Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 26th May 2018

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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 on Rioja, the Rhône, South Africa, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Argentina, Chile, Brunello, Washington State, Napa and Oregon. There are also regular columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster of Wine), Matt Walls, Christy Canterbury MW and Celia Bryan-Brown. Tim Atkin MW

 

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What have wine critics ever done for us?
by Peter Pharos

Posted 26th May 2018

Wine is a many-maligned thing. The punters are snobs and bores; the servers are sycophants or stuck-up; the vendors dress the emperor in the finest invisible silk. None, however, is more deserving of scorn than the critic: depending on who you ask, s/he is either fabulist-in-chief or the eunuch in the winemaker’s harem [1]. Perhaps unsurprisingly for this era of tired reboots, the prix-fixe menu of critic clichés was infamously thrown together the other day by Naked Wines, the self-styled revolutionary with a very establishmentarian backing, the wine trade’s equivalent of the Bad Boys of Brexit. So used to thanklessness is the critic, that...

Wine of the Week

2015 Boutinot Les Six, Cairanne, Rhône Valley

(£12.99, 14.5%, D. Byrne)

Made with six different varieties - nothing compared with Châteuneuf-du-Pape's 14, but still quite a large number - this is a superb, modern, Grenache-dominated Cairanne, which carries its comparatlvely high alcohol lightly, thanks to the structure and acidity of the 2015 vintage. Spicy tapenade and wild herb aromas segue into a smooth, deftly oaked palate with very fine tannins and a core of sweet, tarry blackberry and blueberry fruit. Outstanding value. 

93 points

 

About Tim

I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 33 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including Harpers, DecanterThe World of Fine WineGourmet Traveller Wine, The Drinks Business and Imbibe 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 30 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 Online Drink Writer of the Year, the 2014 Louis Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award, the 2013 and 2011 Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year and the 2011 Born Digital Awards for Best Editorial Content.

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