Why We Are:
In my decades of buying, selling and appraising wine, I've seen exorbitant fees charged for appraising collections of wine. I realised there was a need for a swift and experienced appraiser that could do the job at a reasonable price. While this is a specialized niche and your appraiser needs to have the necessary experience, there is no need for high fees.
The Wine Appraiser brings over three decades experience to you. A small staff with efficient service and resources allows us to offer quality at a reasonable price. We are located in the heart of the Napa Valley but can travel to any location to serve you.
I have extensive contacts throughout the industry-brokers, wholesalers, retailers, etc.- and subscribe to the periodicals and web sites relevant to my work. I know the ropes and can assist in every facet of cataloging, appraising.and managing your wine collection.
I believe in word of mouth advertising, when a customer says 'I'd recommend this company'. If The Wine Appraiser has a mission statement, that is it.
The Wine Appraiser is a Napa based company with over 33 years experience in the wine industry in the areas of retail, wholesale, auction and cellar procurement and sale.
The Wine Appraiser is... me.
Let me introduce myself:
I am Joe Zugelder.
I got my start in the wine industry back when Jimmy Carter was president - 1978. My career began with K&L Wine Merchants. I enjoyed three decades with the firm, learning the business from the ground up.
I created and directed the Library Wine Department at K&L for over twenty years.
I'd always dreamed of living near the vines, and when the opportunity came I moved to Napa and launched The Wine Appraiser.
Over the years I have bought, sold and appraised over $50 million of fine wine.
I'm the guy that will take care of you.
Count on it.