Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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29th Aug 2016

The Art of Comparison

by Andrea Frost

In wine circles, we have a similarly complex relationship with comparisons. Which is odd, given we spend hundreds of hours every year, and many years every career, lining wines up against each other to compare their attributes. We compare the... Read more


21st Mar 2016

South Africa triumphs at the Lismore Chardonnay tasting

by Tim Atkin

Way back in 1992, so long ago that it's even disappeared from remaindered bookshelves, I wrote a tome about Chardonnay. It was a tour d'horizon of the world's most popular white grape, with entries grouped by country from Argentina... Read more


29th Jun 2015

On wine and wondering

by Andrea Frost

Even though I spend a lot of time wandering in and wondering about nature, I confess I felt foolish being dropped in a vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand, so I could sit on my own to think.... Read more


11th Feb 2015

Marlborough: The Fear of France?

by Matt Walls

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you'll love Marlborough in New Zealand. Of its 22,903 hectares of vineyards, 19,639 of them are planted with it. Undoubtedly this feels like an awful lot of eggs in one basket for local winemakers, so no wonder some... Read more


14th Jan 2015

Braver New World

by Matt Walls

“Sorry I’m late sir. Ignore the bandage, I had an unexpected visit to the hospital to get my ear seen to. Anyway – I understand you’d like me to paint your sunflowers… So, oil paint or watercolours? And how would you like them arranged... Read more


7th Apr 2014

How to choose a white wine: a beginner's guide

by Ron Washam

Choosing a white wine can be summed up in a single word: Don’t. People will tell you that white wine is every bit as interesting as red wine. These are the same people who will tell you cats are every bit as good as dogs as pets. These are... Read more


10th Mar 2014

Spend less, drink better

by Matt Walls

The UK is a nation of bargain hunters. There are more pound shops on Britain’s high streets than bookstores. When it comes to wine we’re no different; most of what we buy is on promotion. We may outwardly assert to the omniscient boffin on... Read more


7th Jun 2013

Canada: you can't build an industry on Icewine

by Matt Walls

Norman Hardie has been making impressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Ontario, in the east of Canada, since 2004. He admits that Icewine has been both a blessing and a curse: “it’s good and bad... it shows people we can make wine” he says,... Read more


27th Jan 2013

Everyday value?

by Matt Walls

Lined up against the wall in my hallway, they stood quietly like forlorn commuters queuing for a bus. These were not bottles to make a taster salivate. Why didn't I suggest a tasting of vintage Champagnes instead, I wondered? But this is the... Read more


4th Dec 2012

Ten things you need to know about the 2011 Burgundy vintage

by Tim Atkin

My full report on the very enjoyable 2011 vintage in Burgundy will be published in January... Read more