Broadcast weekly across the Scottish Television network, The Hour was a lively magazine programme were Tom was the resident wine expert, in the studio live or on location every week to taste a selection of wines with the show’s hosts and special guests.
Since being rocked by scandal in the 1980s sales of Austrian wine plummeted. But since the new millennium there has been an explosion of interest in Austrian wines, led by the Grüner Veltliner grape
Many people have a preconception of Portuguese wines based on a 70s image of sweet, lightly sparkling wines. But in fact with its wealth of indigenous grapes Portugal’s wine industry is one of the most interesting in Europe.
Turtle doves were cooing when I presented three ‘romantic’ wines for Valentine’s day in this episode, a delicious rosé Cava, a Champagne made for Maxim’s in Paris, and a bottle chosen for its gift potential.
A budget-conscious theme to the wines on the show this week as we put three supermarket own-label wines to the test. One of them, a very unusual dry, white Pedro Ximinez from Chile goes down a
Broadcast in late summer, this show features a selection of three wine ideal for barbecues (and grills) with a crowd-pleasing final choice, a rich and fruity Californian Zinfandel.
This show focused on Sauvignon Blanc, but the TV crew turn the tables on me by presenting me with the cheapest wine on sale in Scotland to taste live on air: all £1.11’s worth of Bulgarian wine from Tesco.
A tasting of three pink wines, but two of them offering something distinctly different: a fruity Merlot Rosé from Chile, a Pink Port from Croft and ‘Fresita’ a sparkling wine infused with Patagonian strawberries.
Drinking habits were revolutionised in the 1970s when Australian wines started to appear on our shelves. This tasting shows two classic Australian grapes and styles – a Chardonnay and red blend.
Squirrel-gate! I present three wines looking to expand the horizons with unusual and less familar grapes, but am ambushed by my co-presenter Michelle McManus and a giant squirrel (don’t ask).
Aggie McKenzie of ‘How Clean is your House?’ (and a secret wine buff) joins me in the studio to taste a trio of wines from California including a fabulous ‘Fumé’ Sauvignon Blanc from Rober Mondavi.
Fun and games as Scottish comedian Craig Hill joins me. We taste through a selection of three wines representing classic regions of France with a very good value white Burgundy and an off-dry Pinot Gris from Alsace.
I’m on location once again this week, with my trawl through Oddbins in search of three wines: one to drink now, one to hold for a while and one destined for the cellar.
In this episode I am out and about on another challenge, to find three excellent value wines at different price points in Tesco. I settle on an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc, a Côtes du Rhône and a mature Shiraz.
In the three weeks running up to the FIFA World Cup I conducted my own Wine World Cup. This week it’s the final – a straight shoot-out between the four qualifying teams: Germany, England, Argentina and South Africa.
Last week The Hour launched its own ‘World Cup of Wine’. In round two, another four nations play off their wines against each other to see who goes through to next week’s final.
Coinciding with the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, The Hour launched its own ‘World Cup of Wine’. One wine from each of the eight top-seeded countries compete. In week One, England vs Spain.
In this location broadcast I pay a visit to wine warehouse Majestic. I’m in search of the best bottles: one to drink immediately, one to save for special occasions, and one to add to the
Earlier this year I shot a number of location films from supermarkets and high street wine chains. This one takes viewers through a selection of three wines from Sainsbury’s.
For a national wine industry that struggled for many years under the yoke of apartheid, South African winemaking today is in a robust and confident state, including a fizz, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinotage.
For this episode of The Hour regular hosts Stpehen Jardine and Michelle McManus join me to sample a trio of Argentinean wines, of course featuring Torrontes and Malbec, as well as a much more unusual Tannat.
Italy is the biggest wine producing country on the planet, and we taste an inexpensive Nero d’Avola from Sicily, move through to a classic Chianti from Tuscany and end up in the northwest with a Barbera from Piedmont.
go to older shows in part 3