Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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25th Nov 2011

Who pays wine critics?

by Tim Atkin

The campaigning journalist George Monbiot stirred up a considerable amount of debate among hacks recently when he decided to publish a registry of his financial interests on his ... Read more


23rd Nov 2011

Does Decanter Magazine make you blush?

by Matt Walls

There was one magazine above all that I found embarrassing to buy as a student. I used to surreptitiously snatch it from the newsstand and guiltily stuff it into a brown paper bag at the till, in the hope that no-one would see. No, not Playboy;... Read more


13th Nov 2011

Beards, wine and biodynamism

by Tim Atkin

I was keeping my eyes out for deer’s bladders in the rafters or even the odd cow horn, but it was the facial hair that was more noticeable at this week’s Biodyvin tasting in London. Biodynamic winemakers appear to share a love of abundant... Read more


12th Nov 2011

The rocky road to the Chinese wine market

by Tim Atkin

The attendance of Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, may have garnered the pre-conference headlines, but the most eagerly awaited panel at Wine Future Hong Kong 2011 was the one dedicated to selling wine in Asia. The... Read more


11th Nov 2011

My top dozen wines from the Biodyvin tasting

by Tim Atkin

2007 Domaine Bott-Geyl Gewurztraminer d’Alsace Grand Cru Sonnenglantz (available from OW Loeb)One of a series of stunning wines from this outstanding... 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


9th Nov 2011

What if the Mayans were right?

by Randall Grahm

According to the people who know about these things, the last Mayan calendar, which spanned a period of approximately 1,872,000 days, ended just a couple of weeks ago (Oct. 28th). Since the world seems to still be here, albeit a little the worse... Read more


4th Nov 2011

The pick of Waitrose's wine range

by Tim Atkin

RED2010 Saumur, Les Nivières (£7.49, 13%) Essence of Loire Cabernet Franc, this unoaked red is a delight: soft and grassy with fresh acidity, no oak and pure blackcurrant and green pepper... Read more


1st Nov 2011

German Pinot Noir comes of age

by Tim Atkin

Question: which country is the world’s third biggest producer of Pinot Noir? I’d always imagined the top five would be France (Champagne boosts the numbers), the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Chile. But on a visit to Germany earlier this... Read more


31st Oct 2011

Putting the boot into heavy reds

by Tim Atkin

One of the hardest things in life is to admit that you’ve made a mistake. Whatever we choose to call it – a blunder, a cock up or an error of judgment – it’s much easier to pretend that we are infallible. The bigger the ego, the... Read more