Olly is a multi award-winning wine expert, 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.
In 2015 he was appointed the UK’s Drinks Ambassador to China as part of the Food is Great campaign. He visited Beijing and Shanghai in November 2015 promoting British food and drink to the Chinese market as the UK’s official spokesperson.
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January 2017 – Olly is honoured to have been invited to be guest blender for the latest vintage of the flagship wine from Plaimont Producteurs – Le Faîte.
TV & RADIO
Olly appears regularly as wine expert on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.
His latest series Olly Smith’s Ale Trails explores the rise of craft beer in the USA and the history behind it broadcast on Travel Channel and Food Network January 2017. He presents the wine and travel show Jeni & Olly’s West Coast Wine Adventure for the Food Network and Travel Channel, now in its second series.
He guest presents Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and has his own bank holiday show for Radio 2 – Nadiya’s Festive Family Feast with Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain, Good Food Friday with Michel Roux Jnr and Bank Holiday Barbecue with Levi Roots. A melting pot of cooking, chatting and matching delicious drinks to the dishes cooked live on the show.
Olly also presents a travel series for ITV’s This Morning and is a drinks expert on the show.
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 2016) 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.
BOOKS AND WRITING
Olly is columnist for The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine with his weekly wine column reaching over 5 million readers each week. He also writes ad-hoc for numerous other publications.
His latest book is Drinking for Chaps 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.
Olly is Celebrity Drinks Ambassador for the Ideal Home Show and hosts a multitude of live events around the UK including The London Greek Wine Festival, Tapas Fantasticas and Drinks Retailing Awards . He has previously hosted the Parade Ring Restaurant Royal Ascot, the Supertheatre at BBC Good Food Show, Masterchef Live, Love Cooking, Taste of London and the F-Word Live for Channel 4. He is also one third of Three Wine Men bringing wine tasting to the masses.
P&O CRUISES – THE GLASS HOUSE
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, the Glass House has also been opened on P&O’s newest and largest cruise ship Britannia, Britain’s largest cruise ship, recently launched by Her Majesty the Queen. Further Glass House bars have launched on Ventura and Aurora.
Olly joins James Martin, Atul Kochhar, Marco Pierre White and Eric Lanlard as Britannia’s Food Heroes, making Britannia P&O’s most star-studded cruise ship to date! He has also selected the wine list for Marco Pierre White’s restaurant Ocean Grill aboard Adonia and blends both the Bon Viveur and Porta Palo range of house wines across the entire fleet of P&O ships. Olly appears regularly on Britannia, Azura, Ventura and Aurora hosting wine tastings.
Olly is a respected wine judge on the international stage. He has been Senior Judge of the International Wine Challenge and The Decanter World Wine Awards and Chairman of the Top 50 Wine Merchant Awards. 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.
New for 2016, Olly is proud to have launched The Fizz Glass. Designed by Olly along with glassware guru Daniel Primack, The Fizz Glass is unique and beautiful. Complementing his wine glass brought out in 2011, both have a short stem and are handmade by world class manufacturers Zalto. The Fizz Glass brings out the best in all fizz and The Glass is designed to be used for red and white wine. Both are dishwasher friendly and are objects of beauty – both practical and elegant for everyday use at home. The collection also includes The Bottle, 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:
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
Before romping into the world of fine food and wine, Olly was a scriptwriter for TV and film, including shows such as Pingu and Charlie & Lola, and even spent a joyful day gag-writing for Wallace & Gromit’s Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
However, Olly’s favourite writing assignment was The Fly Who Loved Me which united him with his hero and chum Sir Roger Moore. Hail His Rogesty!
Olly lives in Sussex in southern England with his wife Sophie, two daughters Ruby & Lily, Barney his beloved elderly border terrier.
More information on all of the above can be found throughout this website.
The Small Print
Olly can name all four Ghostbusters. Can you?
Olly can cook the best scrambled egg known to man.
Olly speaks French, Spanish, a nibble of German, and a tiddle of Indonesian.
Olly’s favourite films are Time Bandits, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Condorman, Jaws, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Court Jester and The Empire Strikes Back.
Olly is constantly learning to play golf.
Olly is a massive fan of cricket, rugby union and tennis.
Olly sang as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge and won several music scholarships on the French Horn, as a singer, playing the piano and even the organ. Now he rocks out on guitar and roars his bellowing soft rock to the delight of all his neighbours.
Olly is addicted to gardening.
Olly’s favourite composer is Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Olly is the world’s biggest James Bond fan and can liberally quote all the movies and recognise most Bond soundtracks within five seconds.
Olly has consistently called his friend Nick ‘Jack’ for over five years.
Olly lost 3 and a half stone and has run a marathon.
Olly goes fishing.
Olly is married with two children and lives in Sussex with his family, two dogs and three cats.
Olly is a big time forager.
Olly once hosted a wine-tasting during a Take That concert at the O2 arena and pretended not to know the lyrics to Back For Good.
Olly loves British beer – Harveys Best Bitter is the drink of the gods!