Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Articles

Browse articles

 

29th Oct 2018

Crab brains and Cabernet

by Matt Walls

The last twenty metres of road aren’t yet tarmacked on the way to He Jin Zun winery in Ningxia, northern China, so we get out and crunch over the gravel on foot. Consultant winemaker David Tyney bounds out to greet us and walks us through the... Read more

 

15th Feb 2016

The shock of the new

by Matt Walls

When tasting my way through a large number of unfamiliar wines, there are a few tell-tale signs that I’ve encountered something special. Firstly, an involuntary smile creeps over my face. Secondly, I find myself hurriedly writing a long note.... Read more

 

14th Aug 2014

What's the future for Chinese wine?

by Tim Atkin

First time visitors to Beijing are often struck by the pollution that seems to blanket the city on a daily basis, reducing visibility and filling lungs with undesirable gunk. It’s a symbol of China’s rush towards industrialisation, as well as... Read more

 

26th Jan 2013

2008 Bordeaux revisited

by Sarah Abbott MW

Bordeaux is the most confident and comfortable of fine wines. Great Burgundy is like riding a runaway horse, bareback. Diving into a top Bordeaux is like being chauffeur driven in a purring Bentley. And just as establishment. Any discomfort is... Read more

 

20th Aug 2012

Argentina's Malbec obsession

by Tim Atkin

Is Argentina too dependent on Malbec? The question might seem absurd – few countries have managed to associate themselves so successfully with a single grape – but it’s beginning to worry some producers. The partial commoditisation of... Read more

 

16th Jul 2012

Pierre Mansour: Wine Society selector

by Matt Walls

It does not sell Armand de Brignac ‘Ace of Spades’ Champagne, nor does it sponsor the drinks at footballers’ weddings. The Wine Society doesn’t court the ‘glamour’ end of the drinks business. It quietly gets on with what it has been... Read more

 

20th Apr 2012

Should Bordeaux en primeur take a holiday?

by Tim Atkin

Nothing divides opinions quite like Bordeaux en primeur. If you’ve spent the last few weeks in the Australian outback, without access to a mobile phone or the internet, you might have missed the brouhaha surrounding the annual pre-Easter... Read more

 

2nd Mar 2012

Robert Parker, Nigel Tufnel and the 2009 Bordeaux

by Tim Atkin

There’s a famous moment in This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner’s spoof “rockumentary” about an ageing English heavy metal band, when the lead guitarist, Nigel Tufnel, is showing off his custom-made amplifier. Whereas most amps stop at 10, he... Read more

 

10th Feb 2012

My Dream Cellar

by Tim Atkin

Imagine, just for one minute, that you were richer than Bill Gates: more loaded than a Hollywood film star, Warren Buffett and a Russian oligarch put together. Which wines would you buy? Would you stock your cellar with the most expensive... Read more

 

10th Nov 2011

2007 Bordeaux revisited

by Tim Atkin

We Brits aren’t very good at scrums, but that’s what the annual Institute of Masters of Wine claret tasting resembles at times, especially around the more popular wines. It’s all done with reserve of course – no angled elbows here – but... Read more