Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 10th Feb 2016

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Welcome to timatkin.com. I hope you like the site and find lots to read and enjoy, especially the in-depth reports we've published on Rioja, the Rhône, South Africa, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Argentina, Brunello, Washington State, Napa and Oregon. There are also monthly columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster of Wine), Matt Walls and Andrea Frost. Tim Atkin MW


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On top of the wine world
by Tim Atkin

Posted 10th Feb 2016

In his wonderful book “BAD: Or, the Dumbing of America”, the late Paul Fussell developed a theory about altitude: the higher the restaurant, the worse the food. It makes a lot of sense when you contemplate the reheated slop that’s served on airplanes these days, assuming you’re not flying at the pointy end of the 747. Fussell’s law clearly doesn’t apply to wine, except possibly in reverse. There are obviously some good grapes grown at, or close to, sea level, but the majority of the world’s best vineyards are on slopes. As the ancient Roman poet Virgil put it in the Georgics over 2,000 years ago, Bacchus loves hillsides. For all that, not many vineyards are planted above 1,000 metres. Outside Argentina, the...

Wine of the Week

2012 Bodegas Tonel Malbec, Mendoza

(£5.99, 14, Lidl)

Hard to beat for its sheer exuberance and gluggability, this is a brilliantly priced Argentinean Malbec with classic violet perfume, a touch of smoky oak and oodles of plum, blackberry and liquorice fruit. Made for a juicy steak, but this is smooth enough to work with spring lamb, too.

89 points


About Tim

I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 28 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Intelligent Life, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Wine-Searcher, Fine Drink (China) and Woman and Home, appear regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 25 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.

Awards and recognition

Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year 2011 and the Born Digital Award for Best Editorial ContentThis site is the winner of the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Online Drink Writer of the Year, the 2014 Louis Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award, the 2013 and 2011 Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year and the 2011 Born Digital Awards for Best Editorial Content.

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