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Olly is a multi award-winning wine expert, TV personality, author, podcast host 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.  

Olly appears regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and is a Food Hero for P&O Cruises with his award winning collection of Glass House wine bars across the fleet. He launched his own range of crystal glassware in 2021.

Olly was the wine columnist for Weekend and YOU magazine in the Daily Mail and writes ad-hoc for publications such as Decanter, Iconic and Assemblage magazine. He is the author of seven books including his latest World Cocktail Atlas, launched in October 2023.

He hosts his own drinks podcast ‘A Glass With’ featuring a dazzling array of celebrity guests including pop star P!NK, Sting, actor Sam Neill, Sir Michael Parkinson, Dawn French, Kylie Minogue and many, many more.

He has a string of TV credits including ITV’s Food We Love with Ainsley Harriott, Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, River Walks for the BBC and Olly Smith’s Ale Trails for the Food Network and Travel Channel, as well as popping up on popular TV shows such as Richard Osman’s House of Games, Robson Green’s Weekend EscapesCelebrity MastermindBetween the Covers, Pointless Celebrities, Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel and This Morning. He has also hosted regularly on the radio including a stint on BBC Radio 2.

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 Three Wine Men, Chris Evans’ Carfest and Dine & Disco charity events.

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 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

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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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