Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

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. 

21st Apr 2014

Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Coconova Brut

I don't hold out much hope for England's chances at this year's World Cup, but at least we can enjoy the atmosphere from the this side of the Atlantic. To get you in the mood, how about a bit of classic Brazilian music with a bottle of fizz from Miolo, one of the country's best producers? The Coconova Brut is available from Marks & Spencer at £8.99.