Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

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. 

10th Feb 2014

Bruce Springsteen and 2011 Botanica Chenin Blanc

I was lucky enough to see Bruce Springsteen on the first night of my recent visit to South Africa. It was the first time the Boss had played in the country in years and a great, high-octane gig. This the title track from his new album. What better to drink with it than a glass of 2011 Botanica Chenin Blanc (£14.95, The Wine Society), an amazing old vine white from a vineyard in Citrusdal, with subtle oak and pithy minerality. It's made by an American, too.