Current white in the fridge: Balland-Chapuis Coteaux du Giennois 2012, £7.99 on offer, Waitrose
If you like the almost punishing purity of Sancerre, this is definitely worth a go. Made in the relatively new Coteaux du Giennois appellation just north of the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume regions and, like its famous neighbours, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. With trademark gooseberry and lime characters, this is racy stuff at a really good price. A glass of this with my cobbled together chicken salad was manna from heaven (or rather, Waitrose).
Current red in the rack: Tesco Finest Stellenbosch Red 2011, £9.99, Tesco
This really is an amazing wine. Made in South Africa, it's a so-called Bordeaux blend made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Although funnily enough not that many blends made in Bordeaux use all of these grapes at the same time nowadays. Anyway, this throw-it-all-in approach has really worked. There's a ton of bramble fruit in the glass, with a whiff of toast and vanilla thanks to time spent in oak barrels. Mellow, man. Saw us through a gloriously long lunch with the in-laws on Sunday.
Peace out, winos x