Tom on TV part 2

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.

austriaAustria goes Groovy

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

portugalWines of Portugal

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.

valentinesValentine’s wines

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.

supermarket-wineSupermarket own-label

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

barbecuesFire up the grill

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.

sauvignon blancSauvignon sings

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.

rose wineFirst of the summer rosés

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.

australiaWine Australia

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.

less famliar grapesA (bushy) tail of three wines

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 mckenzieUSA with Aggie McKenzie

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.

craig-hillFrench wines with Craig Hill

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.

oddbinsThree from Oddbins

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.

tescoThree from Tesco

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.

world cup of wine finalWorld Cup of Wine – the final!

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.

world cup of wine round 2World Cup of Wine round II

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.

world cup of wine 1World Cup of Wine round I

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.

majesticMajestic wines

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

sainsbury'sSupermarket Savvy

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.

south africaSouth African Spirit

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.

argentinaViva Argentina

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.

italian wineItaly south to north

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.

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