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Olly is a multi award-winning wine expert, TV personality, author and columnist.  His exceptional blend of passion, enthusiasm and knowledge – as well as his unique turn of phrase – have made him one of the UKs best loved figures in the world of food and drink.  

He is the wine columnist for YOU in The Mail on Sunday, appears regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and hosts his own drinks podcast ‘A Glass With’ featuring a dazzling array of celebrity guests from P!NK, and Sting, to Sir Michael Parkinson and Dawn French. He has a string of TV credits including Food We Love with Ainsley Harriot, River Walks for the BBC, Olly Smith’s Ale Trails  and Jeni & Olly’s West Coast Wine Adventure for the Food Network and Travel Channel, as well as popping up on popular TV shows such as Pointless Celebrities, Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel and ITV’s This Morning.

He has been named International Wine and Spirits Communicator of the Year, Drinks Writer of the Year at the Great British Food Awards and the UK’s Drinks Ambassador to China. He is also listed in Who’s Who and Debrett’s. Olly is Drinks Ambassador for the Ideal Home Show and plays drinks host to many live shows including Chris Evans’ Carfest and Dine & Disco charity events.  He is a Food Hero for P&O Cruises with his award winning string of Glass House wine bars across the fleet. He presents a regular online series for Mail+ and has also hosted regularly on the radio including a stint on BBC Radio 2.

Olly is author of 4 books including his latest chart-topper FIZZ, a cocktail book dedicated to bubbles. He is Patron of the Drinks Trust and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, loves the countryside, his dog Busby and a good pint of beer (Harvey’s Best Bitter in particular). Before romping into the world of food and drink he Olly was a scriptwriter for TV and film, including shows such as Pingu and Charlie & Lola.

With his extensive knowledge of all things booze, the only thing Olly is more enthusiastic about than a glass of the good stuff, is sharing it as widely as possible.

about olly

about olly


Olly is honoured to have received the following awards:

Best Drinks Writer – Great British Food Awards 2019, 2017 & 2016

Rioja Recognises – Communicator of the Year 2015

United Kingdom Vineyards Association Communicator of the Year 2012

Roederer Awards Finalist for International Columnist of the Year 2012

Wines of Portugal Journalism Award 2012

International Wine & Spirits Communicator of the Year Award 2009

Drinks Business Young Achiever of the Year Award 2009

IWSC award 2009 great british food awards 2017 great british food awards 2019 great british food awards 2016

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