Multi award-winning wine expert, Olly Smith will be at the show on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November, join him as he showcases his top picks for best festive drinks this Christmas.
As well as being a wine expert, Olly is also a well-known TV personality, author and columnist. His finely tuned tastebuds, boundless knowledge and infectious enthusiasm know no bounds. He is honoured to be listed in Debrett’s 500 2015 – amongst the 500 most influential people in the UK.
Olly has been appointed the UK’s Drinks Ambassador to China as part of the Food is Great campaign 2015. He visited Beijing and Shanghai in November 2015 promoting British food and drink to the Chinese market as the UK’s official spokesperson.
He is delighted to have received the award for Communicator of the Year for Rioja wine at this year’s inaugural Rioja Recognises Awards, November 2015.TV & Radio
Olly appears regularly as wine expert on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and Series 2 of his wine and travel show for the Food Network and Travel Channel: Jeni & Olly’s West Coast Wine Adventure broadcasting Autumn 2015.
He presents a travel series for ITV’s This Morning and is a regular drinks expert on the show.
Olly also presents Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2, sitting in for Clare Balding.
Olly has a string of TV credits including presenter of The Secret Supper Club and Iron Chef UK for Channel 4 and regular 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), 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.
Olly is columnist for The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine with his weekly wine column reaching 5.3 million readers each week. He also writes ad-hoc for numerous other publications.
His latest book Drinking for Chaps is published October 2015 by Kyle Books. Written with founder of The Chap Magazine, Gustav Temple, this is the ultimate guide to alcoholic beverages. A treasure trove of advice, Drinking for Chaps will transform men (and women) from gadabouts and dabblers to titans of taste.
He has written 3 other books: Behind Enemy Wines (Sept 2013), Wine: Both Barrels (November 2012) and ‘Eat & Drink: Good Food That’s Great to Drink With‘ published by Headline in May 2010. The latter, illustrated by his own fair hand, is a treasure trove of recipes, wine matches and tips and tales of adventure from his travels across the high seas of flavour.