Posted 31st Oct 2014
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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 in the last few months on Oregon, South Africa, 2009 Brunello, Washington State, Argentina, 2012 Burgundy, 2012 Rhône and 2013 Bordeaux. There are also columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster), Matt Walls and Robert Joseph. Tim Atkin MW
Posted 28th Oct 2014
If anything can be said to create a buzz in the South African wine industry, it's the annual announcement of the Platter's Wine Guide's 5 Star Wines. There were 50 of these this year, plus a KWV brandy, which reversed the inflationary trend of recent guides. Platter's is a very good annual overview - indeed it's hard to think of a better comparable guide published anywhere in the world - and it takes its task seriously. I sometimes feel that its ratings are a little indulgent - too many four star wines - but its tasters take the time to talk to producers, often visiting them in their cellars to learn about vintage variations and so...
Wine of the Week
(£14.90-£16.99, 13.5%, The Wine Society; Inverarity One to One; Nethergate Wine)
Focused, herbal, pithy white from the talented Katie Jones, who is making ground-breaking wines in the Languedoc-Roussillon. There are notes of nutmeg spice, citrus and pear on this beautifully framed dry white, with a bone dry, almost saline finish.
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.
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