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Oz Clarke announced as Viti-Culture Show Patron!

7th December 2020

We are proud to announce our Show Patron for Viti-Culture Live, Oz Clarke OBE.  He needs no introduction we are sure, but we are thrilled to have been recognised for our previous show’s efforts, which Oz attended in 2019.

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 passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age.

Since then 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, including the Glenfiddich (three times), André Simon, Louis Roederer, Wine Guild (three times), James Beard, Julia Child, World Food Media and Lanson (five times) awards; in 1999 he won the Lanson Special Millennium Award for his outstanding contribution to wine communication and education; in 2001 he was the keynote speaker at the Boston Wine Expo, the world’s largest consumer wine event, and he has been the keynote speaker at both the Wine Experience in New York and the California Wine Experience in San Francisco, where he was voted best keynote speaker by those attending. In 2006 he won the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition International Drinks Communicator of the Year Award and in 2009 Oz won the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award for International Wine Book of the Year for his book on Bordeaux. Oz’s current best selling books include English WineThe History of Wine in 100 BottlesBordeauxGrapes & Wines (with Margaret Rand), World of Wine and Wine by the Glass.

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

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