Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

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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

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

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

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

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

Regions

Marlborough

by Tim Atkin

Marlborough

The 24th of August 1973 was a significant date in the history of New Zealand. It was equally significant in the history of wine. If that sounds a little over-dramatic – the equivalent of a... Read more

Grapes

Grenache

by Tim Atkin

Grenache

Jacques Reynaud, the late owner of Château Rayas, was notorious for playing tricks on journalists. A friend of mine once told me a story about turning up for a pre-arranged tasting to find the... 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

Wine Investment

The ten things you need to know about wine investment

by Jim Budd

The ten things you need to know about wine investment

Over the past 20 years investors have lost in excess of £250 million to drinks investment and associated scams. Here are ten gold rules to help you avoid giving your valuable savings to a fraudster.... Read more