked as a wine auctioneer for Edward Roberts International.
Tom also built his second company Winery & Wine Appraisals (www.WineryandWineAppraisals.com)
in 1993. He is a nationally recognized wine appraiser with years of
professional training and decades of experience now behind him. Tom DiNardo holds
multiple appraiser designations that he has earned from many appraisal
organizations. He is Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
(USPAP) compliant. Mr. DiNardo’s company provides spirits & wine
appraisals, winery appraisals, distillery appraisals, and brewery appraisals. Tom
has served hundreds of clients, and today his services have expanded to now
include wine inventory, wine consulting, scope of damage evaluation,
counterfeit wine identification, wine fraud detection, wine acquisition, wine
liquidation, sommelier, and expert witness services.
During the late
1990’s Tom began building his wine persona – The Wine Zealot. He continued his
wine education, and never passed up an opportunity to broaden his knowledge
base and contribute to the wine profession he so dearly loves. As a freelance
wine writer, Mr. DiNardo has written articles for dozens of wine magazines such
as Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Adventure, Santé, and WineSquire.com. He has
also been a contributing writer, assisting nationally acclaimed journalists, in
trade journals, newspapers and magazines.
In the early 2000’s
Tom DiNardo began his role as formal wine educator in teaching people, classrooms,
and event attendees about the joys of drinking, collecting, and living all
passion for wine (pun intended) continued. In 2007 Mr. DiNardo completed his
master’s degree in wine and spirits to earn his sommelier diploma from the
International Sommelier Guild. Immediately thereafter Tom began became a wine
judge for many, many, wine competitions such as The West Coast Wine
Competition, California State Fair Wine Competition, Denver International Wine
Competition, Northwest Wine Summit, and The Indianapolis International Wine Competition.
In 2008 Tom
made a wine pilgrimage to Europe and had a wine enlightenment experience while
traveling through all of the famous wine regions of France. In 2010 Tom DiNardo
helped the Commanderie de Bordeaux in his role as Founding Commandeur to open
their Seattle, WA. chapter.
Tom DiNardo is also
a professional actor and voice over artist, and he has appeared in television
shows and commercials. He is an avid amateur mycologist and takes every opportunity
to forage for edible wild mushrooms and plants. The Wine Zealot (Tom DiNardo)
can be viewed on his YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbBH-GOW5Tb8mY5HZ4FovHw/featured)