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30 November 2017

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Ahoy Hot Bottlers!

I’m currently locked deep in a vault at BBC Radio trawling the archives of recordings with Sir Roger Moore to grace my special tribute to him this Boxing Day. It’ll be two hours of sheer Rog with a little help from friends, co-stars, the music from his TV and movie career and indeed his very own velvet tones. Make sure you set aside a bottle of glory for the occasion and share your comments with me on Twitter @jollyolly as the show goes out BBC Radio 2 Boxing Day, 8pm.

Now then, to work!

Ding Dong! My new solo live show 12 Wines of Christmas comes to Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel in London on 9th December. I’m so excited that I am giving away 2 pairs of tickets!  For a chance to win, just answer the following question:

Q.  Who was Olly's very first guest on his podcast 'A Glass With...'

Send your answer to hotbottle@ollysmith.com by 5pm on 1st December stating which show time you prefer (1pm or 3pm).

Two winners will be picked at random and will receive a pair of tickets for the show time of their choice.  And if you want more info or to buy tickets – click here!

I’m also really excited to be zipping down to the Padstow Christmas Festival to join the fabulous Paul Ainsworth on stage on 8th December.  Pop along for a glass of joy if you’re in the area.

I’m then on the road filming my new travel and booze series with a rather jolly chap whose name I can’t yet reveal. I can confirm that it is not Pierce Brosnan, nor is it Daley Thomson or Rick Astley. It is, however, one of those moments in life where you pinch yourself to be doing something quite so marvellous and I can’t wait to share it all with you as soon as it’s officially announced.

You can buy all sorts of Christmas gifts online at ollysmith.com/shop! Unique, utterly divine wine glasses and decanter, books that I will sign and personalise with a message for your loved one, tickets to my show….your stocking will be bulging!

And finally... Look out for my big feature on the best Christmas Drinks in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday this Sunday 3rd December.  But for now…..drumroll..... a few classy Hot Bottles!


OLIVE OIL:  Olive oil, like wine, treasures and reflects the glory of the place it comes from. And I’ve discovered some of the very best - perfect for a Christmas gift for the person in your life with top taste.  This small company is selling only new season oil for a limited period of time when the oil is at its best in terms of flavour and polyphenolic content.  Don’t miss your chance to buy this Christmas from www.frantoi.org

BEER:  Anything from Kiln Brewery - my newest discovery, and based in Sussex!  Try this one:  Roll With It New Zealand Pilsner Piercing tropical bright fruit - a joy of a beer.  To find out where to buy contact kilnbrewery.com

FIZZ:  Majestic Loves Fizz NV (11%) from £6.49. Great value verve in this fun fizz from sunny Sicily.

WHITE:  Terre di Sampaolo Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2010 (13.5%) from £10.99 Majestic.  Stunning white with a peachy-like texture and stacks of zesty flavour.

RED:  Domaines Paul Mas Côtes Mas Pezenas 2015 (14.5%) from £10.99 Majestic Fragrant, spicy, rich; if I lived in the south of France, this is exactly the sort of scented red I’d be proud to make myself.

CIDER:  The Taunton Cider Co Original Cider (4%) £3 Oddbins. The power of the truest orchards - so poised and complex with top quality fruit.

MADEIRA:  Henriques & Henriques Bual 15 year old 50cl (20%) £25 The Wine Society. Luscious, heroic, rich, syrupy and hugely flavoursome to pair with sweet festive treats.

NON-ALCOHOLIC:  James White Classic Cox Apple Juice Waitrose £2.49. Real deal apple juice that deserves to be sipped with reverence and appreciation. 

Bloody Ben’s Spicy Bloody Mary Mix £7.99 Bloodybens.com. The best spicy tomato juice mixer I have ever tasted. Perfect Virgin Mary every time – or add booze if you wish.  And yippee! Hot Bottlers get 20% off! Type ‘ollysmith’ in the ‘discount’ field in your shopping cart at bloodybens.com

If you're in London this weekend, I'll be with the Three Wine Men this Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December for a cracking Christmas tasting.  See the website for full info and to buy tickets.

Keep in touch,  

Olly x

Twitter @jollyolly
Instagram @ollysmith

Olly Smith's Ale Trails on air Travel Channel UK.  Next episode Monday 4th December 9.00pm

  Olly Smith