Shedding some light on your favorite wine writers.
Tom Hyland is a freelance wine writer and photographer specializing in the wines of Italy. He lives in Chicago and recently completed his 77th trip to Italy. He has visited virtually every region in the country and is constantly amazed at the wonderful variety of wines produced from indigenous grapes (he is never amazed at the quality of the wines!). Tom Hyland has been in the wine business for 40 years, writing for 20 years, and been a professional photographer for the past 12 years. He currently contributes to publications such as Decanter and wine-searcher.com. He is a freelance photographer for Cephas Picture Library in England and has had my photos published in several publications, including Wine Spectator.
1. What was your first job as a writer?
2. What led you to becoming a wine writer?
I had worked for 15 years in the wine business, both in retail and wholesale. I enjoyed that, but after that much time, I felt I needed to go in a different direction. I wanted to share my knowledge and educate people about wine, and I knew I could reach a larger audience that way. It was also much more personally satisfying, as I am a creative person.
3. What kind of reader do you have in mind when you’re writing?
4. Where is the most magical place your wine writing has brought you?
5. What was one of your favorite articles to write, and why?
It’s difficult to select one, but a recent article about classic Barolo was particularly rewarding to write, not only because I love Barolo, but also because I believe that these wines that do not get the headlines of single-vineyard Barolos are excellent and represent the heart and soul, as well as the heritage of Barolo and its producers. We shouldn’t forget these wines.
Freelance Wine Writer, Reviewer, and Photographer
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6. What is the best advice someone has given you on your writing?
I haven’t received that much advice, but the one thing I remember is to get it right, meaning make sure your article is 100% accurate.
7. What would you be doing if you weren’t writing about wine?
Probably drinking a lot of it! (At my age, I don’t drink as much as I used to). Seriously, I’d spend more time on my photography, which has become my passion. In fact, in 2020 I was awarded first place (category: Places) as the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year.
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