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8 March 2017

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I’m currently riding the tubular sky horse to Los Angeles on my way to interview a rather special star for the launch of A Glass With..

It couldn’t be more glorious and I promise to bring back a ray or two of sunshine along with a dose of deliciousness to share with you. To be the first to get exclusive access to A Glass With... (free of charge) sign up by clicking here​.

I’m delighted to be launching a series of brand new shore excursions with P&O Cruises. I’ve just got back from Madeira where I’ve been polishing the barrels and setting up a whole host of treats for you to enjoy including a wine-pairing lunch, a tour by Rita or Sophia (both lethal) and the chance to meet either head winemaker Francisco (also a rock star, spear-fisherman and very fast moped driver) or Chris Blandy himself who is far too handsome to be allowed. You may even draw the very short straw and meet me while you’re there!

You can book your cruises and find out all about my exclusive tours (which you just can’t find anywhere else) here.

I’m honoured to share that I’ve been nominated as Best Drinks Writer in the Great British Food Awards 2017 - voting is now open and I’d be delighted if you could cast your vote for victory!

I’m thrilled to be returning to the Ideal Home Show with the launch of their brand new Eat & Drink Festival kicking off on the 24th March at Olympia in London. Book yourself in and come taste wine with me - I’ll be pouring the vino and leading the charge! Keep an eye on the website for full details of my tastings.

I’m joining forces with Chewton Glen to host a very special wine lunch in their new Cookery School 'The Kitchen’ on 27th April - I’ll be hand-picking the wines and pairing them to the dishes myself and in person. I’d love to see you there, you can book yourself a place online.

And finally, most importantly, Mother’s Day is around the corner! You could of course give Mum some world-class fizz glasses designed by me which fit easily into the dishwasher to save on the washing up...

...or, of course, snap up the tipple of her dreams. This month’s Hot Bottles are both exquisitely pink and bubbly, perfect for celebrating the magnificence of mums everywhere:

DORSET DELIGHT: Furleigh Estate Rosé 2010 (12%) £28.50 is as pristine as a raspberry cast in crystal perfection. Order this English fizz online from furleighestate.co.uk – the price drops to £25.65 each if you buy six or more – and it’ll keep splendidly: I'd seriously consider hoarding a stash for the next six Mother’s Days in a row!

FRENCH FABULOUSNESS: Marks and Spencers Oudinot Rosé NV (12%) on offer for £24. Award-winning splendour that’s cascading with bubbles of impeccable finesse, a truly elegant Champagne to pop and share with Mum on her big beautiful day.   

Thanks, as ever, for all the kind messages, I love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I’m less good on Snapchat - ollysmithwine - but who knows, one day perhaps I’ll master it!

The bees continue to fly, my beloved vine shoot has sprung its first leaf and life simply couldn’t be peachier.


Olly x

  Olly Smith