Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 18th Mar 2018

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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, Chile, Brunello, Washington State, Napa and Oregon. There are also regular columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster of Wine), Matt Walls, Christy Canterbury MW, Celia Bryan-Brown and Sarah Abbott MW. Tim Atkin MW


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English wine and the Union Flag
by Tim Atkin

Posted 16th Mar 2018

What does the Union Jack symbolise to you? Pride? Shame? Sovereignty? Populism? Peace? Colonialism? All are possible responses and have been almost since the flag was designed in 1800 to reflect the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland. As Tim Marshall writes in his recent book, Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags, “its beauty or otherwise is in the eye, imagination and politics of the beholder”. The Union Jack has always provoked strong reactions – it’s still known as the “Butcher’s Apron” in some parts of Ireland, apparently – but like so many things in public life it has become even more divisive since June 2016. In such circumstances, the new branding for Wines of Great...

Wine of the Week

2015 Boutinot, Les Six Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Rhône Valley

(£12.99, 14.5%, D. Byrne)

Made with six different varieties - nothing compared with Châteuneuf-du-Pape's 14, but still quite a large number - this is a superb, modern, Grenache-dominated Cairanne, which carries its comparatlvely high alcohol lightly, thanks to the structure and acidity of the 2015 vintage. Spicy tapenade and wild herb aromas segue into a smooth, deftly oaked palate with very fine tannins and a core of sweet, tarry blackberry and blueberry fruit. Outstanding value. 

93 points


About Tim

I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine WineGourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home 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 30 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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