Posted 23rd Jan 2015
News from Tim
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 2013 Rhône, Oregon, South Africa, 2009 Brunello, Washington State, Argentina, 2012 Burgundy and 2013 Bordeaux. There are also columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster), Matt Walls and Henry Jeffreys. Tim Atkin MW
Posted 14th Jan 2015
“Sorry I’m late sir. Ignore the bandage, I had an unexpected visit to the hospital to get my ear seen to. Anyway – I understand you’d like me to paint your sunflowers… So, oil paint or watercolours? And how would you like them arranged – a bunch or just the one? What shall I put them in? And what colour background? Bright pink… hmm. OK – you’re the boss.”
Not everything is improved by asking the consumer what they want. Retailers such as Naked Wines encourage their producers to engage directly with customers and take on board their comments when making wine. This doesn’t appeal to me. Commentators such as ...
Wine of the Day
(£13, 13%, Liberty Wines)
This is only the "entry point" Dolcetto from the Vajra family, but it's still a deliciously aromatic example of Piedmont's everyday red. Aromatic and fruity, showing flavours of plum and black cherry, as well as aromas of violets, it's at its best when lightly chilled. Aren't we all? Long and refreshing with chalky acidity.
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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