I’ve been reading an intriguing article by Miles Thomas in the Psychologist magazine. It’s called ‘On Vines and Minds’, and it discusses many of the ways in which our brains determine the experience of drinking wine.
The Simpsons (Channel 4); Midnight Man (ITV); World Snooker Championship (BBC2)
Foyle's War (ITV); Age of Terror (BBC2)
I’m just back from the United States where the local wine is ridiculously expensive, apart from the ridiculously cheap, and you wouldn’t want to drink an awful lot of that, since Diet Coke may be more subtle.
The budget has hit wine merchants and drinkers quite hard.
Hancock and Joan (BBC4); The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (BBC1)
Rivers of Blood (BBC2); Delia (BBC2); The Most Annoying Pop Moments ... We Hate To Love (BBC3)
This month we feature luxurious wines from France — some well-known, others which deserve to become much better known.
The Lady's Not For Spurning (BBC4); Happy Birthday, Brucie! (BBC1); Lewis (ITV)
Time for our annual offer of Château Musar from the excellent folk at Wheeler Cellars, sister company to Lay & Wheeler.
I love Stone, Vine & Sun of Winchester. They keep winning awards for best independent wine merchant; they have a knack for finding delicious wines at excellent prices from places you haven’t heard about yet but very soon will.
Attila the Hun (BBC1); Skins (E4)
I love Stone, Vine & Sun of Winchester.
Jonestown (BBC 2); Moving Wallpaper & Echo Beach (ITV); Harry Hill's TV Burp (ITV)
Foyle's War (ITV), Lark Rise to Candleford (BBC One), Horizon (BBC Two), Moving Wallpaper & Echo Beach (ITV).
Extras (BBC 1), Parkison: The Final Conversation (ITV), Sense and Sensibility (BBC 1), David Cameron's Incredible Journey (BBC 2), The Hidden Story of Jesus (Channel 4)
Kath & Kim (Living), Spooks (BBC 1), The Blair Years (BBC 1)
Arrange Me a Marriage (BBC2), Cranford (BBC1), and The Blair Years (BBC1)
Simon Hoggart's latest selection
Joe’s Palace (BBC1), A Room with a View (ITV), River Cottage: Gone Fishing (Channel 4)
I cannot imagine anyone who looks less like Father Christmas than Adam Brett-Smith, the managing director of Corney & Barrow. Adam is slender instead of fat, his face clean-shaven rather than covered in a fluffy white beard, and he would no more wear a red fur-lined suit and a silly hat than you or I would go to work dressed as Ronald McDonald.
Fanny Hill (BBC 4), Sopranos (E4)
This is our last mini-bar before we start to get ready for Christmas.
Nature of Britain (BBC 1), Californication (Five) and Tonight (ITV1)
A visit to Averys of Bristol is always a delight. They are one of our oldest wine merchants, and while most of the stock is kept these days in a modern warehouse out of town, they still have a cellar in central Bristol.