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6 December 2019

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Ho Ho Hot Bottlers!

We've launched ourselves gloriously into the festive spirit(s) here at Olly HQ and have some fabulous Christmas gifts for you and your wine loving friends over at Olly's online shop.

Drop in for wine glasses, fizz glasses or a snazzy decanter that fits snugly on your Christmas table.....all designed by Olly. And books! Cocktails, recipes, fabulous wine and food matching tips; choose one of Olly’s books and he will sign and personalise it to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas.

Last orders for Christmas delivery, Monday 16 Dec. Visit the shop here.

Olly's zooming around the country over the next few days like FC himself, in Cornwall today then north to Manchester and on the small screen in between!


Olly is popping the corks with his buddy and top chef Paul Ainsworth at the wonderful Padstow Christmas Festival. It's the perfect way to get into the Christmas mood so come along and join us for a drink (or 3!) if you happen to be in Cornwall. Olly and Paul will be in the Sharp's Chef Theatre this morning at 10.45am. More info here.


Power up the telly (10am, BBC One) this Saturday to watch Olly live in the Saturday Kitchen studio, with some splendid wines to match dishes by José Pizarro and Ruth Hansom.

THREE WINE MEN MANCHESTER - 7th & 8th December

He's then hotfooting it to Manchester for the final Three Wine Men event of 2019. Huzzah! Olly will be on hand, along with Oz Clarke, Tom Surgey and Susy Atkins, to taste with you and guide you through the many cracking wines and gins on offer. For timings, tickets and more info, click here.


White: Co-Op Is This it? Pinot Blanc 2018 (12%) £6.50. Peachy and perfect party white for the festive season, this Hungarian refresher is downright delicious!

Red: Tesco Finest Saint-Chinian 2018 (13.5%) £9.00. Great to pair with a winter stew or just as a hearty glass for a bit of personal insulation, this fab red French blend has gorgeous aromas ranging from spice to roses and is as powerful and dark as peering into a potted galaxy.

If you’re looking for gift ideas this Christmas, I have two for you. The first is Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Pinot Noir 2017 (12%) from The Wine Society which is £39 a bottle and before you ask, yes it is worth the price tag. It’s made in small quantities with a gentle hand from the master maker Mac himself and one of the best Pinots I’ve tasted this year - silky and alive with flavour, it’s a revelation of Aussie excellence and a handsome gift for the wine lover in your life.

The second bottle to make someone’s day this festive season is Hermitage Chez Richon 1995 Grande Champagne Cognac which is £97.50 from brandyclassics.com which I know is a bit of a spend but the quality of this liquid is an absolute triumph. Generously textured with a fanfare of sweet dried fruit and spicy richness, there’s a mellow butterscotch melting moment as you sip this cracking Cognac and it’ll warm you from the tops of your toes to the tips of your lips. Magic to give, even more marvellous to share this Christmas!

Merry Christmas! 

Olly HQ x

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