What inspired Amanda Thomson to create the Thomson & Scott Skinny brand?
I grew up on a sugar-free, vegetarian diet and I’ve always been dedicated to keeping my diet and lifestyle healthy – I was finding that it was much easier to keep up a low-sugar diet in the foods that I ate, but it was extremely difficult to know what was in the wine and alcohol that I enjoyed. This compelled me to create Thomson & Scott Skinny and give health-conscious consumers like me the option to drink a premium sparkling wine that is vegan with reduced sugar and low levels of sulfites, as well as no additives like animal-derived by-products or harmful pesticides. Now, we offer a delicious range of premium wines in Thomson & Scott Skinny portfolio for customers to fall in love with.
How is Thomson & Scott Skinny produced, and how much sugar is in the product?
My mother always thought sugar was the devil - and I have to say, I agree! – so we certainly take every measure to ensure the Thomson & Scott Skinny wines don’t contain unnecessary sugar. We produce Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne and Skinny Prosecco via a revolutionary and proprietary vegan process to reduce the sugar content in our premium sparkling wines. Each bottle of Thomson & Scott Skinny has between 0.1g-7g of sugar per litre and doesn’t contain any additives such as harmful pesticides or animal-derived by-products.
Is your product organic, gluten-free or vegan?
Yes! All Thomson & Scott Skinny products are 100% vegan. We also don’t include any additives such as harmful pesticides or animal-derived by-products in our Champagne and Prosecco.
How much alcohol is in Thomson & Scott Skinny products, and is it comparable to competitors?
We certainly aren’t here to compare ourselves to other brands, but we can say that Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco is 11% ABV while Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne Grand Cru is 12% ABV.
How are Thomson & Scott Skinny products made, and where?
Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne and Skinny Prosecco are produced via a revolutionary and proprietary vegan process to reduce the sugar content in our premium sparkling wines. Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco is produced with 100% organic Glera grapes from the foothills of the Dolomites, which is close to Soligo in North East Italy. Skinny Champagne is made exclusively for us by master Champagne maker Alexandre Penet in Verzy, France.
How do you choose the blends that make up the product?
I’ve personally tasted hundreds of different makers’ products to find the right recipes that make Thomson & Scott Skinny so unique – and top quality! We are dedicated to ensuring that the process is as pure and transparent as it can be, while focusing on reducing sugar in all the products to stay true to our mission.
Why do you believe in more transparency in wine labelling, and why do you feel that the wine industry has not been more open to revealing their products’ ingredients?
Just as we are now all coming around to the notion of better eating, I’m advocating for better drinking to become part of our lifestyles as well. I can’t speak for others, but we are proud to provide as much information as possible about how the Thomson & Scott Skinny portfolio is created and exactly what’s in each bottle – and more importantly, what isn’t.
What made you leave your career as a BBC broadcaster to create the Thomson & Scott Skinny brand?
While I loved the experience of being a broadcaster for such an iconic network as the BBC, I fell in love with the opportunity of creating the Thomson & Scott Skinny brand to offer health-conscious consumers like myself a premium product they could enjoy without any guilt!
Where did you learn about wine-making?
Once I was inspired to found Thomson & Scott, I immediately enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and earned a Diploma in Wine and Wine Management. I also enlisted famed French wine producer Alexandre Penet to produce Thomson & Scott Skinny to ensure the premium, top-quality finished product that we launched to great fanfare.
Where is the Thomson & Scott Skinny brand being sold in the U.S.?
We’re excited to announce that while Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne and Skinny Prosecco are available in the Boston region via a limited launch, we will soon announce plans for a nationwide distribution.
To learn more, you can sign up for our waiting list at www.thomsonandscott.com!
Can we expect additional new product or category launches from Thomson & Scott Skinny in the future?
Absolutely! Just as I’ve chased new stories over the years as a reporter for BBC, I’m now completely dedicated to chasing after the next organic grape to continue developing the Thomson & Scott Skinny portfolio. More to come soon!
How successful is the Thomson & Scott Skinny brand in the U.K.?
Thomson & Scott Skinny is a huge success in the U.K. and it’s quickly gained cult-status since we launched last year in April at Selfridges. Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco sold out in its first week there and continues to be Selfridge’s best-selling wine. It was the number one searched product on Selfridges’ website during its launch across all verticals, even its beauty, fashion and tech sections. We also have great partners with iconic U.K. retailers like Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, Brown Thomas, among many others.