Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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15th Aug 2013

RIP, two great men of wine

by Tim Atkin

I’m not sure if Peter Lehmann and Tim Hamilton Russell ever met, but I like to think they would have got on, despite their very different personalities. One was a slightly gruff, chain-smoking winemaker who never went to university, the other... Read more


13th Aug 2013

Wine Mosaic: Saving rare grapes from extinction

by Simon Woolf

 When was the last time you had a glass of... Read more


8th Aug 2013

The Swartland Revolution

by Tim Atkin

Every revolution needs a spark, a catalyst that changes things forever. It might not compare with the storming of the Bastille or the fall of the Berlin Wall, but the Sauvignon Blanc that Charles Back of Fairview tasted at a co-operative in 1995... Read more


5th Aug 2013

The Pulitzer Prize for Wine Reviews

by Ron Washam

Though it has yet to gain the kind of attention its other prizes have achieved, the Pulitzer Prize for Wine Reviews was handed out for the first time in 2013. The Pulitzer Prize committee gave the coveted prize to James Molesworth of... Read more


19th Jul 2013

Wine: you don't have to be rich...

by Tim Atkin

Ever felt like making your own wine? If you work in the business, whether as a retailer, sommelier, importer or impoverished hack, the chances are that you’ve entertained just such a dream. With the sun on your face and a couple of glasses of... Read more


17th Jul 2013

Golden Burgundies and funny money

by Robert Joseph

Chapter One It all began so simply. In London, one day in January 2014, the wine writers Tom Nutkin, Albert Joshua and the superstar German winemaker Dr Titan were having lunch with Nicholas Interr of Interr Brush &  Rod,... Read more


5th Jul 2013

London’s wine scene: a tale of two cities

by Matt Walls

Considering its total lack of vineyards, London's long-established position in the wine world might seem surprising. But this has proved to be London’s strength; historically there has been no local pride, patriotism or short-sightedness to... Read more


1st Jul 2013

The World Cup of Wine

by Ron Washam

I don’t care about Canadian wine. I don’t know anybody who does. Canadians should be making wine like Jamaicans should be bobsledding. Oh, but they make great Ice Wines, eh! I hear this all the time and I think, “Yes, pour Canadian wine... Read more


28th Jun 2013

In search of wine expertise

by Tim Atkin

Last week I was an invigilator at the Master of Wine exam in London, supervising a tasting paper that I’d helped to set. Before the roomful of... Read more


17th Jun 2013

Fruits, newts and cutes

by Robert Joseph

In the Wine And Novelty Corp. boardroom, the atmosphere was tense. Behind Warner Biggereturne III, the company president, the chart on the electronic whiteboard said it all: wine division sales had dropped for the third consecutive quarter. Worse... Read more