Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

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. 

14th Jun 2015

Waiting around to die by the Be Good Tanyas with Norm Hardie's Pinot Noir

I have my good friend Chris Porter to thank for introducing me to the Be Good Tanyas. Not the most cheerful subject matter (it's about an execution), but I love the arrangement, especially that banjo, the husky lead vocal and the harmonies. As the trio comes from Canada, I'd partner it with the 2012 Norman Hardie Unfiltered Pinot Noir, Price Edward County (£23, 11.5%, The Wine Society

19th Apr 2015

The Shape of My Heart and 2008 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino

I was lucky enough to get a ticket to see Sting and Paul Simon play together in London last week. Sting played this song and I'd forgotten how beautiful it is. But what to serve with it? Something English (a pint of Newscastle Brown Ale perhaps), something from New York State or a Tuscan red to celebrate Sting's association with the region? I reckon it's got to be the last of the trio. So how about the 2008 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino, a wine from an under-rated vintage which is tasting beautifully right now?