Posted 10th 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 10th Mar 2014
The UK is a nation of bargain hunters. There are more pound shops on Britain’s high streets than bookstores. When it comes to wine we’re no different; most of what we buy is on promotion. We may outwardly assert to the omniscient boffin on the Antiques Roadshow that of course we’d never sell great aunt Millie’s favourite elephant sculpture, it means far too much to us... but the cackling David Dickenson on our shoulder...
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.
Read about Tim’s own awards.