Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 12th Jun 2018

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Sparkling English Wine Writing
by Peter Pharos

Posted 12th Jun 2018

A short time after the Brexit Referendum, I wrote a piece for a Wine Writing Competition [1]. Those were the heady times of the Birmingham conference, with their Citizens of Nowhere and Foreign Staff Lists, the Conservative Party looking like Mr Bean trying to pen the Reichstag Fire Decree. I chose to make my piece about the dark fate I thought was in store for English Sparkling Wine (ESW) in case of a Hard Brexit [2]. It was an uneven piece, swerving clumsily between concern and gallows humour [3]. It didn’t go down well. Ironically, when I was writing it I thought I was pushing at an open door. Surely, if there was one industry that would be petrified of Brexit would be the ESW one. Surely British wine writers would...

Wine of the Week

2015 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Section 94, Marlborough

(£17-22, 13.5%, )

A wine that's consistently a match for all but the very best (and much more expensive) wines of Pessac-Léognan, this deftly oaked Marlborough Sauvignon ages brilliantly too. Leesy, rich yet beautifully balanced, it combines flavours of vanilla spice, gooseberry fool, lanolin and vivid acidity. One of the region's very best expressions of the grape. 

94 points


About Tim

I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 33 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including Harpers, DecanterThe World of Fine WineGourmet 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.

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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