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Tom Cannavan

Wine writer Tom Cannavan was a pioneer of wine on the Internet when he launched in 1995. In 2008 he was awarded the trophy as Louis Roederer International Online Wine Writer of the Year (also shortlisted 2010, 2011, 2013) and in 2010 the Portuguese wine industry named him Wine Writer of the Year. Tom is also a popular and accomplished broadcaster on TV and radio, with his weekly wine slot on Scottish TV and frequent appearances on BBC Radio Scotland (see below).

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art, Tom worked as a teacher and lecturer. His passion for wine burned brightly and he began writing wine articles for magazines in 1994. By 2002 he had made the switch to full-time wine and food writer and wine judge. remains Tom's passion, but he has carved a reputation in print too: his writing credits including Decanter and World of Fine Wine and his writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Sunday Times, Financial Times and The Independent. Tom has written or contributed to 10 wine books, including The Wine Report, the Which? Wine Guide and the Good Web Guide to Wine. He is a founder member of with colleagues Ant Rose, Jo Simon, David Williams and Jane Parkinson.

   An experienced international wine judge, Tom has judged some of the world's most prestigious wine competitions on four continents, including several competitions in Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Italy, France, Germany and the UK. He is a Chairman of the Georgian National Wine Competition. Tom is regularly called upon to present masterclasses to the wine trade across the UK, and as a public speaker he hosts fun wine tastings for corporate clients.

In 2004 Tom launched sister title and in 2006 he launched to complete his portfolio of online drinks titles.

Tom says he has catholic tastes and 'enjoys all fine wines, especially with good food and good company.'

Tom on TV and radio

Tom has made over 100 broadcasts on Scottish Televsion's hit tea-time magazine show, The Hour. He is also resident wine expert on BBC Radio Scotland, appearing regularly on Fred Macaulay's mid-morning show.

As Scotland's most recognisible wine authority Tom doesn't take himself too seriously. His expertise is widely acknowledged, as is his passion and enthusiasm for wine, whether that be presenting the world's finest wines to highly knowledgeable audiences, or in his TV and radio work. Whether broadcasting live from the studio, tasting wines with celebrity guests or filing reports from the field, Tom enjoys this chance to be a little less serious - but hopefully always informative - about wine. Watch the video for a taster, and see Tom on TV.

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