Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

2nd Apr 2018

David Ramirez's Find the Light with Quetzal Malbec

David Ramirez was my great discoverey of last year and I've been lucky enough to see him twice already in 2018 He's one of the most soulful, gut-twistingly honest singer songwriters around. What to serve with this beautiful song, written as a poem to his mother? Well, given that she's Mexican - and the link is a bit cheesy, I know - how about this tasty LA Cetto Malbec, which proves that Central America can make very acceptable examples of Argentina's signature grape. At £9.00 from Marks & Spencer, it will do very nicely. Enjoy, Mr Ramirez. 

11th Oct 2016

Mark Wilkinson singing Love High

Sorry for the absence of wine and music matches over the last few months, but I hope this makes up for it. I saw Mark play this summer in London and he is a fantastic singer songwriter. He's from Australia - though someone told me he was born in the UK - so how about a sneaky glass of the crisp, sappy, lime-scented 2015 Tesco finest* Riesling (£8, 12%) to go with Love High? 

24th May 2016

You Go To My Head and 1998 Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs

I've only recently discovered the late Chet Baker's voice - I always thought he was just a trumpet player - and this is just delightful. Given that he talks about bubbles in the song, albeit in Champagne rather than a sparkling wine from elsewhere, I just had to choose a fizz. This mature stunner is probably the best English sparkling wine I've ever tasted. And all yours for £39.20 from Lay & Wheeler

18th Feb 2016

Rodrigo and Gabriela with 2014 Santa Julia Reserve Tempranillo

OK, Rodrigo and Gabriela are Mexican, rather than Argentinean, but there's something about this amazing guitar duo that makes me want to drink a red from the Uco Valley. This is a lightly oaked Tempranillo with notes of violets and red berries and the freshness and focus that characterise everything that comes out of the Zuccardis' cellar. £10 from Sainsbury's.