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27 November 2020

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

The genie is out of the bottle and I’m delighted to be sharing two weeks' worth of Value Vino with you all.

On top of that, to spread some festive cheer, there’s a bunch of discounts to delight in from my online shop today, as well as specially created wine-fuelled merchandise from my podcast A Glass With.

Click here for 50% off Black Friday deals on decanters and signed books for today only.

Click here for 10% off all A Glass With...merchandise and apply the code BOTTOMSUP at the checkout.


This weekend in YOU Magazine tucked into the Mail on Sunday, you’ll find my bumper pull-out, three page Christmas Drinks guide with everything you’ll need to grace your glass from now to the New Year. Saunter to the shops on Sunday to find my spread of glorious tipples for the festive season.


Anyone fancy coming to see Elton John next year? Chris Evans has brought back the Dine & Disco for 2021 to support The Elton John Aids Foundation and you have the chance to join me and the gang. And Elton John! You could be there for as little as £10 by texting ELTON to 85525 from today and listen in to Chris' show next Thursday on Virgin Radio for another chance to bid for a place at the party. More details here


I’m filming a new series of Olly’s Trolley for Mail+, you can find my latest recommendations on the show right here.


And I’ve been recording a bunch of Saturday Kitchen episodes which you’ll see across the coming weeks. I’ll be live on the show via video link on 5th December with astronaut Tim Peake. Should be fun!


And now for my mega dose of Value Vino for this week and next. Enjoy!

Tesco Viñalba Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (14.5%) £10. Huge texture and rippling with more depth and flavour than a mulberry in a black hole.

Definition Gavi DOCG 2019 (12.5%) £9.99 mix six Majestic. Smash a melon into a peach and freeze the perfect balance - you get this quenching riot of refreshment.

Aldi Specially Selected Chilean Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2019 (14%) £6.99. On the richer side for Pinot, this manages its silken spiciness with aplomb.

M&S Classics Pinot Grigio 2019 (12.5%) £7. Pinot Grigio with great purity and bracing liveliness - rather like snowboarding on lemon peel.

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Verdicchio Classico 2019 (13%) £7. Richness and bite, this accomplished white belies its price and is hard to beat alongside green pesto dishes.

Asda Extra Special Douro 2019 (13.5%) £6.50. A gold medal winner for this deep dark fulsome red with a ripple of spice. Top notch winter warmer for the cash, who needs that extra jumper? Just wrap yourself around this Portuguese victor.

Tesco Finest Cream Sherry (18%) £6. Liquid mince pies.  This is lush from the fridge as a sticky sumptuous festive treat.

Gunderlock Redstone Riesling (11.5%) £8 Co-Op The aromas are delicately suffused with aromatic zestiness, somewhere between fresh lime and juniper and when you sip it… so fine, bright tapering elegance and really attractive citrus-nectarine charm. Cooking Thai food? Look no further.

Morrisons Viñalba Malbec 2019 (14.5%) £10. Feel the power of darkness! Scented, rich, supple and moreish, this red wine is so delicious the only thing to improve it is a second glass.

Bonterra Estate Collection Chardonnay 2019 (13.5%) £8.99 Waitrose in store. This is on introductory offer and will retail in future for £12.99 so dive in quick. It’s sleek, peachy Chardonnay with well-judged zing and oak, perfection with fish pie or try it chilled with a slice of mature cheddar for a unique pairing to wow.

Happy jolly season to you all, there’ll be a time to look back, my message today is let’s raise a glass to the future.

With love,

Olly x

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  Olly Smith