Wine writer Tom Cannavan was a true pioneer of wine on the Internet when he launched in 1995. Among his awards are the trophy as Louis Roederer International Online Wine Writer of the Year, and the Portuguese wine industry’s award as Wine Journalist 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).

Having graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Tom had a brief spell as a professional musician, before settling down to life as a school teacher and then University lecturer. But his passion for wine burned brightly throughout and he began writing wine articles for magazines and newspapers in the early 1990s. By 2002 he had made the switch to full-time wine and food writer, broadcaster 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 founded the wine gang in 2008.

An experienced international wine judge, Tom has judged some of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions on four continents, judging in Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Italy, France, Germany and the UK. He is a Chairman of the Georgian National Wine Competition and has been Panel Chairman at competitions including The International Wine Challenge in London and Radici Competition in Italy.

Acclaimed for his knowledge and effortless delivery style, 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 and private clients.

Tom on TV and radio

With 100 live broadcasts for Scottish Television’s magazine show, The Hour, under his belt, Tom is an experienced and skilled broadcaster. He is also resident wine expert on BBC Radio Scotland.

As Scotland’s most recognisible wine expert Tom’s expertise is widely acknowledged, as is his passion and enthusiasm, whether presenting the world’s finest wines to highly informed audiences, or in his TV and radio work. Broadcasting from the studio, tasting wines with celebrity guests or filing reports from the field, Tom always enjoys this chance to be a little less serious about wine. Watch the video taster and see Tom on TV.

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