Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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20th Apr 2015

Bitter believe it

by Matt Walls

In the UK we can be a bit prejudiced against flavoured wines and spirits. It’s not hard to see why if you look at the current proliferation of 'aromatised wine-based drinks' that are appearing on supermarket shelves. Most trumpet their ‘natural fruit flavours’, but rather than tasting of genuine strawberries, raspberries or peaches, all the ones I’ve tried have tasted like melted jelly sweets, diluted with water then poked with vodka. Most flavoured spirits aren’t much better. There are two kindred styles of flavoured wines and spirits however that have been criminally overlooked in the past that are starting to make a comeback. We’re even making some brilliant modern examples here in the UK. ... Read more


13th Apr 2015

Burgundy bids farewell to Anne-Claude Leflaive

by Tim Atkin

Anne-Claude Leflaive was sometimes described as one of Burgundy’s “grandes dames” but there was nothing aloof about the woman who ran the most famous white wine domaine in the Côte de Beaune. Relaxed, friendly, yet intensely focused,... Read more


6th Apr 2015

The five essential wine words

by Ron Washam

Most people are uncomfortable talking about wine. They think they lack the vocabulary to speak about it and, therefore, they sound stupid. They are correct. There is no subject that has people sounding so incredibly ignorant as often as wine,... Read more


2nd Apr 2015

Punk Rock wines

by Henry Jeffreys

I was watching a program about Irish rock music on BBC 4 the other night. The problem with these compilation shows is that in order to get to the Pogues you have to sit through the Boomtown Rats. Sure enough up popped Bob Geldof retelling the... Read more


2nd Apr 2015

The Great South African Syrah Tasting

by Tim Atkin

How good is South African Syrah? There are several people (me included) who believe that it’s the red grape best suited to the Cape’s range of soils and climates, but where does it sit in a world context? And is the question a little... Read more


1st Apr 2015

On music, wine and tasting with all your senses

by Andrea Frost

Just as wine without aromas is a rather dull drink, life without our senses engaged is much the same experience. As I sipped wine and listened to a wind trio play music paired to the offering it occurred to me that somewhere on our path to... Read more


16th Mar 2015

The smell of silence

by Matt Walls

When visiting an art gallery, I prefer to wander alone rather than in company. To be left to think, for as long as it takes, in front of any image that draws me in. Talking about the visit is best left to the cafe at the end over coffee and cake.... Read more


9th Mar 2015

Bordeaux's Stonehenge moment

by Tim Atkin

There’s a scene in This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner’s spoof rockumentary about an English heavy metal band, that features a live performance of a song called Stonehenge. Keen to add some extra theatre to the gig, Spinal Tap commission a model... Read more


2nd Mar 2015

Ask Dr. Pinny! The Simpleton's Guide to Wine

by Ron Washam

Wine might be the most difficult beverage on Earth to enjoy properly. Coffee is easy. No matter what coffee “experts” tell you, coffee is all the same. It’s roasted beans, for God’s sake. Powder it and run hot water through it, and,... Read more


27th Feb 2015

Wine as company

by Andrea Frost

Occasionally I find drinking wine to be a perfectly good substitute for the company of people. I am aware this sounds dangerously close to both addiction and conceit and may well be too early in this new column of mine to make such a revelation,... Read more