Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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16th Apr 2018

Protecting the global spirit of wine

by Tim Atkin

Anyone who thinks that wine and politics inhabit different worlds might like to have a word with some Californian producers right now. As part of the escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies, China has responded to... Read more


2nd Apr 2018

The NRA Wine Club - Locked and Loaded

by Ron Washam

Hello, I’m Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association inviting you to become a member of the NRA Wine Club. At the NRA, we believe that nothing goes better with live ammunition than several glasses of specially-selected NRA Wine Club... Read more


29th Mar 2018

Wine and social media: goodbye medium+ acidity?

by Celia Bryan-Brown

Marketeers have referred to 2018 as the year of the influencer – and it surely will be for sectors which have clearly defined the distinction between celebrity and social media influencer. I don’t believe that wine is one of those sectors.... Read more


25th Mar 2018

The Lismore Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

by Tim Atkin

The fourth annual Lismore tasting, pitching South Africa against the rest of the world, focused on wooded Sauvignon Blanc and white Bordeaux blends. In previous editions we have looked at Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Cape has always held... Read more


16th Mar 2018

English wine and the Union Flag

by Tim Atkin

What does the Union Jack symbolise to you? Pride? Shame? Sovereignty? Populism? Peace? Colonialism? All are possible responses and have been almost since the flag was designed in 1800 to reflect the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland.... Read more


11th Mar 2018

The Rollercoaster of the US Wine Landscape

by Christy Canterbury MW

The US wine industry is perched precipitously atop a rollercoaster – on one of those tummy-turning peaks where you can’t see over the front to anticipate which way you’re lurching next. Most people I speak to in the wine industry are filled... Read more


7th Mar 2018

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: too much of a good thing?

by Tim Atkin

In the recent history of wine, it’s hard to think of a bigger success story than New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. People famously complain that the fastest way to earn a small fortune in the wine business is to start with a bigger one, but... Read more


5th Mar 2018

The A.I. of Wine Spectator

by Ron Washam

The two words that come to mind when one thinks of the “Wine Spectator’s” lineup of wine critics — James Laube, Matt Kramer, Tim Fish, James Molesworth, Harvey Steiman et al.— is Artificial Intelligence. And, in fact, the entire... Read more


2nd Mar 2018

Why Can’t We Accept Mothers Who Drink?

by Celia Bryan-Brown

The ‘Wine Mom’ has become an infamous staple of popular culture. She loves a meme, her personalised ‘mummy juice’ glassware and sassy ‘wine o’clock’ kitchen signage – and she can’t resist the lure of a crisp glass of... Read more


19th Feb 2018

Capital ventures

by Matt Walls

When London's first urban winery opened in 2013, I was cynical. But London Cru is still going strong, having since won multiple awards for its wines and gained listings in Michelin-starred restaurants. A second winery, Renegade Wines, opened in... Read more