About Tim Syrad

Tim Syrad of Tim Syrad Wines

Having rejected a career in insurance to pursue my life time passion for wine in 1991, I have built a business based on celebrating the passion, excitement – and sometimes sublime enjoyment – that wine brings.

I run wine societies in Richmond and Teddington that meet monthly and give people the chance to discover new wines and new wine regions in a relaxed, convivial setting.

Since 2001 I have taken over 100 groups of people on wine tours to over 25 wine regions in Europe and the New World.  More than 400 people have come on tour with me, and many people come back every year, something I am very proud of.  I was awarded ‘Specialist Tour Guide of the Year’ in the 2019 Wanderlust World Guide Awards, thanks to the nominations and recommendations of dozens of my clients.

I also run fine wine tastings and dinners, cheese and wine courses and speak at other wine groups. I have a corporate wine event business called Taste of the Grape.

People keep coming back to the events and tours I run because I believe wine should be fun. I try to celebrate the enjoyment that wine brings, whether in discovering a new wine variety or region, or perceiving a new aroma or taste, or identifying a fascinating match between wine and food.

I am passionate about connecting wine lovers with wine makers.  I make sure we meet the owners, wine makers and vineyard managers when we visit wineries, and I invite them as guest speakers at home events.  I really believe that great wine is not just a reflection of its terroir (a fancy word to describe the combination of soil, aspect and climate) but also of the people who make it.

I sell wine that have been popular at the tastings I run, the details of wines we have tasted are on my blog.

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07850 329111