Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

CorkTalk - Wine for Beginners

Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon

by Tim Atkin

Cabernet Sauvignon

If grape varieties were football teams – bear with me for a second if you’d rather eat iron filings than hear about our beleaguered national sport – then Cabernet Sauvignon would win the... Read more

Tasting

Cedarwood

by Tim Atkin

Cedarwood

Wine tasting is full of anomalies and paradoxes. How can a liquid that has been aged in oak taste of cedarwood, for example? Yet cedarwood is a perfectly legitimate description for oaky young reds,... Read more

Regions

Bordeaux

by Tim Atkin

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the world’s most famous fine wine region. Other areas may be more beautiful, more historic or blessed with better food, but Bordeaux is home to the greatest percentage of the globe’s... Read more

Regions

Burgundy II

by Tim Atkin

Burgundy II

Burgundy is a paradoxical place. The apparent contradiction is that it is both one of the simplest and most complex wine regions on earth. The easy part is that almost all of its wines are varietals,... Read more

Regions

Sicily

by Tim Atkin

Sicily

Sicily is a paradox. The largest island in the Mediterranean is the most familiar of Italy’s 20 regions, thanks to Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard, horse’s heads, Marlon... Read more

Merchants

Top UK Wine Merchants

by Matt Walls and Tim Atkin

Top UK Wine Merchants

If you’re serious about developing a wine collection, don’t overlook the UK’s splendid array of independent wine merchants. These companies aren’t the cheapest places to buy a bottle of basic... Read more

Regions

Stellenbosch

by Tim Atkin

Stellenbosch

With its Cape Dutch architecture, mountain-fringed setting, famous university and a line-up of wineries that reads like a who’s who of the South African industry, Stellenbosch is one of the... Read more

Grapes

Zinfandel

by Tim Atkin

Zinfandel

'No wimpy wines' reads the sign outside Ravenswood, Joel Peterston's eccentric base in the Sonoma Valley. Or, for Spanish-speakers, 'No vinos sin huevos' (no wines without balls!). Peterson... Read more

Grapes

Grenache

by Tim Atkin

Grenache

Jacques Reynaud, the late owner of Château Rayas, was notorious for playing tricks on journalists. A friend of mine once told me a story about turning up for a pre-arranged tasting to find the... Read more