William H. Edgerton

Certification and Education

  • American Society of Appraisers  Certified as an Accredited Senior Appraiser continuously since May 1970
    Re-certified in Personal Property/Wines, Fine and Rare, January 2002. Re-accredited every five years
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant through February 2023
  • Attendance at dozens of seminars over the years devoted to appraisal in general, wine subjects at the Society of Wine Educators conferences, Wine Spectator Grand Tastings, industry-sponsored events and others
  • Dartmouth College B. A.

Resources

  • Instant access to over 2,000,000 wine auction selling prices
  • 520-volume personal wine reference library
  • Files of most English language wine periodicals
  • Subscriptions to all major wine auction catalogs worldwide

Articles and Publications

  • Editor-Publisher Wine Price File in 18 editions from 1998-2004; contained hundreds of thousands of retail and auction prices for wine
  • Co-editor International Wine Guide published in 1991 by Sony Electronic Publishing Company
  • Editor-Publisher Wine Investors Monthly Market Report 1993-1999; wine auction prices on computer disk
  • Editor-Publisher www.wineauctionprices.com 2005 to present; contains 600,000 wine auction prices
  • Authored article entitled Taking On the Fakes: Advice From The Anti-fraud Frontline in World of Fine Wine, Britain’s finest wine periodical, Issue 37, 2012
  • Featured and quoted in articles in New York Times and Wall Street Journal
  • Wine columnist weekly for The Advocate newspaper, Stamford, CT for 2 years, 1980s
  • Author of four non-fiction books and one wine-related work of fiction entitled Wine Killer

Speeches, Seminars, Events

  • American Wine Society: led seminar and conducted tasting, Practical Matters of Interest to Wine Collectors: Storing, Buying, Selling, Insuring and Valuing
  • Society of Wine Educators: led seminar and conducted tasting: Late Harvest Wines of Alsace
  • Society of Wine Educators: led seminar with partner and daughter Annie Edgerton Heat, Floods, Fakes… And Skunks: the Art of the Wine Appraisal (and Beyond)
  • American Society of Appraisers International Conferences lectures and conducted tastings: Life After Cabernet and Chardonnay, and How To Be A Wine Expert
  • Conducted tastings for three ASA Connecticut Chapter meetings, one ASA New Jersey Chapter and the ASA Boston Chapter
  • Conducted seminar and tasting for the Eisner-Amper accounting firm, and two seminars and tastings for local law firms
  • Interviewed on CNBC which resulted in 200 telephone requests for a list of recommended value wines
  • CBS Morning Show on camera interview focusing on counterfeit wine, October 2013
  • Interview focusing on seven deadly wine disasters including heat/cold exposure American Express Co. publication Black Ink Fall/Winter 2013
  • Proposed and attended a tasting of twelve presumed counterfeit wines with Robert Parker, Jr., the world’s best known wine critic, and four other wine industry professionals. Mr. Parker agreed that all were counterfeit. June 2011
  • Heavy focus on forensic examinations of counterfeit wines with a dozen clients and hundreds of bottles deemed counterfeit
  • Spoke to the New York City Wine Media Guild: The Case of Fake Wines, November 2013
  • Interviewed on BBC Radio Live discussing fraud and heat affected wines, August 2014
  • Decanter Magazine, interviewed by Howard Goldberg in Action News on Fraud, September 2012
  • Managed the first ten wine auctions including catalog preparation for Morrell & Co., New York 1994-1995

Partial Recent Client List

Insurance Companies

Chubb Insurance
Ironshore Specialty Insurance
ACE Private risk Services
AIG Insurance
State Auto Insurance
Fireman’s Fund Insurance
Society Insurance
State Farm Insurance
Chartis Private Insurance Group
United Services Auto Association
Pure Insurance
Bituminous Insurance
Prosight Specialty Insurance

Organizations

Enservio Select
O’Toole-Ewald Art Associates
Winston Art Group; wine consultant
L. W. G. Consulting
River Valley Wine Cellars
The Venetian, Las Vegas

Hundreds of Individual Clients

Law Firms

Irell & Manella
Cozen O’Connor
McLaughlin & Stern
Douthit, Frets, Rouse, Gentile & Rhodes
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Warner Partners
Rosenthal, Herman & Notaro
Binder & Binder
Schuman, Daltrop, Basran & Robin
Burns & Levinson
Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello

Governmental

U.S. Secret Service
Brooklyn, New York, District Attorney
Personal Chef of a former U. S. President

Court Cases

Deposed 4 times, testified 3 times

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Annie Edgerton, CSW

Certification and Education

  • Master of Wine candidate, Institute of Masters of Wine
  • Accredited Member, Appraisers’ Association of America
  • Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits, Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) 2019
  • Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers, March 2014
  • Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) Society of Wine Educators 2019
  • Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Society of Wine Educators 2011
  • WSET Advanced Certificate (with Distinction) 2011
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant through January 2023
  • Certified in the Art of Sabrage (sabering open Champagne), July 2011
  • Tuscan Wine Masters Academy, April 2012
  • Napa Valley Rocks (soil character focus), March 2011
  • Wines of Portugal Academia do Vinho Level 3 Advanced, October 2014
  • Society of Wine Educators, 2010 – Present
  • Wine Spectator’s Wine Experience, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2019, 2020
  • Windows on the World Wine School (with Kevin Zraly), 2003
  • Dartmouth College – B. A. 1993

