Posted 10th Dec 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, Napa and Oregon. There are also regular columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster), Matt Walls, Christy Canterbury MW, Peter Pharos and Celia Bryan-Brown. Tim Atkin MW
Posted 14th Dec 2018
What makes a wine worth drinking? is the intriguing title of American importer Terry Theise’s new book ($25, HMH). If you’ve never heard of TT, he’s one of the most intelligent and considered voices in the world of wine, championing diversity and elegance. He’s got a mischievous side, too. I’ve always cherished a story about him telling a consumer that “the finest Chardonnays all come from the town of Riesling. Look out for it on labels.”
One chapter is entitled Power At All Costs? In it, Theise talks about a recurring conversation he has with sommeliers. He’s happy to let them choose something for him, he tells them, but only if it has alcohol no higher than 13.5%. He admits that he’s “become...
Wine of the Week
(£9, 10.5%, Marks & Spencer)
Vinho Verde is one of those styles that's often dismissed by wine experts for frivolity, but I'm a huge fan of the style when it's properly made. This Atlantic-influenced cuvée of Loureiro with 40% Arinto and 10% Trajadura is just off dry, with lots of spritz and zing, notes of white pepper, lime and boiled sweets and alluring frehsness.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 33 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including Harpers, Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, The Drinks Business and Imbibe 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.
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