Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

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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

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

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

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The Douro Valley

by Tim Atkin

The Douro Valley

If you’re fond of trains, the 110 mile trip from Oporto to Pocinho, close to the Spanish border, is one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world. For the first hour or so, you’d... Read more

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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

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Central Otago

by Tim Atkin

Central Otago

What would persuade anyone to throw themselves off a bridge, 43 metres above a tumbling torrent of cold water with a cord around their ankles? You can imagine the raised eyebrows in the pubs of... Read more

Grapes

Sangiovese

by Tim Atkin

Sangiovese

‘Welcome to the home of the fiasco,’ said the sharply suited Italian. Strange things have happened to me in wineries over the years – my favourite was a board outside a mock Napa Valley... Read more

Tasting

Cat's pee

by Tim Atkin

Cat's pee

Scatological tasting terms are comparatively rare in wine. Fearful of offending their readers’ sensibilities, writers tend to employ euphemisms: farmyard, cheesy, goaty, vegetal, rustic or sweaty.... Read more

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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