Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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12th Jun 2018

Sparkling English Wine Writing

by Peter Pharos

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... Read more


10th Jun 2018

Does somewhereness matter in wine?

by Tim Atkin

I’ve never been to the Phantom River in New Zealand’s South Island, but a quick search on line shows that it rises in the Ben McLeod Range and joins the Orari River close to Peel Forest. With its echoes of nature, mystery and the gold rush,... Read more


4th Jun 2018

A day at the Napa Valley Old Wine Critics Home

by Ron Washam

“You want to know what really drives me nuts?” Sam Euthanasia, World’s Oldest Wine Critic, tells me, “The whole place smells like pee. It’s like spending the day judging goddam supermarket New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. And if I wanted to... Read more


28th May 2018

Is sobriety a feminist issue?

by Celia Bryan-Brown

Feminism is the watch-word du jour, and not just among women of a certain age and political inclination. The drive for gender equality, and, more saliently, accountability, had ‘feminism’ named 2017’s word of the year. There’s... Read more


26th May 2018

What have wine critics ever done for us?

by Peter Pharos

Wine is a many-maligned thing. The punters are snobs and bores; the servers are sycophants or stuck-up; the vendors dress the emperor in the finest invisible silk. None, however, is more deserving of scorn than the critic: depending on who you... Read more


17th May 2018

Wine's race to the bottom

by Tim Atkin

Does anyone remember Safeway? In its day, it had one of the best supermarket wine ranges in the UK: diverse, daring and invariably well selected. When the chain was taken over by Morrisons in March 2004, its then director of wine, Matthew Stubbs... Read more


7th May 2018

Erotica for the Natural Wine Lover

by Ron Washam

He was the most handsome man in the bar. I knew he was the one when he walked over to the jukebox and selected my favorite song — The Police’s “Qvevri Little Thing She Does is Magic.” He caught my eye and then casually took the... Read more


3rd May 2018

Wine and Opera: Traveling Down Parallel Roads?

by Christy Canterbury MW

The opening text incensed me. It was The New York Times review of The Metropolitan Opera’s Elektra by Anthony... Read more


30th Apr 2018

Accented French - the red wines of north-eastern Greece

by Peter Pharos

Every oenophile probably has that one moment of public blind tasting when it All Goes Right. Mine came sometime in the mid-noughties at the rooftop bar of the Athens Hilton. I was rushing to meet friends after a long day at work and already... Read more


23rd Apr 2018

Missing link

by Matt Walls

The UK is home to over 400 branches of Nando’s. Greene King runs over 3,100 pubs and restaurants. There are over 2,300 Costa cafes; 12 in Chelmsford alone. We British love a chain. So why are there so few sizeable chains of wine bars? Only... Read more