Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

CorkTalk - Wine for Beginners

Tasting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regions

Stellenbosch

by Tim Atkin

Stellenbosch

With its Cape Dutch architecture, mountain-fringed setting, famous university and a line-up of wineries that reads like a who’s who of the South African industry, Stellenbosch is one of the... 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

Soils

A wine lover's guide to vineyard soils

by Tom Stevenson

A wine lover's guide to vineyard soils

SOILTopsoil is of primary importance to the vine because it supports most of its root system, including most of the feeding network. Subsoil always remains geologically true. Main roots penetrate... Read more