Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

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Restaurants & Bars

Top UK Wine Bars

by Matt Walls

Top UK Wine Bars

Over the past ten years, a new wave of modern wine bars has risen in London and since spread around the UK. Whether you’re a seasoned drinker or just starting to explore, there’s no better place... Read more

Tasting

Minerals

by Tim Atkin

Minerals

Can wine taste of the soil? The French, who set great store by such things, are always going on about 'le goût de terroir'. They mean this quite literally on occasion. I once visited a winemaker... 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

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

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

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

Grapes

Riesling

by Tim Atkin

Riesling

A wine merchant friend of mine likes to play an innocuous trick on members of the public. When novice punters come up to him at tastings and ask for a glass of Chardonnay, he pours them a Riesling... 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

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