Award-winning Tom Cannavan is one of the UK’s best-loved wine experts, having published his online wine magazine, wine-pages.com, since 1995. He has also organised hugely successful wine fairs and has written for Decanter, The Financial Times and The Independent amongst others. He has written or contributed to 10 wine books.
Tom has judged the world’s most prestigious wine competitions, on five continents. A multi-award winning journalist and communicator, he is acclaimed both for his knowledge and his friendly style. He presents masterclasses to both consumers and the wine trade across the UK.
Many tastings organised by wine merchants and events companies are little more than sales pitches, but Tom has no commercial connection to the wines featured in his events. He is entirely independent, and widely regarded as one of the world’s top authorities. Now, anyone, anywhere, can learn from one of the great wine communicators in tastings that are relaxed and fun, but taught with real expertise – and no agenda other than to inform and entertain.
Using Zoom, each tasting is led by Tom. His carefully-chosen wines, supplied by independent wine merchants, will be delivered to your door. These are interactive, high-quality tastings, but are informal and fun. Discussion and questions are encouraged, and if you miss any session we’ll send you a recording so you can catch-up at your leisure.
See the current programme and join us to discover this innovative way to explore, learn and spend an enjoyable evening in the company of fellow wine fans and one of the UK’s leading experts.
How long does each tasting session last?
We usually start at 7pm, and run until around 8:15pm
Do I need to buy the wines to join a tasting or course?
No, you are welcome to join without doing so. Each tasting comes with a selection of wines chosen by Tom with a genuine discount he has negotiated with his retail partners, but Tom takes no commission on wines sold.
Are the tastings interactive, or can I just observe?
Tom welcomes questions and discussion, but it is not necessary: some people prefer to just watch and listen, and that's absolutely fine.
Can I split the tasting fee and wines with friend and family?
Absolutely: the fee for attending allows one login, but it is per household, so if friends or family want to get together that's OK. They can obviously share the wines too if doing so.
Isn't opening three bottles in one night a bit wasteful?
Not at all: the wines should all drink well for a few days if stored in the fridge, but you can also order our wine preservation kit that promises to keep wines fresh for up to 10 days after opening.
What if I buy a ticket then find something comes up on the night?
We record every session, so you will still be able to taste along and watch Tom's presentation and your fellow tasters' reactions to the wines.