Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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5th Nov 2018

The Court of Master Sommeliers: Who Says Cheaters Never Proctor?

by Ron Washam

 “The Court of Master Sommeliers stripping the titles from 23 of the 24 candidates who took the tainted blind wine tasting exam in order to preserve the Court’s ‘integrity,’” Larry Anosmia MS tells me, “is like Stormy Daniels... Read more


29th Oct 2018

Cover letter for the post of Head of Strategy of the Institute of Masters of Wine

by Peter Pharos

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Institute, It is with pleasure and trepidation that I am applying for the position of Head of Strategy at the Institute [1]. While this is undoubtedly the foremost [2] body of Wine Professionals in the... Read more


16th Oct 2018

How to make a hangover work for you

by Celia Bryan-Brown

I saw Christmas decorations in the supermarket today. Admittedly, they were tucked behind ranks of lurid Halloween costumes – but still. Between these and the inexplicable (and surely eternally unused) nets-of-nuts, family pack chocolates and... Read more


15th Oct 2018

Do winemakers improve with age?

by Tim Atkin MW

Peter Sisseck poured a sample of his 2016 Pingus with obvious pride, watching my eyes for a reaction. He’s a thoughtful, modest man, who abhors self-promotion and would never think of trying to influence a journalist, but as I finished my... Read more


4th Oct 2018

Our vanishing Master Sommeliers

by Ron Washam

Researchers say there are no more than 273 of them left in the world. Many of the males are old, long past a desirable reproductive age. They’re nocturnal for the most part, using the darkness of the night to hide their neurotic fear of... Read more


29th Sep 2018

Is an imitation wine better than a fake?

by Christy Canterbury MW

Charles Caleb Colton is originally credited with the phrase, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Yet it more often is attributed to Oscar Wilde, whose cheeky addition “...that mediocrity can pay to greatness” is frequently... Read more


13th Sep 2018

The Wine Writers of Penzance

by Peter Pharos

A scenic market town in South England. A gang of rowdy wine writers have ambushed a party of innocent wine sellers. The leading seller, a jovial, portly man in his early 50s, steps forward to the Head of the Wine Writers’ gang, and the... Read more


13th Sep 2018

Bad times in Buenos Aires

by Tim Atkin MW

Every year at the end of my three-week tour of Argentina, I sit down with Dr Nicolas Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata for breakfast. He, inevitably, wants to talk about wine – new bodegas and regions, the latest vintage – while I want to talk... Read more


3rd Sep 2018

Freddie Perjury, Director of Greenwashing

by Ron Washam

Prick Family Vineyards owner Rich Prick has announced the hiring of Freddie Perjury as Director of Greenwashing. “I’ve given Freddie the assignment of communicating to the wine buying public our commitment to the environment, to the health... Read more


10th Aug 2018

The Cost of the Dream

by Tim Atkin

Is marriage a matter of the head or the heart? Driving back from my godson’s wedding in Nottingham recently, I heard an interview with Baroness Fiona Shackleton, Britain’s leading divorce lawyer, on BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme, about... Read more