Tim Atkin | Master of Wine


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11th Nov 2016

Rioja embraces singularity

by Tim Atkin

The poster in Vivanco’s Museum of Wine Culture said it all. It was first published in 2001, but it looked much older than that. Over 300 Rioja labels were crammed into the frame, most of which wouldn’t win a design award but are reassuringly... Read more


7th Nov 2016

Tips for enoying natural wines at home

by Ron Washam

You have finally come to the realization that the only wines worth drinking are Natural Wines, but what’s the best way to enjoy those Natural Wines at home? Many people make the mistake of thinking that the only thing that matters is that the... Read more


31st Oct 2016


by Andrea Frost

In the old days, it used to take a bottle of wine and free karaoke for people to let you know who they really are, but these days I find a holiday and an Instagram account does the trick. Of course, when I say “people”, I mean us. And when I... Read more


17th Oct 2016

Lost in translation

by Matt Walls

What fabulous nectar does the following tasting note conjure up? ... Read more


5th Oct 2016

What next for Château Miraval?

by Tim Atkin

You can always rely on the wine trade to show a sense of perspective. As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie prepare to eviscerate one another in the divorce courts, damaging the lives of their six children in the process, the question on everyone’s... Read more


3rd Oct 2016

Larry Anosmia MS, Frontier Sommelier

by Ron Washam

Episode 1: “By-the-Glass at the O.K. Corral” A famous Tombstone watering hole hires Larry Anosmia MS to increase sales and keep an eye on the Clanton gang. Doc Holliday takes a liking to the new sommelier in town, even switching... Read more


26th Sep 2016

I'll have what Proust had

by Andrea Frost

The other night, I was enjoying a moment of heightened pleasure resulting from that exquisite mix of company, conversation, conviviality and wine. As I did, I noted how the fusion of aromas with such intoxicating moments are how sensory memories... Read more


21st Sep 2016

Heritage: boon or burden?

by Tim Atkin

Good morning, goeie more, everyone, and thank you for giving up part of your Saturday to be here at Nederburg. I’d also like to thank Distell, the Auction and its talented and hard-working team, especially Dalene Steyn, for inviting me... Read more


19th Sep 2016

The Gold Standard

by Matt Walls

On the first day of the Hunter Valley Wine Show, Major Al Lynch, in full military fatigues, explained to the wine judges what was expected of them: “if you are given an order you will follow it without question.” I’ve judged wine... Read more


6th Sep 2016

Love among The Somms

by Ron Washam

The Somms are a strange people, only recently discovered by Westerners. Little is known about where they originated, though most anthropologists agree that it was very early in the 21st century that most people became aware of them, rather like... Read more