|Name Tom Cannavan|
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Tom Cannavan is a Scottish author and a wine journalist. He is considered a pioneer presence on internet of the British wine writing establishment.
In his youth Tom had a foretaste of fame as lead vocalist and guitarist in the budding band Restricted Code. He co-wrote (in partnership with his schoolmate Frank Quadrelli) all the songs for this relatively successful band, drawing on influences from punk, new wave, funk and soul. A promising early career was marked by recording, touring with The Human League in UK and Europe, leading to some John Peel sessions. Paul Morley in NME picked them as “band most likely to…” in 1980, and they were noted as the “best gig of 1980” in Sounds.
Cannavan has run the website wine-pages.com since November 1995, widely considered one of the best sites on wine, which received a recommendation by Robert Parker in his book The Wine Buyer's Guide.
Cannavan has published the book The Good Web Guide to Wine (2000) and is a contributor to the annual publications Which? Wine Guide and The Wine Report. He has also contributed to publications such as The Sunday Times, The Independent, The World of Fine Wine, Decanter and GrapesTALK.
In 2002 Cannavan created an immensely popular annual wine festival in his native city of Glasgow, with superb wines on tasting and amazing masterclasses. In 2017 he expanded this successful formula to become The Festival of Wine, which he organises in cities across the UK.
In September 2008, Cannavan won International Online Writer of the Year at the Louis Roederer awards for his website. Upon accepting the award Cannavan joked, "I deserve it, I work bloody hard". Cannavan organises wine tasting festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London in the UK under his brand Festival of Wine.
Cannavan has previously appeared on STV's The Hour programme as their resident wine expert, between 2009 and 2011, when the show came to an end. He is also the 'resident wine expert' on the BBC Radio Scotland show Macaulay & Co, hosted by Fred MacAulay.