Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

5th Jun 2013

Pink Martini's Amado Mio with Simply Garnacha Rosé

Pink Martini and a summer rosé is my kind of match. I love the sultry tones of China Forbes' voice (I'm secretly in love with her, like most male Pink Martini fans) and this is a great value Spanish rosado from Tesco to sip while you listen: strawberry, rosehip and cherry flavours and tangy acidity. A bargain at £4.59. 

14th May 2013

Cherry Ghost's Thirst For Romance

I'm not sure why Cherry Ghost aren't better known. I love the energy of Thirst for Romance and the line about demons dancing across factory floors. To stay with the demonic theme, how about a glass of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile (£5.99 at Tesco), still one of the best value reds from South America?

30th Mar 2013

2008 GB Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero and Martin Speake

Martin Speake is one of my favourite modern jazz saxophonists. I love the mellowness of his tone. Here he is playing "When your lover has gone", which I'm listening to with a glass of fragrant, leafy, yet surprisingly supple  2008 GB Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero (£28, The Wine Society) in my hand. It's spring rather than more Barolo-friendly autumn right now, but who cares? This lifts my mood, despite the rather gloomy song title. 

8th Feb 2013

You Send Me by Kurt Elling with Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir

It's always great to catch up with winemakers who love music. I hadn't heard of jazz singer Kurt Elling until Michael Hill-Smith MW told me about him over a glass of wine. So what better match with such a great voice than the sultry, perfumed 2010 Pinot Noir (£26.50, Wine Direct) from this Adelaide Hills-based winery, the best release yet from S&S?