Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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22nd Mar 2013

Brunello and Bordeaux: a tale of two appellations

by Tim Atkin

Brunello and Bordeaux, Bordeaux and Brunello. Italy and France’s most famous wine regions have a lot in common, not least that they both hold high-profile tastings in the first part of the year. If it’s February, it must be Tuscany,... Read more


18th Mar 2013

Who needs Bordeaux vintages?

by Robert Joseph

No one could have predicted the impact the Senkalu Island crisis of March 2015, ten years ago, would have on the wine world. When President Hollande’s decision to align France with Europe and the US in support of Japan led to an immediate ban... Read more


8th Mar 2013

I'm 100 points on that...

by Tim Atkin

A favourite Paul Simon tune was at the top of my iPod play list last week. When Numbers Get Serious isn’t as famous as the Sounds of Silence or Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover, but it has a hidden message for the wine business. “When times are... Read more


1st Mar 2013

Sommeliers without borders

by Ron Washam

Larry Anosmia, Master Sommelier, had a vision. He knew there were millions of people around the globe suffering, and suffering in unimaginable agony, simply because they didn’t have access to a sommelier. In many cases, they may have had... Read more


21st Feb 2013

Forbidden Fruit

by Matt Walls

If Jesus had chosen something other than the fruit of the vine for his followers to worship him with, today’s wine lovers might have a harder time indulging their hobby. You might have to meet up with a mate of a mate in a pub car park to... Read more


18th Feb 2013

Because you’re worth it

by Robert Joseph

Two strangers, a man and woman meet at a cocktail party. The man turns to the woman and says, I've got a hypothetical question for you. The woman, whose curiosity has been piqued, says "OK ask away..." "If a... Read more


15th Feb 2013

Horsemeat, bullshit and wine

by Tim Atkin

How hungry would you have to be to eat a spaniel? What about a monkey, a camel or a rat? During the siege of their city in 1870, starving Parisians consumed all those things and more. Horsemeat, first introduced four years previously as what the... Read more


10th Feb 2013

Sir George hits 50

by Tim Atkin

Is there such a thing as the New Zealand dream, a Kiwi equivalent of America’s fabled journey from poverty to prosperity? If so, Sir George Fistonich is surely its personification. Born the second son of Croatian immigrants, whose father came... Read more


3rd Feb 2013

Frank Buck: natural wine hunter

by Ron Washam

They’re out there, natural wines, you can smell them. You just have to hope that they can’t smell you first, smell your fear. I hunt them. Someone has to. I hunt them to bring them back alive to an unknowing audience of wine lovers: people... Read more


27th Jan 2013

Everyday value?

by Matt Walls

Lined up against the wall in my hallway, they stood quietly like forlorn commuters queuing for a bus. These were not bottles to make a taster salivate. Why didn't I suggest a tasting of vintage Champagnes instead, I wondered? But this is the... Read more