Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

CorkTalk - Wine for Beginners

Grapes

Chardonnay

by Tim Atkin

Chardonnay

‘Hello, sir, and welcome to the Chardonnay country club.’ I’ve heard some silly things in my time, but naming a Napa Valley golf and tennis complex after a grape variety takes some beating. ... Read more

Vintages

Wine Vintages

by Tim Atkin and Matt Walls

Wine Vintages

One of my favourite cartoons, published by the Pacific Wine Company, depicts a vintage bore surrounded by people who’ve hanged themselves out of tedium: ‘I’ve just started drinking the 1982s,... Read more

Tasting

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

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

Regions

Maipo Valley

by Tim Atkin

Maipo Valley

If you’ve ever seen the film “Alive” – and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re about to tuck into steak tartare – then you’ll know that the Andes are a formidable, as well as... 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

Regions

Uco Valley

by Tim Atkin

Uco Valley

Buenos Aires may be the capital of Argentina, but the hub of its wine business lies nearly 750 miles to the west in Mendoza. Dominated to spectacular effect by the Andes, this bustling provincial... Read more

Merchants

Top UK Wine Merchants

by Matt Walls and Tim Atkin

Top UK Wine Merchants

If you’re serious about developing a wine collection, don’t overlook the UK’s splendid array of independent wine merchants. These companies aren’t the cheapest places to buy a bottle of basic... 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