Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

CorkTalk - Wine for Beginners

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

Grapes

Sauvignon Blanc

by Tim Atkin

Sauvignon Blanc

My local wine merchant was in conspiratorial mood. ‘I have a couple of bottles under the counter. I can let you have them but, for goodness’ sake, don’t tell anyone where you got them.’ ... 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

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

Regions

Barossa Valley

by Tim Atkin

Barossa Valley

The first time I visited the Barossa Valley in South Australia, someone gave me a cassette. (It was so long ago, that iTunes didn’t exist.) The music was a collection of oompah classics recorded by... 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

Regions

Marlborough

by Tim Atkin

Marlborough

The 24th of August 1973 was a significant date in the history of New Zealand. It was equally significant in the history of wine. If that sounds a little over-dramatic – the equivalent of a... 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

Grapes

Merlot

by Tim Atkin

Merlot

A South American friend of mine once paid an unannounced visit to Château Pétrus. He’s not a naive person by nature, but on this occasion he was being rather optimistic. The chance of being... Read more