Posted 21st Apr 2014
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 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...
Wine of the Week
(£11.75, 12.5%, Oddbins)
Filipa Pato is one of the most dynamic winemakers in Portugal right now, crafting wines that are every bit as good as those of her father, Luis, albeit in a different, more modern style. This blend of Arinto and Bical, this is tangy, sappy and refreshing, showing the Atlantic influence that colours the wines of Portugal's coastline and flavours of fresh herbs and citrus fruit. Just the thing to drink with a seafood platter, especially if you're in Portugal.
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.