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‘Oz Clarke is the nearest thing to genius in the world of wine writing.’  - Harpers

Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach.

His tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. He brings a refreshingly unorthodox wit and directness to the subject and has won all the major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA many times over.

Oz’s best-selling books include ‘Let me tell you about wine’ (2014), ‘Wine Atlas’ (2007), and ‘Bordeaux’ which won the ‘Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award 2009’ and a 3rd edition was published in 2012. 

His popular annual guides ‘Pocket Wine Book’ and ‘250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide’ are published by Pavilion Books, along with his latest titles: ‘The History of Wine in 100 Bottles’ – Gourmand Drink Awards ‘Best Wine Book 2015’, ‘Grapes & Wines: A comprehensive guide to varieties and flavours’ - Gourmand Drink Awards ‘Best Drinks Education Book 2015’, and ‘Oz Clarke Wine A-Z’ published October 2015.

His frequent TV and radio appearances are broadcast internationally.  Oz is well known for presenting the long running BBC series Food and Drink between 1982 and 2002.  Between 2006 – 2009 he presented three successful BBC Two series’ with James May, as well as two series with Hugh Dennis 2009 - 2011, and made appearances on James May’s Toy Stories, The One Show, Pointless Celebrities, and Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip.  Oz co-presents Secrets of the National Trust on Channel 5, a new series coming in early 2017.

For their series and the accompanying book, Oz and James were awarded 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. 

An international reputation has made Oz a popular choice for the likes of Singapore Air to whom he is wine consultant, and Celebrity Cruises where he hosts the Immersive Wine Cruises.  He also regularly hosts wine tastings and talks for international corporate clients.

Oz’s awards include the Lanson Special Millennium Award 1999 for outstanding contribution to wine communication and education, and the International Wine & Spirit Competition ‘International Drinks Communicator of the Year Award 2006’.  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. 

Before wine took over his life in 1984, Oz was a full-time actor and singer, starring in West End hit shows such as ‘Evita’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Mitford Girls’, and touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Oz is also sports mad and supports Gillingham Football Club, near his childhood home in Kent.

Oz's Books
Oz Clarke Wine by the Glass
Oz uses his trademark wit and irreverent style to teach you the basics of wine appreciation and show you how to get more out of a bottle of wine, and find out what is really inside. Have you ever gone into your local wine shop or looked at the wine list in your local bar and thought with a sense of panic `Help, what do I choose?'... What sort of wine do I fancy today? A refreshing white? A summery red to take on a picnic or a spicy wine to go with a winter's stew?' Well, Oz is here to help. Split into sections covering basics (wine at a glance, good grape guide, wine styles, from grape to glass and quick guide to countries); practical stuff (what the label tells you, the canny wine buyer, essential kit, serving and keeping wine); and becoming a wine geek (tasting wine, starting your own collection, finding out more and quick guide to names in wine). Oz will be your guide through the world of fascinating flavours and help you find the sort of wine you enjoy drinking. Dip into this book and you will find a quick, accessible guide to wine styles: what is warm and spicy or chewy and blackcurranty? He recommends wines to try; and explains what the label tells you about the taste and quality of the wine and whether it is any good or not. Soon you will be confident enough to choose between flavoursome reds such as Shiraz or Pinot Noir, and refreshing whites from Alberino to Sauvignon Blanc. The book is divided into short, easy to read topics, with recommended wines to try covering all styles and flavours. Now is the moment to grab that glass, learn about what is inside that bottle and taste while you read..
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