Articles and Publications

  • Freelance Wine and Spirits Writer for Connecticut syndicated newspapers 1997-2001 including articles on Affordable Holiday Wines, Microbrew Beers, Loire Valley Wines, Connecticut Wine Trail Wineries and more.
  • Guest blogger for http://www.snooth.com and other websites.
  • Since 2009, blogs at https://wineminxannie.com/wine-writing (formerly at www.wineminx.blogspot.com )with over 60 articles including: NYC wine bars, Wines of Turkey, Arizona Wine, Franciacorta Sparkling Wines, Napa Valley Chardonnays, and many more.
  • Featured and quoted in “A Sparkling Conversation” article for Bespoke Concierge Magazine Winter 2014/2015 regarding differences between Champagne and Prosecco.

Wine Industry Experience

  • Appraiser, Edgerton Wine Appraisals, 1995 – Present
    Creates wine cellar inventories and determines fair market/auction values; to date for over 300 clients’ cellars. Gathers and examines information relevant to wine fraud and storage-related damage. Writes full Insurance, Estate, and Donation reports adhering to standards set by USPAP and AAA. Assists clients with purchase and sales for personal collections.
  • Host of Informative Wine Tastings, 2002 – Present
    Organizes and hosts wine tastings/classes for small and large groups in order to raise participants’ awareness and experience of wine. Topics include: Bubbly, Affordable French Reds, and Wine 101: Introduction and Overview.
    Curates and hosts wine dinners, working with chefs on multi-course paired dinners; recently at The Lion, NYC, and for private clients.
  • Television and Online Media Host, 2016 – Present
    Creator and host of “Broadway Buzzed” on YouTube, a series of wine and spirits educational videos with stars of Broadway and Off-Broadway. Co-creator and Host of “Wine Minx: UNCORKED,” a wine, food, and travel television show currently in pre-production. Creator and Host of “Drinks with the Minx,” a series of livestreams, webinars, and short videos featuring diverse guests.
  • Social Media Maven and Sales Associate, Flatiron Wines & Sprits, NY, 2021-Present
    Creates content for and manages social media accounts, focusing on education and exploration. Also assists customers with purchases and orders.
  • Sales Associate, Tribeca Wine Merchants, NY, 2005 – 2006
    Worked part-time assisting clients with high-end wine purchases, as well as advising walk-in clients and organizing nightly in-store wine tastings.
  • Wine Appraiser, Phillips Auctions & Appraisals, NY, 1997
    Valued wines for prospective auction clients. (Note: Phillips is no longer involved with wine auctions in New York.)
  • Auction Assistant,  Morrell & Company Fine Wine Auctions, NY, 1994 – 1996 (occasional)
    Handled absentee bids for one auction, acted as liaison for telephone bidders for two auctions.

Speeches, Seminars, Events

  • Wine Styles: Past, Present, and Future
    An in-depth exploration of wine styles both historic and modern; the origins and accidents that formed them; and what’s to come with advances in technology and issues like climate change, Society of Wine Educators conference 2022
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Red Blends Come to Play
    An overview of modern red wine blends and classics from Bordeaux, Amarone, Portugal, and more, including a “do-it-yourself” blending trial, Society of Wine Educators virtual conference 2021
  • What’s New In New Zealand: Kiwi Juice Heads into the Future
    A look at less-common grape varieties, wine styles, and innovative techniques from some of NZ’s most exciting winemakers, Society of Wine Educators conference 2021
  • All You REALLY Need to Know About Wine
    An overview on growing, making, storing, serving, and enjoying wine, American Society of Appraisers online webinar 2021
  • Sherry’s “Best of Both Worlds” – on Amontillado and Palo Cortado
    A discussion of the two styles of Sherry aged both biologically (under flor) and oxidatively, Institute of Masters of Wine Student Presentation 2021
  • Not Yo Momma’s White ZIn & Passing Provence: the BEST and the REST of Rosé
    On unusual rosés from around the world, Society of Wine Educators virtual conference 2020
  • Heat, Floods, Fakes… and Skunks: the Art of the Wine Appraisal (and Beyond)
    With business partner and father William H. Edgerton, Society of Wine Educators 2019
  • Outlier States: Wine Gems from the REST of the Country
    Featuring quality wines from Maine, Indiana, Arizona, New Jersey, and Missouri, Society of Wine Educators 2018
  • Let’s Talk Turkey
    A showcase of thirteen different Turkish wines with a spotlight on amazing indigenous varieties, Society of Wine Educators 2015

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