[=Oz and James=]'s ''Big Wine Adventure'' (AKA ''James May's Road Trip'') is a two-season EdutainmentShow aimed at adults and intended to demystify the [[SeriousBusiness lofty and complex]] world of wine appreciation. Oz Clarke, a noted wine expert, teams up with James May, best known as presenter of ''Series/TopGear'', and the two take thinly-veiled drinking road trip vacation to France in the first series and California in the second.
[=Oz and James=] ''Drink To Britain'' is a one-season followup to ''Big Wine Adventure'' in which Oz and James return for another thinly-veiled drinking holiday, this time touring Great Britain, broadening their scope to all alcoholic beverages, and searching for the drink that speaks for modern Britain.
No new series with will likely be forthcoming with the duo in the near-future, as James is now the spokesperson for a British brewer, making further alcoholic adventures a conflict of interest and against BBC policy. However, Oz has paired up with comedian Hugh Dennis for two further series, and he does make frequent appearances on James' [[Series/JamesMaysManLab other]] ''[[Series/JamesMaysManLab other]]'' [[Series/JamesMaysManLab show]].
!!This series provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion : In ''Drink to Britain'', James gets [[RunningGag a caravan]] for their sleeping arrangements. Oz isn't impressed, so James promises that they'll set fire to it if it's terrible.
* AnnoyingLaugh : James. Especially to Oz.
* AntiClimax: After days of exploring the finest servings of beer, wine, whiskey, gin, cider, perry, vodka, and every alcoholic beverage in Britain, Oz and James finally found the one drink that speaks for the nation: [[spoiler:tea]].
* BaldOfEvil or BaldOfAwesome: However you interpret Oz.
* [[BestBeerEver Best Wine Ever]]: On occasion James has seemed moved almost to tears by the taste of something.
* BitingTheHandHumor: In ''Drink to Britain'' they joke that as long as they occasionally mention alcohol, they've effectively conned the BBC into paying for them to run around the country and get drunk.
* BorrowedCatchphrase : We do hear an "...in the world" at least once or twice.
* BritishPubs : Virtually OnceAnEpisode in ''Drink To Britain'', for obvious reasons.
* ButThouMust : "Would you like beans and sausages, or sausages with beans?"
* CharacterDevelopment: May picks up a conversant vocabulary in wine knowledge; Oz becomes a bit less stuffy and self-important.
* CharacterFilibuster : Oz is necessarily guilty of this, since this ''is'' an edutainment show.
* CityMouse : "The urbanite James -- even to see him doing this rustic stuff is a bit bizarre."
* TheComicallySerious: Oz. Plays the StraightMan to May, who himself usually plays the Straight Man to his co-presenters on ''Top Gear''.
* ConfessionCam : It seems like they're supposed to be explaining what they're doing that day, from their own perspective, but they're actually just whining about each other.
* ConspicuousConsumption : Oz admits that Napa Valley is a bit on the fake side with its marketing machinery and rich-clientele pandering.
* DescriptionCut : Oz and James ride shotgun for a V8 muscle car drag race between "bone-idle vintners" who have nothing to do when not harvesting except fish and race cars.
--> '''Oz''' : [''voiceover shot of him'' not ''enjoying himself''] Only a simpleton could possibly get any pleasure out of this futile activity.
-->[''cut to James in the other car with a huge grin on his face and laughing'']
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal : At fine wine tastings, it's not considered impolite to dispose of remaining wine by either pouring it or spitting it out on the ground or in a provided bucket, even if the vintner is present and the surroundings are posh. Oz spends a lot of effort trying to teach James how to spit neatly, and then even more effort convincing him that it's a good idea.
* DowsingDevice : James gets his hands on one used by a French vineyard that incorporates all sorts of new agey weirdness into their growing process. He uses it to detect the energy of his penis, [[SelfDeprecation which doesn't last very long]].
* DrunkDriver : Meticulously averted. While editing the show, they had to be very careful to cut in shots that indicated Oz and James had slept off any effects before any shots of them driving. Additionally, since it was only James driving the RV in California, he was more often stuck not getting a chance to drink anything (and complaining about this).
* DumbassHasAPoint : Early on, and several times after, Oz notes that James can ''occasionally'' make extremely intelligent comments, observations, and comparisons.
* EdutainmentShow : Usually, Oz is providing the Edu while James provides the Tainment.
* EstrogenBrigade: Oz has one in-universe, to James' amusement and mild bafflement.
* FauxHorrific: James' comically-exaggerated horror at the word ''terroir'',[[note]]The differing characteristics of wine which arise from where and under what conditions the grapes were grown[[/note]] which symbolizes (to him) the sentimental, French over-complication of what should be a simple pleasure.
* FriendshipMoment : James feels guilty after not getting a Mustang for the California trip when Oz expected one, so he goes out and rents one.
* FriendToAllLivingThings : Cats and dogs like James, apparently.
* GeekyTurnOn: One female wine enthusiast's reaction to meeting [[KavorkaMan Oz]], much to James' bewilderment.
* GenreSavvy : A female vintner who also likes cars does a piece to camera in which she admits that talking about wine can be boring and talking about cars can be boring.
* HairOfTheDog : Oz's version includes tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, vodka, and a raw egg. Eagle-eyed viewers will have noted that in the scene before this he was also sipping red wine.
