Posted 9th Dec 2013
News from Tim
Welcome to timatkin.com. I hope you like the site and find lots to read and enjoy. I'm delighted that timatkin.com has been named International Wine Website of the year in the 2013 Louis Roederer Awards, the second time it has won in three years. A huge thank you to all my wonderful contributors and to you, the readers. There's much more to come in 2014. Tim Atkin MW
Posted 2nd Dec 2013
I don’t really want much for myself this Christmas. Oh, I guess there are a lot of material things that part of me craves. I was thinking I could really use a Coravin. I like using needles to enhance pleasure. Who doesn’t? All the wine junkies want one. I hope they remember to sterilize the tip with a match before they stick it in, just like if you were dating a Kardashian. A Coravin is like acupuncture for wine bottles. Slide the needle in, and not long after you feel relaxed. Wine and acupuncture — it’s all about the points! I think it’s cool that they’re finally using all this advanced medical technology to make something genuinely important and useful, like gizmos for wine boors. Maybe one day...
Wine of the Week
(£17.95, 13%, Lea & Sandeman)
If you're bored of identikit Kiwi Sauvignons that taste as if they've emerged from the same enormous tank farm, this complex, Loire Valley-like example from one of Central Otago's best producers will come as a pleasant respite. The estate is much better known for its superlative Pinot Noirs, but this biodynamic white deserves to be (almost) as famous. Fermented in old oak barrels, it has a mealy undertone to set alongside the flavours of lime, cream, grapefruit and gooseberry. It's a very subtle number that wouldn't look out of place in Sancerre, thanks to its chalky, palate-tingling freshness.
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
This site is the winner of the Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year 2013 and 2011 and the Born Digital Award for Best Editorial Content.
Read about Tim’s own awards.