Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

CorkTalk - Wine for Beginners

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

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

Tasting

Alcohol

by Tim Atkin

Alcohol

Wine without alcohol is a little like Bonnie without Clyde. If you don’t believe me I suggest you buy one of those feeble low-alcohol ‘wines’ (preferably wearing a balaclava in case you meet... Read more

Tasting

Black fruits

by Tim Atkin

Black fruits

Wine scribes couldn’t survive without fruit. I don’t mean this in a physical sense, although I’m as conscientious as the next person when it comes to slicing a banana on to my cornflakes in... Read more

Soils

A wine lover's guide to vineyard soils

by Tom Stevenson

A wine lover's guide to vineyard soils

SOILTopsoil is of primary importance to the vine because it supports most of its root system, including most of the feeding network. Subsoil always remains geologically true. Main roots penetrate... Read more

Tasting

Cat's pee

by Tim Atkin

Cat's pee

Scatological tasting terms are comparatively rare in wine. Fearful of offending their readers’ sensibilities, writers tend to employ euphemisms: farmyard, cheesy, goaty, vegetal, rustic or sweaty.... Read more

Tasting

Spice

by Tim Atkin

Spice

Tasting is an inexact science. Conveying aromas and flavours in words is akin to trying to describe a beautiful piece of music or a great painting: almost impossible. That's why tasters resort to... 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

Grapes

Riesling

by Tim Atkin

Riesling

A wine merchant friend of mine likes to play an innocuous trick on members of the public. When novice punters come up to him at tastings and ask for a glass of Chardonnay, he pours them a Riesling... Read more