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We are delighted to be working with Olly Smith. The charismatic and uniquely enthusiastic British TV presenter, wine expert, foodie and writer will be working with us at Hotel du Vin throughout the year with various blogs, wine dinners and events, recommendations and snippets. Olly is a massive fan of Ghostbusters and can name all four of them, adores cricket, rugby, tennis and loves strolling in the countryside with his dog, Barney. However, it is for his admirable passion for wine that makes him perfectly in tune with Hotel du Vin. As a student in Edinburgh, Olly's interest in wine was sparked by an impromptu tasting at the Bruntsfield Place Oddins, and from there he has blossomed. He appears regularly as a wine expert on BBC1′s Saturday Kitchen and is a presenter of The Secret Supper Club for Channel 4 (2011) and Iron Chef UK. Other TV credits include 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), This Morning (ITV1 2012), The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV1 2012) The Wright Stuff (Channel 5), 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 is also the Wine Editor of The Mail on Sunday's Live Magazine, as well as being an author of titles such as 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, to '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 flavor, Olly is Celebrity Drinks Ambassador for Ideal Home Show Christmas and hosts a multitude of live events around the UK including the BBC Good Food Show, Tapas Fantasticas, and previously Masterchef Live, Love Cooking, Taste of London and the F-Word Live for Channel 4. He is one third of Three Wine Men, with Oz Clarke and Tim Atkin, bringing wine tasting to the masses. And in addition he is now to be working with us at Hotel du Vin on a series of fantastic events (please click here for the list of events). Keep us entertained with blogs on his favourite winey topics and much more. To read Olly's blog on dining Al Fresco click here.
Wine of the Month
Catena, 'Appellation-Vista Flores', Malbec, Argentina for £36 per bottle
The 'Vista Flores' shows a dark violet colour with black reflections. The nose offers ripe, concentrated dark and red fruit aromas with delicate floral notes of lavender and violet, and mocha. The mouth feel is rich and full with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, well-integrated tannins with bright, crisp acidity that gives the wine exceptional length. The Catena wines are a special assemblage of High Mountain Vineyards made by fourth generation vintner Laura Catena and chief winemaker Alejandro Vigil. Through decades of study and exploration within Mendoza's high altitude mountain terroirs, the Catena family has identified special locations for its Estate vineyards. From the marriage of these historic vineyards emerges a wine of unique character that has natural balance, concentration, and a distinct varietal identity. Vista Flores is a viticultural district within the region of Tunuyán in the Uco Valley in Mendoza and the grapes are grown at an altitude of 3,117 - 3,281 ft.
When visiting any of our 14 locations please fill in the entry card to wine a case of 6 bottles which will be delievered to your nominated address.