Oz Clarke

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Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts. He has been wine correspondent of The Daily Telegraph. His first book, the first edition of Oz Clarke’s Wine Guide, won the first Wine Magazine Book of the Year Award.


Oz’s wine career began when he captained the wine-tasting team for Oxford University. After graduating, Oz spent a number of years as an actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He performed at such places as The National Theatre, The Old Vic, Chichester and the West End.

In 1995 he launched the Microsoft Wine Guide on CD ROM, which reviews nearly 6,000 wines with regional maps. It won the Silver Award in the category titled ‘Vittoria Coffee Best Food and/or Beverage CD ROM or Internet Website’.

Le Prix du Champagne Lanson awarded Oz the Special Millennium Award by for his outstanding contribution to wine education.


Oz presented BBC Food and Drink programme where his remarkable tasting ability has won him great notoriety. He was a regular presenter of the BBC1 daytime makeover show Style Challenge.

In 1996 Oz filmed his own series An Australian Odyssey. In the show he travelled around retracing the remarkable steps of the Australian wine pioneers. This series was broadcast in Australia and on The Travel Channel in the UK.

He has guested on Good Morning, Eat Your Words, Masterchef, Celebrity Ready Steady Cook, The Travel show, Children in Need, and Kavanagh QC and many more programmes. Each year he makes personal appearances at the BBC Good Food Show.

As well as his work as a broadcaster Oz hosts many wine tastings throughout the year and produces his annual Wine Guide. He has recently updated Oz Clarke’s Wine Atlas for publication in late 2003 that won the 2003 World Food Media Award for Best Drink Book. Oz’s Pocket Wine Guide 2004 won the Lanson Wine Guide of the Year 2004.

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