It’s all fine wines and high winds this week for our roving head of content

It’s an early start as I’m off to AXA’s wine chateau in Bordeaux. I sneak in a quick run in the French countryside before a magnificent wine and cheese tasting session. Then it’s off to a five-star meal, served up with the local wines.

Up early and it’s off to an update session with AXA on its commercial division’s strategy. All the team look distinctly perky, despite last night’s wine. The flight back to Gatwick is a bit rocky, thanks to winds from our lovely April weather.

Standard & Poor’s slashes Spain’s rating - bad news for Spanish insurers. The markets shrug it off with a sense of déjà vu.

Senior reporter Sam Barker tells me Admiral has just reduced his premium, despite his upping his annual mileage from 3,000 to 5,000. Perhaps Admiral knows who he works for.

It’s press day and a toss-up between Zurich and Towergate for the lead story.