Olly is a multi award-winning wine expert, 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 – amongst the 500 most influential people in the UK.
Olly was appointed the UK’s Drinks Ambassador to China as part of the Food is Great campaign 2015. He visited Beijing and Shanghai promoting British food and drink to the Chinese market as the UK’s official spokesperson.
Olly appears regularly as wine expert on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, he presents a travel series for ITV’s This Morning and is a regular drinks expert on the show, as well as presenting 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, and his wine and travel show for the Food Network and Travel Channel: Jeni & Olly’s West Coast Wine Adventure.
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 , 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.
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 . 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.
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.
Olly is a respected wine judge on the international stage. He is a 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.
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.
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