Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

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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

Vintages

Wine Vintages

by Tim Atkin and Matt Walls

Wine Vintages

One of my favourite cartoons, published by the Pacific Wine Company, depicts a vintage bore surrounded by people who’ve hanged themselves out of tedium: ‘I’ve just started drinking the 1982s,... Read more

Grapes

Semillon

by Tim Atkin

Semillon

To the uninitiated, harvesting grapes can seem like a lot of fun. What could be nicer than walking, secateurs in hand, down a row of fruit-laden vines, with autumn sunshine dappling your face and... Read more

Regions

Central Otago

by Tim Atkin

Central Otago

What would persuade anyone to throw themselves off a bridge, 43 metres above a tumbling torrent of cold water with a cord around their ankles? You can imagine the raised eyebrows in the pubs of... Read more

Restaurants & Bars

Top UK Wine Bars

by Matt Walls

Top UK Wine Bars

Over the past ten years, a new wave of modern wine bars has risen in London and since spread around the UK. Whether you’re a seasoned drinker or just starting to explore, there’s no better place... 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

Regions

The Douro Valley

by Tim Atkin

The Douro Valley

If you’re fond of trains, the 110 mile trip from Oporto to Pocinho, close to the Spanish border, is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world. For the first hour or so, you’d... Read more

Grapes

Sangiovese

by Tim Atkin

Sangiovese

‘Welcome to the home of the fiasco,’ said the sharply suited Italian. Strange things have happened to me in wineries over the years – my favourite was a board outside a mock Napa Valley... 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