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Tom Cannavan

Tom Cannavan of wine-pages.com

Tom was a pioneer on the Internet, first publishing his online wine magazine, www.wine-pages.com, in 1995. Since then he has carved a successful and award-winning career writing about wine both online and in print, judging wines at major competition across the globe, delivering entertaining and informative masterclasses and broadcasting on television and radio. With catholic tastes in wine, Tom loves it all from sparkling to sweet, and is living proof that even 6'1" Glaswegians love delicate wines.

 

QA: 
Question: 
What’s your favourite wine?
Answer: 
Impossible to say, because it changes all the time and I love so many styles. I adore Champagne, especially if you can stick even modest, non- vintage bottles away in a dark, cool place for a couple of years, which can really transform them.
Question: 
What did you do before wine?
Answer: 
A whole list of things! Having graduated from Glasgow School of Art I was involved in the arts for some time, from music to creating public art, before being grabbed simultaneously by the wine and computer bugs. Parallel careers in IT and wine writing took off, until wine finally won the day at the turn of the millennium. Since then, I've realised this is the job I was always meant to do.
Question: 
What do you like to eat?
Answer: 
I've done (and loved) the whole 3* Michelin thing. When one of those 'Grande Tables' gets it right it is just a stunning sensory experience, and I'd rarely turn down the chance to partake. However, more and more these days I find myself really enjoying the new breed of ingredient-obsessed chefs who keep things simple, but provide stunning flavour combinations in more relaxed, less formal settings. At home I am maestro of risotto and scones.
Question: 
Is there a wine that really sticks in your memory?
Answer: 
Chateau Haut-Brion 1989 is a "Parker 100-point" 1st growth Bordeaux that costs an arm and a leg. In a restaurant near Marseilles a few years ago the food was absolute rubbish, but they had this wine on the list at about half of the then current retail price. It still cost us a small fortune, but we drank it under a starlit sky on their terrace overlooking the sparkling Med, and suddenly the dodgy food seemed totally insignificant...
Question: 
Where, and with whom, would you drink your last bottle?
Answer: 
I'd drink it with my partner of 30 years (who else?) and it would be something spectacular. A few years ago I tasted the 1914 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs Champagne, so a bottle (or magnum) of that would do nicely. Where? In the garden of our 17th century cottage on the Scottish coast, with beautiful views of the sea and a feeling of timelessness.