In 1987 Tom DiNardo began working in the California wine industry. He founded DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers in 1993. As a charity wine auctioneer, he has presided over many of the nation’s most acclaimed wine auctions. Tom is a nationally recognized sommelier, spirits & wine appraiser, wine educator, wine expert, and wine judge for many international wine competitions. Mr. DiNardo is a freelance wine writer for the Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, and Santé Magazines, and other wine journals. He was a regularly featured auctioneer for the former ERI wine auction gallery. Tom DiNardo now serves as V.P. of Outreach for the Natl. Assoc. of Professional Appraisers (NAPA), and he is also a certified insurance fraud investigator (CIFI). Tom performs wine appraisals and expert witness services for insurance companies, banks, law firms, and individuals. Tom DiNardo is perhaps best known by his Internet wine personality – The Wine Zealot. Through these unique experiences Tom has gained invaluable knowledge about wines and the wine industry. With a reverence for the grape, Tom DiNardo continues his passionate pursuit today as a wine educator who teaches others about oenology and wine collecting.