* HideousHangoverCure : James spends a short segment of a California episode cooking several of these, using miscellaneous and leftover food items, for a very surly Oz.
* HighConcept: Two men drive around the country and drink quite a bit.
* HomoeroticSubtext: In the first series, they share a tiny tent and a jacuzzi, not to mention the montage in the final episode in which they both talk about their wonderful trip and Oz compares it to a holiday romance. In the second series, they share a motorhome with only one bed. In the third series, they share a tiny caravan.
* INeedAFreakingDrink : Oz uses almost this line, then attempts to lose already-drunk James in a crowd in search of a bar.
* KavorkaMan: On more than one occasion, we see that Oz Clarke is apparently catnip to female wine-tasters, much to the bewilderment of James.
* LargeHam : Monsieur Chapoutier is very intelligent and very theatrical.
* LastSecondWordSwap : "If he uses that whistle on me again I'm going to shove it up his -- ahh, look, Bordeaux!"
* LookBehindYou : James tries to filch something in a French restaurant kitchen with this gag.
* MarketBasedTitle: For BBC America's rerun of the show, they've renamed it ''James May's Road Trip'', presumably because ''Top Gear'' is half their schedule and they assumed (probably not incorrectly) no one would know who Oz Clarke is.
* MediumAwareness : "This is what's known as a wide-angle shot. The gate is smaller than it looks."
* MenAreUncultured : Oz, owner of a pink seersucker dressing gown, obviously doesn't give a toss for this trope, but James isn't ready to discard it yet.
** ZigZaggingTrope : When Oz lists the "favorite foods" that might go along with a wine that has a particularly fatuous label, it's all junk food.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny : In France, Oz and James visit a grape-themed spa and display their middle-aged buttocks (and most of the rest of themselves) for the camera.
** Turns out to be a WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes moment for James, who HatesBeingTouched, hates the French, and hates being nude in public.
* NationalStereotypes : "I'm trying to look British!" "They're obviously not French, they're actually working."
* NostalgiaFilter: Oz spends much of the second Big Wine Adventure and "Drink to Britain" lamenting high-yield, high-production breweries replacing smaller operations. May, who loves machinery and automation, is unsympathetic.
* OddCouple : Wine ponce goes on drinking holiday with scruffy petrolhead.
* ProductDisplacement : Due to BBC rules about placing undue prominence on brand names, when they did a feature on Guinness as an iconic beverage of Ireland, they had to set up a system by which they [[TheSwearJar fined themselves five Euros]] every time they said "Guinness" rather than a generic name.
* PromotedFanboy : Subverted. James said in an interview that he and a friend used to tune into Oz's older shows and occasionally mock Oz's declamatory style of assessing wines. He also expressed concerns in the ConfessionCam about what might happen if he found three days into the first trip that he didn't like Oz. His proposed solution was, "get drunk, I guess". Which he does anyway.
* PunnyName: The Ozcillator (a whistle James uses to cut Oz short if he's getting long-winded).
* RealMenWearPink : "I can't see your pink pants because they blend in too well with your pink duvet and your pink pillow." Not to mention the pink dressing gown and the [[LessEmbarrassingTerm handbag]].
* RecordNeedleScratch : James recites the blurb on the back of a wine bottle in a soft, poetic tone of voice to gentle romantic BGM. [''scratch''] "You bunch of jessies[[note]]"Softies" in British English[[/note]]. Who wrote that?"
** Also heard in the opening montage voiceovers to segue between Oz being fluffy about wine and James demanding to get on with it.
* SelectiveStupidity : James is surprisingly protective of his ignorance about drink.
* SlobsVersusSnobs : Obviously, Oz versus James. But also James versus himself, as he comes to terms with the knowledge Oz has poured into his brain, and (according to [[http://www.topgear.com/uk/james-may/james-may-obsessions-2007-11-01 one of his columns]]) the realization that he can be very boring about certain topics for very long intervals of time, which is really something [[TopGear Richard and Jeremy]] have been trying to tell him for years.
* SophisticatedAsHell :
-->'''James''' : [''unzips the tent's door and begins reciting to the camera'']
-->Dreaming when Dawn's Left Hand was in the Sky
-->I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry,
-->'Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup
-->Before Life's Liquor in its Cup be dry.'
-->[''beat''] Now fuck off.
* SpotOfTea : James spends a considerable segment of a France episode seeking out a British expat for a cup of proper tea. Then in ''Drink To Britain'', after spending a month sampling everything alcoholic the nation has to offer, they both conclude that the drink that speaks to modern Britain is in fact... tea.
* TastesLikeFeet : A vintner calls James on it -- "When was the last time you tasted a struggling antipodean?"
* ThisLoserIsYou : James plays the scruffy lout easily distracted from the task at hand by cars and machinery, unsuitable to be seen in polite company, and inclined to [[HypocriticalHumor eye-rolling and complaining]] about Oz's pedantry. His goal is to find an inexpensive, drinkable wine for normal people to enjoy.
* VSign : James flicks one at someone who takes a picture of them on the train.
* WackyRacing : How many wine bottles can you open in a set interval of time?
* WunzaPlot: One's a respected wine expert. One's an unrefined petrolhead. Together, they drink wine.
* YourOtherLeft : Oz.