Oz 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 Webster’s Wine Guide (now annually published Oz Clarke’s Wine Guide) won the first Wine Magazine Book of the Year Award and the first Wine Guild of the United Kingdom Wine Writer Award.
Oz Clarke’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, 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 has been awarded the Silver Award in the category titled Vittoria Coffee Best Food andor Beverage CD Rom or Internet Website.
Oz has been given the Special Millennium Award by Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for his outstanding contribution to wine education and communication during the last ten years.
Oz is a presenter of BBC TV’s 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 which he travelled around the outback and the cities 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 The Generation Game, Friends Like These, Call My Bluff, Good Morning, Eat Your Words, Masterchef, Pebble Mill at One, Celebrity Ready Steady Cook, The Travel show, Children in Need Specials, It’s Only TV But I Like It and Kavanagh QC and many more programmes and each year he makes personal appearances at the BBC Good Food Show.
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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.