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21 April 2021

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

I'm delighted to bring you the news first that I am sharing A Glass With Gennaro Contaldo on my podcast this week.

I’ve loved Gennaro for years, he’s such an inspiration to me for his devotion to bringing gladness on a plate - he has worked so hard for so many years to make our lives taste better.  He recently told me “Food is my life”. Sums him up perfectly.

Of course he’s worked alongside the greats such as Jamie Oliver and the late Antonio Carluccio and, as you’ll hear in this episode, Gennaro is as passionate as ever about the beauty of using high quality ingredients in a simple way. In this episode we cover his ambassadorial work with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (a.k.a. Parmesan) which has largely remained unchanged in its origin and method for a thousand years.

I was knocked out by the way Gennaro spoke about his visit to the area and the gems of inspiration he shares are well worth tuning in for.

You can listen wherever you download your podcasts or via my website here.


I was up with the birds yesterday morning to do Instagram Live with my friend Katie Jones talking about the plight of her old vines in the South of France around Fitou which were hammered recently by near unprecedented frosts. Click here to find out how you can support her and adopt an ancient vine.


Saturday Kitchen with Shane Ritchie was great fun last weekend, catch up on iPlayer if you missed it.

And finally the Hot Bottle I’m selecting this week is Carmel Blanche Piquepoul Noir 2019 (12.5%) which is £8.49 in Waitrose and perfect for this year’s first barbecue. Scented and medium-light bodied, you can sip it as it comes or chill it lightly.  It’s a complete gem with elegance and irresistible fruity finesse from the little known Piquepoul Noir grape. I loved it - between Mrs Smith and I, the bottle did not last long! 

Cheers all and stay in touch!

Olly x

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  Olly Smith