Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure: Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
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Top Gear's James May joins wine-writer Oz Clarke for a road trip through France (Series 1) and California (Series2), whereupon Clarke endeavors admirably in turning May into a fellow connoisseur. This Box Set containing Series 1 & 2 is exclusive to Amazon.co.uk for a limited time.
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May knows chuff all about wine. He sniffs it at Clarke's behest, and stretches himself to describe it as "fruity", and "sort of winey" (sounds about right to me, but what do I know? Am a Ribena girl) before collapsing in snorty, snuffly laughter, much to Oz's disgust.
The pairing seems incongruous. Oz Clarke, at first glance, appears to be a posh, pretentious prig, while James May... isn't. In fact, this may be a good time for a brief aside. Put aquamarine near green, and it looks sky-blue; put it by blue, and it looks like emerald green. And so it is with May - put him next to Clarkson and the Hamster on Top Gear and he appears to be a gentle, old-fashioned, slightly melancholic classical pianist who has somehow inadvertently stumbled across this car lark. Put him next to Oz Clarke, though, and he appears to be a burping, scratching, slightly boorish, alcoholic, laddy petrolhead.
It shouldn't work... but it does. In fact (and I know this will sound ridonkulous) it may work even better than it does with Clarkson and Hammond. May certainly seems to have more fun, and it's not just to do with being tanked.
The first series has them travelling through France, and there's no friendship at first; they are clearly strangers who find one another a little trying.Read more ›
On Top Gear James May's 'character' is vital, but subtle - he is the straight man, the foil for big shouty and little angry; to be the understated Everyman always almost but not quite in the limelight.
But I had real doubts as to how well that would translate in 'Big Wine Adventure'. True, May's affable irony and wry self-deprecating wit on TG were tempered by occasional flashes of a darker, inner bleakness, as he sometimes inadvertantly let slip a tendency towards melancholia(quote: "that moment of Black Dog despair") but away from Hamster and Jezzer, wouldn't it be bland and boring? I didn't really see how the combination could work - Oz Clarke, genuine theatre thespian dahlink and leading Brit wine critic alongside a beer-swilling, petrolhead pianist with depressive tendencies. I prepared for boredom or one of those celeb obviously-in-it-for-the money jaunts.
And I'm very, very sorry, because the DVDs are worth every penny. Both seasons were perfect examples of what documentary shows should be - funny without descending into juvenile puerility, and you learn useful stuff almost without noticing it.Read more ›
OZ Clarke and Jamas May known form Top Gear, who together travels on a
wine adventure. James knows nothing about wine, but have chosen the car
for the adventure (of course an English jaguar) and is like a rebel
boarder school boy taught by the slightly older and more distinguished
Oz Clarke, who continuously tries to learn James about the different
wines and the impressions they make. It all turns into a lot of very
entertaining and very funny situations, filled with humour, and there
is a lot to learn and view, both from the more experienced and newcomer
to wine tasting, on this fantastic wine adventure filled taste -and
That's it, and all in one paragraph!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is bloody brilliant.
Not at all a wine snobs program. Almost like watching Hairy bikers.
Great box set for the money
Item was paid for and dispatched in early April but still has not arrived. Despite best efforts I am making little progress in gaining assistance and tracking down the status of... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2011 by Andrew
If you're into wine, cars or both, Oz and James will most likely give you a good laugh, and serve you lots of Oz wine wisdom and wine-facts.Published on 22 Feb. 2011 by Nikolaj
It is a very bad series if you are looking for knowledge of wine. On the journey through France they eat baked beans and sausage and Oz compares every wine with the scent and James... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2009 by LF
Both the series are great fun and also informative.James and Oz are like little boys on the razz and it is all hugely enjoyable.Published on 8 Jun. 2009 by Hayseed
The series and this box set are a delight the combination of Oz Clarke & James May, the wine, the beer, the history and the scenery is inspired. Read morePublished on 12 May 2009 by Abiding in the fields
Watched it on the telly, brilliant, outrageously funny but informative as well, and the unlikely chemistry between the 2 main protagonists is part of the magic. Read morePublished on 20 April 2009 by Mr. N. P. Tompkins