The Wine Chaser is Jonny Tyson, wine educator, wine lover, certified sommelier, WSET Diploma holder and am a Certified WSET Educator, experiencing the world of wine. I have more recently passed my French, Italian and Spanish Wine Scholar with the Wine Scholar Guild and teach these classes too.
I am from the UK, and live in London, but have spent many years of my professional life in Vancouver BC, Canada. I co-own the South London Wine School and teach wine and beer courses both for professionals and enthusiasts. I used work in the restaurant business doing everything from serving, managing, wine buying and as a sommelier. I have also been a buyer for a leading Vancouver speciality wine, craft beer and spirit retailer.
I grew up visiting my grandparents in Panzano-in-Chianti in Tuscany where they grew vines on a beautiful property. They were also at the forefront of planting vines and making wine in Sussex in the 1950’s as part of the very early days of the English wine renaissance, so a love of wine is in the blood!
Points and Stars?
I use the 100 point system as it seems the way things are going with wine criticism but I also use (as on my beer blog) a 5 star rating , although shown here as corkscrews! This equates to: