Olly is a uniquely enthusiastic British TV presenter, award winning wine expert, foodie, columnist and author.
TV – Olly appears regularly as wine expert on BBC1′s Saturday Kitchen and his latest series is currently broadcasting across the Food Network and Travel Channel. Jeni & Olly’s West Coast Wine Adventures is the ultimate taste of West Coast America where wine guru Olly and foodie Jeni Barnett take to the road to discover the most thrilling wine, food and adventures from Portland to San Francisco.
Olly has a string of TV credits including presenter of The Secret Supper Club and Iron Chef UK for Channel 4 as well as regular guest appearances as drinks expert on ITV’s This Morning and panellist on The Wright Stuff for Channel 5. He also presents Uncorking the South, a 13-part documentary series about Chilean wine for Canal 13 broadcast throughout South America; Olly is officially big in Chile.
Other TV credits include Pointless Celebrities (BBC1 2013) Hairy Bikers Everyday Gourmets (BBC2 2013), This Morning (ITV1 2012, 2013 & 2014), The Wright Stuff (Channel 5 2013), The Hairy Dieters (BBC1 2012), Songs of Praise Special: Once a Chorister (BBC1 2012), ‘Day Twipper‘ a regular feature on Fern (Channel 4) and appearances on Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1), The Sarah Millican Show (BBC2), , The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV1 2012) , BBC Breakfast (BBC1) and internationally on Taste and Great Food Live. He also appears on the radio across the country and with his own shows on BBC Radio 4.
Olly also presents films for Waitrose TV – Olly Smith’s American Whiskey Trail (2013) and Christmas Drinks with Philip Schofield (2013).
BOOKS AND WRITING – Olly is Wine Editor of The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine with his weekly wine column reaching 5.3 million readers each week. He also writes for numerous other publications.
His latest book Behind Enemy Wines was released in September 2013. Brimming with even more winning wine facts from Olly’s weekly wine column this collection of short chapters offers top tips and expertise on how to select the perfect bottle to thrill, titillate and delight your palate – whatever the occasion, budget or mood.
His previous book Wine: Both Barrels was published in November 2012 and is an entertaining and informative guide to wine, giving readers everything they need to know, from what to drink and how to spot a bargain to food matching and tips galore.
His first book ‘Eat & Drink: Good Food That’s Great to Drink With‘ was published by Headline in May 2010. Illustrated by his own fair hand, it is a treasure trove of recipes, wine tips and tales of adventure from his travels across the high seas of flavour.
EVENTS – Olly is Celebrity Drinks Ambassador for Ideal Home Show Christmas and hosts a multitude of live events around the UK including Tapas Fantasticas and Drinks Retailing Awards and host of the Parade Ring Restaurant Royal Ascot and previously BBC Good Food Show, Masterchef Live, Love Cooking, Taste of London and the F-Word Live for Channel 4. He is one third of Three Wine Men bringing wine tasting to the masses.
Olly was chosen to select the prestigious 50 Great Portuguese Wines 2013, scouring Portugal over many months to find the country’s very best ‘great value’ wines. Many of his chosen wines are now available in the UK for the first time thanks to his introduction.
THE GLASS HOUSE, P&O CRUISES – Olly’s wine bar and eatery The Glass House on board P&O Cruises luxury cruise ship Azura won Best Bar at Sea at the Cruise Critic Awards 2011 and 2012. Due to its success, a second Glass House has recently opened on cruise ship Ventura and a third will launch on board Britannia, Britain’s largest cruise ship in 2015. He has selected the wine list for Marco Pierre White’s restaurantOcean Grill aboard Adonia and blends the Porta Palo range of wines across the entire fleet of P&O ships. Olly appears regularly on Azura and Ventura hosting wine tastings.
JUDGING – Olly expertise is put to use on many judging panels – as Senior Judge for the prestigious International Wine Challenge and Judge for Decanter World Wine Awards. He is Chairman of the Wine Merchant Top 50 for Independent Wine Merchants, launched 2013. His wealth of judging experience encompasses The Top 100 Wines of Spain, The Fairtrade Wine Competition and Vin de Pays Top 100. Olly has also been called upon to judge chefs competitions, ice cream challenges, tomato sauce wars, butter disputes and tea-offs.
PRODUCTS – Olly has launched his very own wine glass made by world class manufacturers Zalto. A unique design, The Glass is dishwasher friendly and designed to be used for red and white wine. It is a thing of beauty – both practical and elegant for everyday use at home. To complement The Glass, Olly launched The Bottle in 2012, a stylish decanter that fits discreetly on the table and comfortably in the hand.
Olly’s must-have App for iPhone was featured in the Sunday Times World’s Best App list 2011 and 2012 – designed to be used by anyone who likes wine, his app aims to give everyone the knowledge and confidence to try something new. It features a Wine Guide, Wines of the Week, food matching tips, videos and much more.
Olly is honoured to have received the following awards:
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