Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

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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

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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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Cedarwood

by Tim Atkin

Cedarwood

Wine tasting is full of anomalies and paradoxes. How can a liquid that has been aged in oak taste of cedarwood, for example? Yet cedarwood is a perfectly legitimate description for oaky young reds,... 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

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Red Fruits

by Tim Atkin

Red Fruits

'And where were you born?' someone asked me at a dinner party recently. 'In an orchard or a hedgerow?' It's easy to smile at wine writers. We will happily spend hours (well, minutes) arguing over... 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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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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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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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