Posted 13th Apr 2014
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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 Barbaresco, the Rhône, Washington State, Argentina and the excellent 2012 Burgundy vintage. There are also regular columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster), Matt Walls, Henry Jeffreys and Robert Joseph. Tim Atkin MW
Posted 14th Apr 2014
I always find it strange how fortified wines – Sherry, Port and Madeira – are so often portrayed as drinks for vicars and old ladies. The reality is these are drinks for hardcore hedonists. Not because they have (slightly) elevated levels of alcohol, but because the best possess an uncompromising intensity, a thrillingly unique spectrum of flavours and mind-bending levels of complexity. This is particularly true of madeira (madeira is a fortified wine from the Portuguese island of Madeira – a brief intro here). If I gave my ageing granny a glass of 1971 D’Oliveiras...
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The older I get, the more I want to drink refreshing wines that don't tire my palate, which may explain why I'm drinking more and more Beaujolais. This is Gamay and its gluggable, lip-smacking best, with juicy red berry and bramble fruit, bright acidity and supple tannins. Chiil it before serving and see how versatile it is with food.
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.
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