From 2009 to 2011 Tom broadcast a weekly wine slot across the Scottish Television network (STV), as part of a lively magazine programme. Tom was the show’s resident wine expert throughout, in the studio or on location every week to taste a selection of wines with the show’s hosts and special guests. The majority of the wine segments – around 75 of the 100+ broadcasts – are archived here, courtesy of Scottish Television.

3 fine fizzesThree Fine Fizzes

A fizzing show as we tasted three sparkling wines: a quality Prosecco from Italy, a fine rosé Champagne lookalike from New Zealand and the 2002 Champagne from Veuve Clicquot.

wines with personalityWines with Attitude

Many people regard the science (or is it art?) of wine tasting as bunk. Here I offer three examples of wines with BIG personalities, that should convince sceptics that wine comes in many  guises.

roseYear-round Rosé

I’m joined by interior designers Justin and Colin to taste through a selection of rosés including an old vines Cinsault from France, a Malbec Rosé from Argentina and a sparkling pink from Australia.

sherrySherry Showdown

Tom tries manfully to persuade Michelle McManus of the delights of dry Amontillado Sherry with disastrous results. We also taste a lovely Fino and a luscious, 30-year-old Pedro Ximenez.

french winesFrench Fancies

Has the death of the French wine industry been exaggerated?  I set out to prove that at moderate price levels French wines from classic grapes and regions still punch their weight.

wines for takeawaysWines for a Takeway

Many of us enjoy a takeaway meal on a Friday evening, so is there is a place for wine in the weekend treat mix too? I pick three bottles to complement some classic takeaway dinners.

summer winesWines for Summer

In a special series of summer broadcasts, Tom is the host in the studio to presents some dedicated wine features. First up three crisp, fresh whites bursting with flavour.

pancake winesPancake wines

Broadcast just before ‘pancake Tuesday’, this episode saw Tom try to match wines with three very different styles of pancake, from a savoury French-style crepe to classic dessert pancakes.

fairtrade wineFairtrade wines

Faitrade is an organisation that makes sure farmers in developing countries get a fair price for their produce. Amanda Hamilton and Greg Stott join me to put three Fairtrade bottles to the test.

 

new zealand wineFresh Kiwis

New Zealand is well known for its Sauvignon Blanc, but this week we look at other white wine varieties coming out of the country including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Viognier.

wine with cheeseWine with Cheese

In this show I am joined by the ‘Roving Fromagiere’ Phoebe Weller to explore whether wine and cheese really are matches made in heaven, or need a little more careful consideration that that.

floral winesWine in Bloom

Three wines with a floral character: a fab Gewürztraminer, an Aglianico and a dessert Taminga from Australia. However, my co-presenter’s uncontrollable giggling fit threatens to bring things to a grinding halt!

wine diversityThe Spice of Life

Variety is the spice of life so we taste three less common white wine grapes including Cserszegi Fuszeres from Hungary, a Sauvignon Gris, and finally a fine Assyrtiko from Santorini in Greece.

Easter winesEaster Wines

Often a great family occasion, I selected three delicious wines to see viewers through Easter day lunch in style: a rich but crisp white, a savoury lamb-friendly red and a fine Late Bottle Vintage Port.

 

rose winesComing up Rosés

Three contrasting examples include an unusual Shiraz & Touriga Nacional blend, a delicate Provence Rosé and a sparkling rosé Pinot Noir from Australia.

new zealand winesNotes on New Zealand

Red wines are emerging stars of New Zealand. We taste a Pinot Noir from Marlborough, as well as a Kiwi white wine and a home-grown English fizz.

comic relief winesChuckle Brothers fun

How fitting for a week when I introduce three terrific wines, all being sold as part of the Comic Relief charity. I am joined on the live show by the legendary Chuckle Brothers, who are as unpredictable as ever.

spanish winesSpanish flavour

From fresh, zingy white wines to full-bodied, fruity reds, Spain has been on a roll in recent decades with new regions being developed and improvements in winemaking across the country.

pancake winesWines with… pancakes?

Pancakes might not sound like the ideal wine matching prospect, but we have a go, from Russian blinis with caviar to French crepes with deliciously savoury fillings, to the classic American breakfast.

miniature bottlesWine in miniature

There’s been a surge in the number of miniature bottles of wine on sale, but in our investigation we found many that weren’t as fresh as they should be, and that you pay a premium for the convenience.

viognierViognier va va voom!

This week we look at three examples of one of the most in vogue grape varieties of the moment, Viognier. Also in this episode, I keep going as co-presenter Michelle McManus goes into giggling melt down!

 

scottish winemakersScottish wines?

Possibly the most bizarre wine tasting ever seen on British television thanks to guest Noel Fielding – “The Mighty Boosh” – as we taste wines made by gifted Scottish winemakers.

ChampagneLet’s get fizzical

In the Hour’s last show before Christmas 2010 what else could we feature, but Champagne? From an ultra-reliable Grand Marque, to a brilliant and bargain-priced supermarket own-label vintage wine.

cwines for Christmas dinnerChristmas Trio

In this show we up the budget slightly with three wines costing more than £10, ideal for matching with a classic Christmas lunch based around roast turkey and Chrismas pudding.

chilling red winesRed wines chill out

Pop star to Opera star Darius joins me to taste through three red wines chosen specifically because they suit being served cool. We taste Barbera, Chinon and Beaujolais.

beaujolais 2010Le Beaujolias est arrivé

This show went out on the third Friday of November so we tasted the Beaujolais Nouveau from M&S which gets a mixed reaction, plus a nice little 2009 Beaujolais from Asda for less than a fiver.


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