Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 1st Sep 2014

News from Tim

News from Tim

Welcome to timatkin.com. I hope you like the site and find lots to read and enjoy, especially the in-depth reports we've published in the last few months on Oregon, South Africa, 2009 Brunello, Washington State, Argentina, 2012 Burgundy, 2012 Rhône and 2013 Bordeaux. There are also columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster), Matt Walls and Robert Joseph. Tim Atkin MW

 

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How to become a successful sommelier
by Ron Washam

Posted 1st Sep 2014

Having the letters MS after your name doesn’t mean you’re a sommelier. A sommelier works in a restaurant. From the several dozen I’ve met, judging by their occupations, I was pretty sure MS stood for Master Shill. I, also, have letters after my name — letters I awarded myself for my particularly vast knowledge of wine, and who better to recognize that vast knowledge than me? — but the letters HMW are often misunderstood. Most people assume HMW stands for HoseMaster of Wine. I can understand the confusion. But, in fact, they stand for His Majesty of Wine. It’s only my humility that keeps me from pointing it out more often. Though I’ll thank you all to address me properly in the future. It’s a bit pretentious,...

Wine of the Week

NV Wiston, Cuvée Brut, South Downs

(£25, 12%, Corney & Barrow)

A cuvée of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay made on the South Downs by Irish winemaker, Dermot Sugrue, this is a complex, toasty, savoury fizz with fine bubbles, lots of yeasty, bready autolysis and a bone dry, tapering finish. A winery that deserves to be every bit as famous as Nyetimber, Camel Valley and Ridgeview. 

92 points

 

About Tim

I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 28 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Intelligent Life, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Wine-Searcher, Fine Drink (China) and Woman and Home, appear regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 25 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.

Awards and recognition

Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year 2011 and the Born Digital Award for Best Editorial ContentThis site is the winner of the 2014 Fortnum & Mason On Line Drink Writer of the Year, 2013 and 2011 Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year and the 2011 Born Digital Awards for Best Editorial Content.

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