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

Tasting

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

Regions

Napa Valley

by Tim Atkin

Napa Valley

The Napa Valley is the most famous wine region in the Americas and arguably in the entire New World – think Bordeaux crossed with the Hollywood Hills and more than a touch of Wall Street - but its... 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

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

Regions

Lebanon

by Tim Atkin

Lebanon

Part salesman, part winemaker, part impresario, Serge Hochar is standing on the steps of Château Musar, arms extended in greeting. Hochar gives “good quote”, as we journalists like to say,... Read more

Tasting

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

Tasting

Grapes

by Tim Atkin

Grapes

An Aussie friend of mine once regaled me with a tale about his first day at work in the 1980s. Fresh out of agricultural college and as green as an unripe grape, he turned up ready to put his... Read more