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Hail Hot Bottlers!

Behold! A new episode of my podcast A Glass With is released today.

I’m so thrilled to bring you Tom Booton. Tom took the reins as Head Chef at The Dorchester Grill at just 25 years old.

His cooking is exquisite and is presented with exuberant precision. We chat about his calling to the kitchen at just 15, working with some of the biggest names in cooking from Iceland to Japan and just how he came to be one of the most respected chefs in Britain at such a young age.

You can listen to the podcast free by clicking this link or wherever you download your podcasts from.  And in this episode I’m unveiling my new golden microphone from the wizards in the workshop at Sontronics - think you’ll agree it sounds magically clearer.

We shared a glass of Busi-Jacobsohn Cuvée Brut 2018 which you can find by clicking hereAs soon as I tasted it, it felt like another benchmark in British bubbly.

I’m ordering a stash of this fine fizz myself.  Aside from the beautifully presented bottle, this single estate in Sussex is achieving world class standards in the few short years since this family-owned estate planted their vineyard.

Rich and refreshing, the Cuvée Brut 2018 is stunning as a standalone and with the requisite richness to pair with dishes - tune in to the podcast to hear Tom’s ideas for recipe pairings. And don’t miss the 2018, it was a stellar vintage in terms of quality and this English sparkler is a total wow.

And so to this week’s Hot Bottle, a great value cider!

I was knocked out by Pulpt Flare (4.9%) which has just gone into Tesco for £2.20. I think you can even get 3 for £5 if you have a Clubcard which is ludicrous value.

Now I don’t often recommend cider. I love the real farm gate stuff and it’s always hard to find a really decent version with widespread distribution. Here it is - using 100% fresh-pressed juice from South West cider apples such as Dabinett, Harry Master’s Jersey and Yarlington Mill, this craft cider has a gloriously wholesome crisp apple zip and a deliciously subtle smokey thread. I loved it.  Pour it for fun this summer, with a sausage roll or a cheeseboard.

Thanks for listening to A Glass With and enjoy today's episode with Tom Booton. I'm delighted that it's brought to you by Busi-Jacobsohn, their wines really are a joy. 

Remember to click here to listen to the show for free and look out for many exciting new guests and episodes coming throughout the summer.

Cheers all and lots of love,

Olly x

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  Olly Smith