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1 November 2018

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Hail Hot Bottlers - we hope you didn't get too spooked last night!

Here's to the summer that never ended.... until it did! The clocks have skipped backwards in protest and Bonfire Night is about to set the skies alight, the perfect excuse to dive into the distraction of a decent glass of wine and the stories laced within.

A Glass With!….Series 4

Series 4 of Olly's podcast ‘A Glass With’ is in full swing with the latest episode fresh out today with chef Shivi Ramoutar!

This series kicked off with superstar rock legend Sting and his wife, actress and producer Trudie Styler. Olly infiltrated their Tuscan Wine Estate - by invitation - and they share tales of life as wine producers and their wider world of empathetic entertainment. Since then Olly's reeled in the wine hauls of chef Nathan Outlaw and England cricketer Jake Ball and there are plenty more fantastic guests coming every Thursday until the end of November.

So catch up, like, share and subscribe here or download on Spotify, iTunes and all major podcast platforms.

Many thanks to the sponsors of this series 1000 Stories Wines.

New Writing - Freddy Bulmer

We’re thrilled to be joined by Olly’s pal Freddy Bulmer who’ll be scribbling features on the website each month. Freddy Steady Drink! reports and enthralls with his latest discoveries as a buyer for the UK’s oldest wine club, The Wine Society.

This month Freddy roars across Hungary and you can devour his musings here.

At the Wine Society, Freddy specialises in buying wines from Eastern Europe, Austria, England, Australia and New Zealand but when he isn’t proudly sporting his wine hat, he has his beer goggles on, travelling the UK visiting and working with some of the country’s best craft breweries. Look out for his column every month on ollysmith.com and feel inspired by his bristly goodness.

Ideal Home Show 

Olly will be bringing his sparkle to the stage with tips and tipples for Christmas at the Ideal Home Show 21st and 22nd November, London Olympia.  

Tickets and info here.

Three Wine Men

We had a great time at Let’s Get Fizzical back in May with some sensational sparklers, and English producers shining in particular. Word is, 2018 will be the best vintage for English wines ever – splendid!

Tickets are now on sale for upcoming Three Wine Men tastings with some great experts and exhibitors lined up once again.

Olly will be at the Cambridge and London Christmas tastings this November. Tickets and further details here

The perfect way to kickstart the silly season. Hope to see you there!

Olly's Glassware Range - On your Christmas list?

If you follow Olly on Instagram you’ll have noticed the glassware that accompanies various tipples – these are his personally designed glassware range and all are available to buy online at ollysmith.com/shop.

The perfect Christmas gift for the wine (or beer) lover in your family?

Saturday Kitchen

This weekend as most weekends, Olly will be in the studio in his role as Chief Pourer alongside Chefs Josh Katz and Donna Hay, host Donal Skehan and special guest Jamie Cullum - how good is his new single 'Love is in the Picture' for Children In Need?

In the coming weeks we'll be revealing Olly's latest show for BBC Radio 2 and his new BBC TV outing which involves water and walking but not necessarily on it or in it.

And it'll feature the debut of Olly's puppy Busby who strolls beside him like the world's most loyal teddy bear.

Hot Bottles

Three banging reds to pour for winter warmth:

M&S California Ruby Cabernet 2017 (13%) £5: Total bargain for a party red packed with sunny fruity mellow flavour.

Waitrose Blueprint Reserva Chilean Carménère 2016 (14%) £7.49: Fragrant, spicy and fruity as a blackcurrant Fruit Pastille that’s been rolled in peppercorns.

Morrison's CUÑE Rioja Crianza 2015 (14%) £8.50*: Rich umami with light spice, this red Rioja from a top quality producer romps home for under ten quid - Sunday lunch sorted. *Currently down to £7 until 21/11/18.


Olly HQ x

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