Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

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Winespeak

by Tim Atkin

Winespeak

Wine writers knowingly run the risk of an appearance in Private Eye's Pseuds’ Corner every time they describe a wine. The vocabulary of taste, surely the most intimate of our senses, used to be... Read more

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Gamey

by Tim Atkin

Gamey

Every day in the world of wine is the Glorious Twelfth. The hunting season may be restricted in Britain – to the relief of thousands of birds and animals, who’d rather not end up in an oven or... Read more

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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

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Herbs

by Tim Atkin

Herbs

Getting carried away is easy when you've wandering among the vines. Many are the tasters who claim to have identified aspects of the local flora in the character of a particular wine, especially... Read more

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Tannin

by Tim Atkin

Tannin

I've given up drinking tea on airlines. Sitting at the back of the plane in economy, I'm invariably served last and, by the time the tea gets to me, it has the consistency and colour of estuary mud.... Read more

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Petrol

by Tim Atkin

Petrol

The satirical columnist, Simon Hoggart, once ran an occasional series of disgusting-sounding tasting notes which, as he put it, 'would make you decide never ever to buy, still less open, the bottle... Read more

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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

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Nuts

by Tim Atkin

Nuts

Wine tasting is an inexact science. We professional slurpers talk in generalities rather than specifics. That’s why terms like ‘nutty’ crop up so often in tasting notes. The same goes for... Read more

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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