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About Tim Syrad
Having rejected a career in insurance to pursue my passion for wine in 1991, I have built a business based on celebrating the enjoyment, excitement and even emotion or enlightenment that wine elicits. I love pairing wine with food, and have a particular love of cheese, as attendees at my now annual Cheese Courses can attest!
I hold the WSET Diploma in wine and am a member of a member of the Association of Wine Educators.
I sell wine and run wine events that are informal, informative and very enjoyable.
Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies have been running for many years. These meet monthly and give people the chance to discover new wines and new wine regions in a relaxed atmosphere and convivial setting.
My fine wine Masterclasses and occasional wine courses offer an opportunity to explore rarer, finer and more expensive wines and to match wines with food. I believe fervently that wine tasting should be fun, celebrating 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.
Details of wines we have tasted in the last year or so are here, I sell wine to local clients and by mail order from my online shop. I run tastings at other wine groups, and I have a corporate wine event business called Taste of the Grape.
Since 2001 I have taken over 110 groups of people on wine tours to over 25 wine regions in Europe and the New World. Nearly 500 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 am passionate about connecting wine lovers with wine makers. On tour 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.
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.