Posted 30th Mar 2015
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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 2013 Burgundy, Rhône and Bordeaux, Oregon, South Africa, Brunello, Washington State and Argentina. There are also monthly columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster of Wine), Matt Walls and Andrea Frost. Tim Atkin MW
Posted 1st Apr 2015
Just as wine without aromas is a rather dull drink, life without our senses engaged is much the same experience. As I sipped wine and listened to a wind trio play music paired to the offering it occured to me that somewhere on our path to sensory enlightment, we stopped tasting with all our senses. The performance was at Mt Langi Ghiran in Central Victoria as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. The dead of winter, the sky was low and grey, the air cold and tight. Fat drops of rain clung to the vines that hung bare and dormant; the only gaiety in the vineyard was the curled tendrils that sprung from the vines like tiny locks of hair. The vineyard...
Wine of the Week
(£8.61, 13.5%, Majestic)
Bruwer Raats makes some of the best Chenin Blancs in South Africa, expressing precision and place rather than tropical fruit flavours. This Fairtrade-accredited example is very lightly oaked, with just a whiff of cinnamon and vanilla to complement the pear, citrus and stone fruit nuances. Tangy and refreshing with a stony bite.
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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