Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 28th May 2015

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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 on 2014 Bordeaux, 2013 Burgundy and Rhône, Argentina, South Africa, Brunello, Washington State, Napa and Oregon. There are also monthly columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster of Wine), Matt Walls and Andrea Frost. Tim Atkin MW


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The Unexamined Wine
by Andrea Frost

Posted 25th May 2015

Sometimes the simplest statements have the most complex meanings, while other times they mean exactly what they say. Many statements about wine and life still baffle me no matter how long I ponder them. One I often flounder over is the seemingly simple “If you like a wine, then it’s a good wine”. I find this about as helpful as being told to “Just do what makes you happy” when asking for advice on living a self-determined and fulfilling life. That’s it? A good wine is the one I like, and the key to life is to do what makes me happy? Both proclamations would be far more compelling if wine and life weren’t the subjects of so much talk, angst...

Wine of the Week

2011 Finca Carelio Tempranillo, Castilla y León

(£6.66, 14.5%, Majestic)

If I were tasting this blind, I'd put it in Ribera del Duero, rather than the hotter Castilla y León region, such is its freshness and perfume. There's quite a bit of oak on offer here, but it's more than balanced by fruit weight and acidity. The tannins are extremely smooth for a wine at this price, complemented by notes of bramble and blackberry, subtle vanilla sweetness and a cool, almost grassy finish. 

89 points


About Tim

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

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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