Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

CorkTalk - Wine for Beginners

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

Tasting

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

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

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

Regions

Burgundy II

by Tim Atkin

Burgundy II

Burgundy is a paradoxical place. The apparent contradiction is that it is both one of the simplest and most complex wine regions on earth. The easy part is that almost all of its wines are varietals,... 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

Tasting

Spice

by Tim Atkin

Spice

Tasting is an inexact science. Conveying aromas and flavours in words is akin to trying to describe a beautiful piece of music or a great painting: almost impossible. That's why tasters resort to... Read more

Regions

Barossa Valley

by Tim Atkin

Barossa Valley

The first time I visited the Barossa Valley in South Australia, someone gave me a cassette. (It was so long ago, that iTunes didn’t exist.) The music was a collection of oompah classics recorded by... 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