Posted 5th Mar 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 two 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 and Robert Joseph. Tim Atkin MW
Posted 7th Mar 2014
If any man deserved the epithet,
a legend in his own lunchtime, it was Keith Waterhouse. You probably remember
him for his plays Billy Liar, made
into a film with Julie Christie and Tom Courtenay, and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell but his lunching exploits are equally
worth celebrating. His work day consisted of rising at 6am, reading all the
papers, writing his Daily Mail column followed by lunch that went on until the
evening. He wrote a non-fiction work, The
Theory and the Practice of Lunch:
“Whether they know it or not, for as long as they linger in
the restaurant they are having an affair. The affair is lunch.”
His 1988 novel Our Song about a...
Wine of the Week
(£16, 14, Oddbins)
If you'd rather drink Piat d'Or than most Pinotage, this off-beat example from the Franschhoek Valley might change your mind about this controversial South Africa grape. Gottfried Mocke's red is made in an unusual (unique for the Cape?) style that uses the ripasso technique of refrementing the wine on its skins and it's brilliant, with flavours of plum, spice and mulberry, subtle oak and just the right amount of tannin for backbone.
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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