Online Wine-Tasting Sessions with P&O's Expert Olly Smith

September 1, 2009
Olly Smith Do you like kicking back and relaxing in a cruise ship bar with a nice glass of red or white? Do you know (or would you like to know) your Shiraz from your Sauvignon Blanc?

Starting this Thursday night, P&O Cruises is launching its own month-long 'Wine on the Web' programme hosted by TV wine expert Olly Smith, giving you a chance to sample some of his hand-picked bottles.

Each week, the online wine-tasting sessions will give you the chance to sample one red and one white wine of Smith's choice. Smith, who you may have seen on BBC's Saturday Kitchen, has been signed up by P&O Cruises as the man behind The Glass House -- the wine bar and restaurant on the the line's new ship, Azura, when it launches in April 2010.

So here's what you need to know to be able to take part in the online wine-tasting sessions:

The sessions will take place every Thursday during September (3 September; 10 September; 17 September; 24 September), starting at 7 p.m. During the final week, Smith will also host a live web chat and answer questions.

Check the Web Site,, for the wines you need to purchase to take part in the tastings. Prices per bottle vary from £5.99 to £8.99 and the wines are available in U.K. supermarkets and wine merchants.

There is also a chance to win a case of wine. Plus, a treat for real wine buffs -- a chance to win a trip to Settesoli vineyard in Sicily to see how the house wine blend for Azura has been created.

Poll: How much are you willing to pay for a nice glass of wine that was suggested by an expert? Vote now!

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor