I can't remember the last time I was without internet access for a solid 3 days, probably never. I have become so used to being able to get online at the drop of a hat that being without the abilitity to instantly look up an unspecified, useful only to me, morsel of minutiae was quite disconcerting. More disturbing was the little issue of it being a bank holiday weekend here in Blighty and BT informing Thud that internet service could possibly be down until Wednesday. Yikes! Thank goodness the worst possible case scenario did not materialise.
The other day, Thud whipped up a fairly quick Bolognese-meatball-fettucine dish which we paired with a bottle of 2010 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo La Francese - part of the Tesco Finest line. Made from the Montepulciano grape this young wine was surprisingly very tannic and did not open up one iota during the course of our meal. There was certainly a hint of bitter black cherries and vanilla-spiciness, but these flavours were suggestions only and did not develop into anything. The left over wine became wine-ice cubes...lots of them.