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20 July 2020

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

I hope you sailed splendidly over gentle waves of wine through a sunny weekend. I dug my spud patch and felt like a pirate unearthing heaps of treasure on a tropical island. Then I peeled my mound of potatoes which was only marginally less dreamy! 


Cheers for your kind comments on Saturday Kitchen - marvellous that Bill Bailey shares my passion for butterflies! The Purple Emperors I mentioned are scarce but can be seen flittering around the tops of oak trees - a great place to see them is on the Knepp Estate in Sussex, well worth booking ahead on one of their safaris. And I mean a year ahead -  the trips are extremely popular.

I featured two cracking wines on the show, to match the recipes cooked in the studio; the Pierre Jaurant Alsace Pinot Blanc from Aldi at a bargain £5.99 was an absolutely treat with Shivi Ramoutar's Tropical Fish Tacos.  The spicier the tacos, the better the pairing!  And with Theo's ravioli, I chose the Tesco Finest Passerina for £7.  Watch the show and find all the recipes here.


Chew the Fat returns! In this week’s episode Tom Parker Bowles and I take a pilgrimage to Lewes Cathedral - also known as Harvey’s Brewery.  Many of you will know what a fan I am of their tantalising heritage, so join Tom and I for a pint paired with smashing snacks from legendary local eatery Caccia & Tails. Tune in here.


I was delighted  to interview Oscar winning documentary producer John Battsek for the latest episode of the Media Lunch Club Podcast. Producer of documentaries including Fire in Babylon, One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man, this man is top of his game. Fire in Babylon happens to be one of the best documentaries I have seen - a fascinating insight into the world of cricket and the rise of the West Indian team - all excellent timing to coincide with the Test Match which I'm sure, like me, you've all been glued to! You can listen to our chat and the other episodes in the series here.


Behold this week's collection of Value Vino.  All under a tenner to brighten up your week:

Tesco Finest Pecorino 2019 (13%) £6 - offer ends today. Thrilling as a lemon on a zip wire, this soaring citrus zinger is a grapefruit with g-force. Immense for an aperitif, chill this and feel the power.

Altolandon Bobal, Manchuela 2018 (14%) £8.95 The Wine Society. Scented blueberry fruit with lush and plush dark spice. Bold and rich, it’s spot on for a barbecue and if wine could could sing, this bottle would sing loudest of all.

Albariño Silandeiro 2019 (12.5%) £6.99 Aldi. This is a white so fruity and fresh that it feels like a peach at the seaside. Superb with shellfish, take a single sip and lift your mood to the beach!

Quintessence Mediterrannée Rosé 2019 (12.5%) £9 M&S. Comes in perfume bottle shape, this is stacked with freshness. Lots of citrus and nectarine fruity zip in this lively pink tipple that’s set to dazzle with deliciousness - like a bunch of summer fruits packed into a flashlight.

Terra di Madre Catarratto 2019 (12%) £6.50 Co-Op. Light and bright, this is splendidly spritzy in a refreshing melon and orange blossom sort of way - it’s what I’d call a poolside glass and when you dive in, life seems lovely.

Here's to a splendid week, I'm back on the road recording new episodes for A Glass With... series 8! All will be revealed soon enough, if you have a moment to review the show, it's ace to hear your thoughts. I can't wait to share the tremendous line up of guests with you - will Pierce Brosnan ever agree to be my guest? Only Pierce knows. 

Keep in touch,

Olly x

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  Olly Smith