Meet the three wine men

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Meet the three wine men

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They are in no particular order Olly Smith, Oz Clarke and Tim Atkin MW.

They all love wine, they all love talking about wine, they love sharing their knowledge and this is why they have teamed up to become the Three Wine Men.  They are no longer three wine men but have also been joined by two other top drinks experts – Susy Atkins and Tom Surgey.

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Olly Smith

Olly Smith photographed by Alun Callender

Olly is a broadcaster, wine expert, foodie, live event host, columnist, author and podcast host.

Olly Smith is a multi award-winning broadcaster, wine expert, TV personality, author and columnist.

He is best known for his finely tuned taste buds, boundless knowledge and infectious enthusiasm especially in the world of food and drink. He is the weekly wine columnist for Weekend Magazine with the Daily Mail, regular wine expert and occasional host on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.  He hosts his own drinks podcast ‘A Glass With’ featuring a dazzling array of celebrity guests including pop star P!NK, Sting, actor Sam Neill, Sir Michael Parkinson, Kylie Minogue and many more.

He is author of six books – his latest Home Cocktail Bible offering a collection of over 200 new and classic cocktails.  He is Food Hero for P&O Cruises, curating the wine list for his award-winning wine bar the Glass House across the fleet and regularly hosting tastings and events onboard.   He launched his own range of crystal glassware in 2021.

He has been named International Wine and Spirits Communicator of the Year, Drinks Writer of the Year for the Great British Food Awards and UK ambassador for the Food is Great campaign to China. Olly is listed in Debretts as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK. He is the celebrity Drinks Ambassador for the Ideal Home Show and is one of Three Wine Men taking wine tasting on tour. Olly has a string of tv credits including presenter of Ale Trails for Food Network and Travel Channel.

Olly writes ad-hoc for publications such as Decanter and is Patron of the Drinks Trust and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.   The only thing Olly is more enthusiastic about than a glass of the good stuff, is sharing it.

Oz Clarke OBE

Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm, Oz Clarke is Britain’s most popular wine writer.

Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm, Oz Clarke is Britain’s most popular wine writer.

He is the author of a collection of bestselling and award-winning wine books, including Bordeaux for which he won the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Award in 2009.

His BBC television and radio broadcasts keep audiences captivated and entertained.  The popular ‘Oz and James Drink to Britain’, with ‘Top Gear’ co-presenter James May – a rollicking caravan adventure around the British Isles exploring beers, cider, whisky, wine and more – won them both and the accompanying book, the International Wine Challenge Personality of the Year Award, the TRIC TV Arts/Documentary Programme of the Year Award and the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Wine Literature.

In 2010 Oz was made a Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government for services to French agriculture, and he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2015.

Oz was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and journalism.

His new book English Wine: From Still to Sparkling is out now.


Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin is a Master of Wine whose expertise is recognised by wine producers and consumers around the world.

Tim Atkin is a Master of Wine and one of Britain’s leading wine writers and an internationally recognised expert on the subject having just been named as the fifth most influential wine expert in the world.  He is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. He writes for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home.  He is a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, he doesn’t have a red nose to show for it.

Susy Atkins

As well as a wine expert Susy has now become the go-to gin aficionado. Therefore she was the obvious choice to join Three Wine Men to host A Splash of Gin at this year's events.

Susy now writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph stella magazine and is the drinks editor of delicious. magazine.

Her books include Wine Wisdom, How To Choose Wine, Wine Made Easy and the best-selling, fun pocket-book Girls’ Guide to Wine. She has won both the Glenfiddich Food & Drink award and the Prix du Champagne Lanson wine writing award for her books. In 2014 she won a prestigious Champagne Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award for best short wine column for her work in Stella magazine and in late 2016 she was awarded Rioja Communicator of the Year at the 2nd annual Rioja Recognises awards in London.
Susy is familiar to many wine & food lovers as a regular wine expert and presenter on BBC1’s flag-ship cookery show Saturday Kitchen, which attracts 2 – 3 million viewers each week. Before that, she was a resident wine expert on Channel 4’s Richard & Judy. She has also appeared as a guest on TV’s Market Kitchen, UK Food channel programmes such as Great Food Live, and broadcast numerous times on BBC Radio 4 for programmes such as Excess Baggage, Woman’s Hour and The Food Programme.

Tom Surgey

You may not know Tom yet but watch this space as with his natural charm, charisma and depth of wine knowledge he is worth listening to.

Having started his career in hospitality at fourteen peeling carrots after school in his local pub, Tom quickly realised the delights of the bar were his true calling. Years of honing his beer, wine and spirits knowledge followed, and at the tender age of twenty, Tom was running a restaurant in deepest Suffolk. Following this, Tom spent four years at The Club at The Ivy in London further refining his wine knowledge with stints delving deep under Berkeley Square into the magnificent Annabel’s cellars during this time too.

In 2014, Tom left London to work with Ridgeview in Sussex; pioneers of quality sparkling winemaking in England. He worked with Ridgeview as Business Development Director until 2020.

In 2017, Tom joined Oz, Tim & Olly to add his unique style of wine presentation and knowledge to Three Wine Men. He can also be heard as the regular wine expert on BBC Sussex and Surrey radio and is the lead presenter on the new wine app Pingza. He recently had his debut on ITV’s This Morning presenting wine.

Alongside his fast-growing media work, Tom continues to be a well-known and passionate figure within the wine trade. He is a consultant to premium wine businesses.

Keep up with Tom on his website and on Instagram.

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