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28 September 2020

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

You may have raised a glass to South Africa’s Heritage Day last week - with their local wine industry facing historic challenges I’ll be raising as many glasses as I can to support them over the coming weeks. Just one bottle can make a difference so please bear in mind our friends in South Africa when you’re picking your next bottle. My first Value Vino this week is a great example.


Warwick First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (14%) £7 on offer Tesco. Rich red with savoury power and spice. If you love Bordeaux reds, this feels like a burly relative that just wants to take you out on the town and show you the meaning of fun. Here’s to South African splendour.

Yalumba Organic Viognier 2019 (13.5%) £9 M&S. Luxuriant silky white that’s like sipping the scent of peaches and honeysuckle. Breezy brilliance from Yalumba.

Carlos Lucas Portuguese Dão 2018 (13%) £5.99 Aldi. Pinot Noir meets Rioja! This is elegant, savoury, classy and characterful red that defies belief at just over a fiver. You want this in your life. Feel the power of Portugal.

IGP Méditerannée Domaine Saint Gayan 'Argiles' Blanc 2019 (13%) £9.75 yapp.co.uk Yapp are the best at seeking out secret French fabulousness and this lemony gem is a prime example.  Vim and scrumptiousness - if you’re a fan of Picpoul de Pinet, this is the bottle to grab.

Yerevan Areni/Karmrayhut Winemaker’s Blend Red, Armenia Wine Co 2016 (12.5%) £9.95 Tanners-wines.co.uk  Sleek, bright silky red with a satin sheen, this awesome wine from Armenia reminds me of Beaujolais fused with Chianti. Hoover up the lot, it’s a stunner - and another indicator of Tanners being up there with the best independent wine merchants in Britain for seeking out the next big thing from off the beaten track.


Thanks so much to everyone who’s signed up to support my podcast A Glass With via the new Patreon page, for extra content and exclusive access to shows and merchandise click here and come join me for a deeper dip into the world of wine.


The vines in my little corner of Sussex are almost ready for harvest, I love making my tiny batch of homemade vino every year from my mini Pinot Meunier vineyard, I'll keep you posted how it goes!

I’m going to be hosting an online Q&A soon and you're the first to know - Hot Bottlers can ask me questions in advance by emailing hotbottle@ollysmith.com and the best question wins a bottle of wine from my cellar. You can ask me anything you like!

Cheers all,

Olly x

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  Olly Smith