Tom is confident, energetic... and a wine expert. He offers wine masterclasses, and will chat to you forever about grapes and regions. The best thing about him? Well despite his background at The Ivy, he is pro-supermarket wine.
Tom Surgey is a young, confident, and energetic wine expert and presenter. He is a natural communicator with a sense of humour and plenty of charisma. Tom presents at wine masterclasses and pairing events across the country, is a director at a luxury English Sparkling Wine business and is part of Oz Clarke, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin’s Three Wine Men tour. We are sure that Tom’s experience, qualifications and enthusiasm to make wine more accessible to a wider audience will lead to an accomplished television and media career.
Tom started his career in hospitality at fourteen when he hopped off the school bus and asked his local Sussex pub if they had any jobs. He was put to work peeling carrots and potatoes after school and at weekends. It was the start of a career in hospitality that Tom has not deviated from since. During his school and college years, he worked behind bars in the evenings and developed a passion and strong knowledge of beers and spirits. Since his mid-teens when Tom first started working in pubs, he has been fascinated by 'pub culture' and the sociable, supportive community it can build.
After college, Tom moved to London and started working at highly regarded member’s only club, The Club at The Ivy. It was at The Ivy that Tom’s passion for wine really began. He started taking his WSET qualifications there of which he now holds a Diploma qualification. As his knowledge of wine grew, Tom was increasingly called upon to talk wine with guests and at Christmas would advise on wine choices in Annabel's Cellars under Berkeley Square. Wine had got him, he was hooked!
In 2014, Tom left the restaurant side of the industry to follow his passion for wine full-time. Tom joined Ridgeview in Sussex; producers of some of the finest English sparkling wine and true pioneers of quality winemaking in England and he is now Ridgeview’s Sales & Business Development Director.
Tom works with wine heavyweights Oz Clarke, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin on Three Wine Men, which is a wine tour the group take around the country presenting wine. Having been invited to support the original trio at events in 2017 – Tom has now become one of the trio, replacing one of the legendary originals at events throughout the year. As well as joining in the fun talking to guests and introducing them to wines, Tom hosts masterclasses on specific themes which guests can book on to join. These can be on any subject but common themes include sparkling wine or cheese and wine matching.
Tom is a regular wine expert on BBC Sussex & Surrey Radio with a monthly slot. Throughout 2019 he will be on the radio at 2pm every third Tuesday of the month talking wine.
Outside of wine Tom loves cooking, travelling the world with his wife Olivia and tries to do some running occasionally. Tom is also a massive punk rock fan… he’s still working on the relationship between wine and punk rock!
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