Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

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? 

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)