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11 December 2018

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

Olly's new BBC show River Walks is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

With his new puppy Busby, Olly explores the delights of Hampshire's River Itchen in this delightful new programme for BBC One - from wild swimming and Roamability to an ancient watermill and an iconic steam train. You can watch it now for free by clicking the link below:

Watch now

Tuck in to some of Olly's Hot Bottles (this week from Majestic, who kindly provided the wines for Olly's tastings at the Ideal Home Show last month).


Lyrarakis ‘voila’ Assyrtiko 2017 (13.5%) from £9.99. This white is from Crete and it’s my star buy - tastes like the best Chablis in the world for a fraction of the price. Crete has some awesome vineyards and the Assyrtiko grape in this wine is full of piercing intensity. Amazing aperitif, lovely with green olives and if you’re anywhere near shellfish this Christmas hoover it up.

Domaine Fichet Macon Burgy Blanc 2016 (13%) from £11.99. This is great value for decent white Burgundy with proper elegance that tastes like a more expensive bottle than it is.


Villa Belinda Vino Varietal 2017 (14.5%) £8.99. This Spanish red is one I’ll be recommending a lot over the coming weeks and it's worth buying six bottles while you can. Lovely huge deep fruit lashed with fragrance. Just velvet and the perfect go-to all round red for Christmas.

L’Orangeraie Cabernet Franc 2017 (14%) from £8.99. If you like lighter reds like Pinot Noir, try this French Cabernet Franc. You could even serve it chilled (say 30 mins in the fridge) and treat it like butch rosé. Great with hams and lighter bites, nice and silky.


Pedro’s Almacenista Selection PX (15%) from £9.99. Jet black and rich as liquid dates, serve this unctuous sherry chilled with your Christmas pudding (or mince pies/Christmas cake) - also good with a festive box of chocolates or a chocolate brownie. And before Christmas, pour some of this over a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a cheeky pudding, it’s ruddy epic.

Last orders for Christmas at the shop is 16th December - look out for our special Christmas offer and signed books at ollysmith.com/shop

Olly HQ x

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