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Ahoy Hot Bottlers!

Post holiday blues? How better to overcome them by winning tickets to help break a Guinness World Record with Olly?!

Help break a Guinness World Record - TICKET GIVEAWAY!

On Monday 9th September, the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) launches its first ever Wine Education Week with this fantastic attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the largest ever recorded sommelierie lesson. With Olly at the helm, along with master sommelier Virgilio Gennaro (Wine Director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy) you will learn the art of pairing food and wine; how the key flavour components in food affect how you taste a wine and at the same time be part of of this record breaking adventure.

To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event, just send an email with your full name to hotbottle@ollysmith.com entitled Wine Education Week by midnight on Friday 6th September and we’ll pick a winner randomly. See T&C's below.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit here.



We love a foodie festival and are thrilled that Olly will be appearing at one of the best. He’ll be rustling up cocktails from his latest book Fizz in the Drinks Theatre on Saturday 21st September. 

We can’t wait!

THREE WINE MENLove Wine, Love Chile - 24th Sept

Three Wine Men are back on tour this Autumn, kicking off with a very special tasting at London’s Truman Brewery shining a light on wines from Chile. Love Wine, Love Chile takes place on Tuesday 24th September with over 100 Chilean wines to taste with Oz, Olly and Susy Atkins to guide you.

Read Olly’s thoughts on Chilean wine here!

For tickets and more info on all upcoming Three Wine Men events, click here.

CARFEST- Big Thank You to Majestic!

We had an amazing time at Chris Evans' Carfest this August bank holiday where all proceeds go to UK children’s charities. Olly hosted the new Starfest stage, interviewing Paul Ainsworth Glynn Purnell, Michael Caines, José Pizarro and  Angelica Bell, but things soon got out of hand when Alex Horne turned up wtih a Taskmaster challenge.......

A huge thank you to Majestic who provided the wines for Olly's demos on the Kitchen Stage where he paired some Spanish stunners with José Pizarro's cooking.

Olly's back in the BBC Saturday Kitchen studio this Saturday 6th September so tune in, and if you can't wait until then, here are a couple of Olly's Hot Bottles to get stuck into….


WHITE: Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc 2018 (13.5%) £10.99 Waitrose. This is one of those whites that tastes far more expensive than it should. Up there with world class purity and richness, this star from South Africa is as at home in your glass alongside nibbles on the sofa or crowning the table with a Sunday roast chicken. I can’t think of a finer drop for this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and it is worth every penny of its eleven quid price tag.

RED: Agenda, Dão, Manager’s Choice 2016 (13%) £7.99, Majestic. How slick is this prime Portuguese blend?! Superb savoury richness surges through vibrant red fruit culminating in a kick of woody spice. All the complexity of a first class red wine minus the hefty price tag - if you’re looking for an autumnal all-rounder, this is it.

Olly HQ x

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Fizz on sale now!

Wine Education Week Ticket Giveaway Terms & Conditions
- Entrants must be 18+
- Winners selected at random after close date of midnight, Friday 6th September.
- We will notify the winner by email on Saturday 7th September.
- You’ll need to provide your names and email address so tickets can be issued through Eventbrite.
- No cash alternative available.
- If you’re a lucky winner it’s important you attend as it’s a Guinness World Record attempt!

  Olly Smith