With over 50 years of combined experience, the father-daughter team of William and Annie Edgerton can help with your wine appraisal and wine authentication needs. William is an internationally-recognized expert in wine appraisal and counterfeit identification and has been certified as an Accredited Senior Wine Appraiser by the American Society of Appraisers. Annie is a designated Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators, is a Certified Sommelier, and has an Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
From 1989 to 2005 Edgerton published the WINE PRICE FILE, the largest available listing of retail and auction prices of wine in print at that time, which was described by the renowned wine critic Robert M. Parker’ Jr., as “An essential source of current information on the value of fine wine.”
In 2006, William Edgerton founded and maintains the website www.wineauctionprices.com, which provides detailed results, including the number of bottles in each lot, from major cataloged wine auctions worldwide. This site is one of the world’s largest compilations of wine auction results available to the public and currently contains about 600,000 entries.
Both Edgertons have attended and presented wine seminars and have authored articles or been quoted in various journals. William has travelled extensively in French, German, Italian, and Californian vineyards. Annie has visited vineyards across the US, France, Turkey, Portugal, and Sicily. Since 2009 she writes and maintains the blog wineminx.blogspot.com.
Both have been heavily involved in the identification of counterfeit wines.
Getting Started With an Appraisal
There is never a charge for an initial consultation, but when you discuss your requirements it would be helpful to know:
- What is the purpose of the appraisal?
- Is there an existing inventory of the wine of will one need to be made?
- Roughly what kinds of wine are included and what is the approximate quantity?
- Has the wine been stored in temperature-control?
In most cases it will be possible to quote the exact amount an appraisal will cost. Wine appraisal pricing is based on the type of wine being appraised, whether or not the inventory is in computer-readable form, and determining how many singletons are on the list.
If an inventory needs to be made we can arrange to have it done anywhere in the U.S., in many cases by local wine experts. If wine has to be tasted to determine if storage has been adequate, tasting notes can be prepared or if shipping has to be done, detailed packing instructions will be provided.
Most appraisals can be completed promptly, and expedited service is available.
The appended qualifications show a list of recent business clients, and references are available on request.