Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

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Grapes

Shiraz

by Tim Atkin

Shiraz

I’ve always considered it neatly ironic that Shiraz, one of the world’s greatest red grape varieties, takes its name from a town in Iran. Ironic because Iran is not exactly a wine drinker’s... 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

Chenin Blanc

by Tim Atkin

Chenin Blanc

If patience is a virtue, as the old saw would have it, then it’s a virtue that’s deeply unfashionable. We live in a world dominated by immediacy, instant gratification, attention spans that can... Read more

Grapes

Pinot Noir

by Tim Atkin

Pinot Noir

The legendary jazzman and humorist Ronnie Scott once introduced a concert at his London club with the following words: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the last time this person played in London, a lot of... Read more

Grapes

Pinot Gris

by Tim Atkin

Pinot Gris

As a kid, I was a great fan of a cartoon show called Secret Squirrel. (Yes, I am that old.) The furtive rodent was a master of disguise. I don’t recall if SS drank wine, but I reckon I’ve... 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

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

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

Tempranillo

by Tim Atkin

Tempranillo

Cenicero is one of the nicest towns in Rioja, with a picturesque central square, narrow streets of white-walled houses and an elevated walkway full of old-timers in black berets philosophically... Read more