You know the old thing Wendy Cope said about men and buses, how you wait for ages and they all appear at once? Well, same goes for TV programmes. Since the end of the last series of Poldark, the only thing that kept me going was Bake Off (along with a few surreptitious episodes of MIC but we'll speak no more about that). But now, I can't stop watching telly. Sunday: Downton, obviously. Monday: London Spy (my friend produced it so am a bit biased, but still - brilliant). Tuesday: River (went a bit strange in the middle but now building to a great finish). And best of all, Wednesday: The Affair. Absolutely one of the most brilliant things on telly for about a year. So well done, telling the story through different eyes. Scenes are repeated with the characters wearing different clothes and saying different things, depending on who's recounting the story. If you haven't seen it, you must - and it'll keep you going until the next series of Poldark.
Current white in the fridge: Louis Delaunay Champagne Brut NV, £9 (normally loads more), Tesco
This is a great deal - which not all champagne deals are, as you know. But this one really does deliver crisp lemons, toast and a whiff of hazelnuts in a glass, together with bubbles that stay the course (or at least until you have time to finish it). Looks the part too - no gopping giveaway label here. It's down to £9 until next Tuesday, so if you've got anything to celebrate between now and then (I'm thinking making it to Friday?), it's worth it.
Current red in the rack: Orbitali Brunello di Montalcino 2010, £15, Asda
If you like the medium-bodied cherry fruits of a good Chianti, this is similar but with a bit more grip and oomph. Made from the Sangiovese grape (as is Chianti) in the Montalcino region just south of Florence, in Tuscany, it's got a more rustic feel to it. But time has softened everything too, so this one's smooth with a bit of spice. A bit like The Affair, really.
Chin chin x
Labels: 2010, Asda, Champagne, France, Italy, NV, Sangiovese, Tesco