Tom developed a keen interest in wine throughout his formative years, whilst accompanying Philip on many trips to the Cote d’Or. Tom was displaying an eye for wine from an early age, and even upstaged the esteemed wine professionals at Christies at the age of 13 when he spotted that a 12 bottle case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1959 had actually been reconditioned and not sold in the condition stated at sale. (Interestingly that case purchased for £16,000 in 2000 is now worth £150,000!).
Tom initially seemed to be heading to the City and the financial markets following University where he read History, however with the investment wine market burgeoning and an opportunity to marry both his passion for fine wine with an investment based business it was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed.