Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

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? 

9th Dec 2014

Mid Air by Paul Buchanan

This is a beautiful, haunting tune by one of my favourite singers of all time. I love its deceptively simple melody and piano accompinament and the way Paul Buchanan conveys emotion. What would I drink with this? How about this elegant, strikingly transparent Chinon from Domaine de la Noblaie? 

16th Jul 2014

Cesaria Evora's Besame Mucho with Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir

I was lucky enough to see the great Cape Verde singer, Cesaria Evora, live in London once, complete with a cigarette permanently on the go (her, not me). What a rich, sultry voice. I'm not sure what the wines are like on Cape Verde, but I'd drink this with something suitably sensuous, like the wonderful 2012 Mount Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir (£25.99, Waitrose)

28th Apr 2014

Donny Hathaway's A Song For You with Mac Forbes Pinot Noir

My friend and fellow wine writer Max Allen introduced me to the music of Donny Hathaway on a drive from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley. Not sure how I'd managed to miss out on his solo career. So sticking with the Yarra theme, I've been listening to this while drinking a bottle of the refined 2011 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir from Waitrose. Max and Mac, thanks for a great day.