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22 October 2020

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

October is erupting with Autumn Bounty.  If you tuned in to Saturday Kitchen I recommended The Foragers Calendar by John Wright as the book I would take on a first date! I’ve been taking my copy out hunting for mushrooms to photograph and identify. The rain this week has got fungi reaching for the skies and I find myself constantly delighted by the extraordinary array of colours and species that can be seen, even without much looking, in the English countryside. And the spore prints I’ve been taking are spectacular -here’s one of a Parasol mushroom:


And as if by magic, Anna Haugh is cooking a smashing seasonal dish on Saturday Kitchen this Saturday 24th October and I've found a cracker of a wine to pair with it. Sara Pascoe joins Matt as our studio guest and Freddy Forster brings flavours to life with a dish that’s a vision of deliciousness. Tune in from 10am on BBC One.


I've loved getting out this week to film my new series of Olly's Trolley for Mail+.  You can watch the current series online here for my reviews of a surprisingly delicious red wine in a can... and a homegrown fizzy treat from Hambledon vineyard. And keep an eye on the listings for two more shows I’ve been busy filming in TV Land.


A brand new episode of A Glass With is out today!  This week, I interview Jimmy Doherty of Jimmy's Farm.  He's the loveliest of chaps and we have a right giggle chatting about farming, biodiversity, Port and how to make pork scratchings. Tune in here.

And you can get even more content by signing up for Patreon membership for A Glass With, giving you exclusive access to extra episodes and a deep dive into the world of wine.  Join the fun by clicking here.


And finally, my Value Vino for this week - five luscious liquids for under a tenner:

Blütengarten German Pinot Noir 2018 (13.5%) £5.99 Aldi Fine Pinot! Firm structure and balance that you’d expect to pay pounds more to find, this is a great weeknight red and shows that Germany’s roar echoes well beyond Riesling.

Finest Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva 2016 (14%) £8.50 Tesco Sweet mellow aromas lure you into a wine firmly embedded with rich spice and balanced moreish oak influence. A sumptuous red for the money.

De Bortoli 17 Trees Pinot Grigio 2020 (12%) £6.99 Waitrose (introductory offer 14/10/30-3/11/20 then £9.99). Great! Lemony vibrancy with delightful vim, this white is alive with decent lasting flavours and a saline mineral twist. Restores the reputation of this oft-maligned grape with impressive elan.

Classics New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (13%) £8 M&S Crunchy whitecurrant and tropical guava zing that reminds why we all fell in love with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the first place. Exuberant and stylish fun.

Château La Grave de Bertin Réserve Bordeaux 2018 (14%) £7.95 The Wine Society Textbook youthful Bordeaux, it’s a joy to glimpse real deal reds like this at a fraction of the cost of big-hitting blockbuster names. Firm serious wine with a soft landing price.

Stay safe, keep in touch and drink well.

Olly x

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  Olly Smith