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Tom is a dynamic and upbeat live presenter. He has a natural knack for communicating in an engaging way about drink (and food!) with a bright, playful charisma - and a sense of humour!

 

An in-demand wine communicator, he was shortlisted for the 2019 IWSC Outstanding Achievement In Wine Award.

Tom was just fourteen when his career in hospitality kicked off, peeling carrots and potatoes in a local Sussex pub at the weekend. It didn't take him many years to recognize that his natural habitat was behind the bar rather than in the professional kitchen. He developed a passion for, and strong knowledge  of beers and spirits, becoming fascinated by 'pub culture' and the sociable, supportive community it can build. He continued to work in Sussex's pubs and bars throughout his teens.

After college, Tom started working at London's The Club at The Ivy, where his passion for wine burgeoned. He took his WSET qualifications and now holds their highest-level, the Diploma.

 

In 2014, hooked on wine and with a growing reputation as an expert, Tom left the restaurant side of the industry to follow his passion for wine full-time. He joined Ridgeview,  renowned pioneers of quality English sparkling wine, based in Sussex. He is now Ridgeview’s Sales & Business Development Director. 

 

Alongside his Ridgeview role, Tom was drawn to communicating about wine more broadly.

Tom joined the original line-up of Three Wine Men - Oz Clarke, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin - at the UK’s leading wine events. Having hosted masterclasses at the events for a number of years, in 2018, Tom was invited to join the official line-up and is now a well-established, popular member of the 'trio'.

Tom is the lead presenter for the brand-new wine app Pingza, which was launched to the public in December 2019. Tom records entertaining and educational film content for the app, giving users unique insight into wine including food and wine pairing, grape varieties, wine regions and hosting guests at live tastings and events.

With his partner in wine Henry Butler, Tom is one half of the duo producing the anarchic and entertaining live event Battle Of The Bottles, which to the surprise of everyone involved has a rapidly growing cult following. Events regularly take place in London and Brighton.

Tom is a Speakers Corner recommended public speaker.

 

In 2019, British Airways launched their food and drink experience events, with chefs including Tom Kerridge, Ollie Dabbous and José Pizarro. Tom is the expert chosen to lead the wine events, which he hosts at the beautiful Pitzhanger Manor in London.

Tom recently made his TV debut appearing as a wine expert for ITV’s This Morning, and is also a regular wine expert on BBC Sussex & Surrey Radio with a monthly slot.

© Tom Surgey 2020