One of the highlights on board our latest ship, Azura, is sure to be the wine, thanks to Oily Smith, who you may recognise from his regular appearances on shows such as Saturday Kitchen. BBC Breakfast, Great Food Live and Richards, Judy Wine Club. With a handsomely stocked wine cellar and mouthwatering menus.
Olly’s latest venture, the Class House on Azura, will be a relaxed and informal haven of good food and fine wine. Thanks to Olly’s dedication, passengers will be able to appreciate a selection of his hand-picked fine wines, which represent every major wine growing region in the world, as well as wines specifically chosen to match each course of The Class House’s signature menu.
Olly’s commitment to providing exclusive fine wines for our passengers has already taken him all over the globe – most recently to Sicily in search of the perfect house wine for Azura. Oily spent his time at the award-winning Settesoli vineyard putting together unique Porta Palo blends, which were named after the charming harbour where they were lovingly created. The results have been so impressive that we have decided to roll out the range of wines fleet-wide after they have debuted on Azura. Settesoli’s winemaker, Owen Bird, explained: “We took input from the motivated P&O Cruises team, who wanted to deliver something special to their patrons, and harnessed that with stylistic guidance from their wine guru Oily Smith. After my initial discussions with Oily we specifically produced wines to hit his flavour profiles. When we got together to assemble the blends at the winery everything just clicked into place. We are very happy with the results.”
Many of Olly’s chosen vintages will be available by the glass using an Enomatic system which dispenses wine directly from the bottle using a revolutionary inert gas preservation method. Expert wine waiters will advise you on the perfect accompaniment for your palate, whether it’s a mellow merlot or a seductive sauvignon the favourite wine buff has also put together wine flights – groups complementary wines- which can be purchased together enabling passengers to enjoy their very own mini wine-tasting session. The exuberant wine buff will also be found on selected cruises on board our latest and most sophisticated ship, Azura, where will be imparting his unsurpassable knowledge by hosting wine tastings-in The Glass House and answering questions in entertaining interviews. We look forward to welcoming him on board.