Don’t forget to look out for Senior Wine Hosts, Tom, Mel and Chris, on your next visit…just don’t ask them what their favourite glass of wine is, you won’t have time for the answer!
Tom Forrest first fell in love with wine at the age of 18 when he was given a bottle of Nuits St-Georges by a hotel manager and has never looked back. He has been with Vinopolis since the beginning, so there is nothing he doesn’t know about it!
Well-respected in the field Tom has been a judge and panel chairman at the International Wine Challenge since 1998, the Sommelier’s Wine Challenge since 2007 and the Decanter World Wine Awards since 2009. He is also a member of the tasting panel for Decanter Magazine and is the author of The Complete Wine Course published by Carlton Books.
In 2007 he won CIVC UK Champagne Ambassador competition, an award that recognizes the work of wine lecturers, tutors and teachers across Europe. His knowledge and enthusiasm has led him to appear on the big screen several times, so you may have seen him on “This Morning”, “Fake Britain, “Sky News”, “The Today Programme” or heard him on various local radio stations over the past 12 years.
Tom runs Vinopolis’ monthly Wine School and Food and Wine Matching masterclasses. He co-ordinates and teaches on Vinopolis’ Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses and is available for exclusive private tastings.
Read about Tom’s most recent wine adventure aboard Celebrity Cruise’s Constellation as featured in the Daily Mail or watch him do what he knows best on the BBC Daily Politics Show!
If you would like to make a specific request for Tom in your private tasting sessions or masterclasses, please contact email@example.com.
Mel’s Aussie Adventure: find out all about Mel’s recent trip to Australia here.
Melanie started out in the finance industry and later realised her calling was in wine. She holds the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits and is particularly passionate about presenting and engaging with an audience, so regularly hosts Masterclasses and group tastings and organises ‘Meet the Wine Master’ dinners in our restaurants.
As a qualified WSET Educator, she works closely with Tom to offer accredited wine courses. If absolutely pushed to make a decision, her favourite wines are dry Riesling from Germany and Pinot Noir from Oregon, USA, but that does change!
When she’s not sniffing, swirling and slurping, she sings regularly with the West London Choir & performs at a variety of events including community outreach and flashmob performances.
Check out Mel analysing the different tastes of water on the BBC’s ‘Water Test‘ and follow her on Twitter @VinopolisMel. If you would like to make a specific request for Mel in your private tasting sessions or masterclasses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris began drinking Country Manor, Liebfraumilch and Le Piat D’or in the 80s, thankfully moving on to bigger and better things after trying Jacobs Creek at the age of 19. Post university he began a career in retail management for Thresher Wine Merchants, finally escaping to the sunnier climes of Australia where he further developed his love of wine in the vineyards of Barossa, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Hunter Valley.
Chris is currently studying for his Level 4 WSET Diploma, after which he hopes to train to be a qualified wine educator. In the meantime he is studying hard by sampling his favourite wines, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Grande Dame Vintage Champagne and Château Musar. Hey, someone’s got to do it, right?
Follow Chris on Twitter for all the latest tasting experience updates!
If you would like to make a specific request for Chris in your private tasting sessions or masterclasses, please contact email@example.com.