To enjoy the taste of a glass of wine was never an issue. Knowing enough to order intelligently was a different story. In 1986, a weekend trip to Napa Valley changed everything; it was the awakening of a passion. He began collecting wines in the early 1990's and has never looked back.
In 1984, at the behest of his boss, Tom embarked on a journey into the realm of food and wine, armed with little knowledge. As with all his endeavors, he started from the ground up, ultimately transforming into a globally acclaimed wine authority. His prolific pen has produced over 200 published articles on the subjects of wine and food. He has earned coveted features in every major English-language wine magazine, solidifying his place as an industry luminary.
Tom's influence extends beyond his literary prowess. He's held esteemed positions within organizations like the Commanderie de Bordeaux, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. Over the past four decades, he has orchestrated some of the world's most pivotal wine tastings, including comprehensive evaluations of iconic names like Petrus, Latour, Lafite, Mouton, Haut Brion, and Pichon Lalande in Bordeaux. His pursuits ventured into Burgundy, encompassing legendary domains such as La Tâche, Rousseau, Jadot, Leroy, and more. Stateside, his expertise spans a range from Screaming Eagle to Bryant Ridge, Beringer, Heitz, Phelps, and beyond. No other living individual boasts the breadth of comprehensive tastings orchestrated by Tom.
Adding to his achievements, Tom authored the immensely popular "Doing Business at the Table," a definitive guide to exuding impeccable professional and social etiquette while hosting business meals of all kinds.