Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

25th Jul 2013

John Martyn with Old Vines Grenache Noir

I like to think that John Martyn, one of my favourite singer song writers, would have enjoyed a glass of burly, growling 2012 Old Vines Grenache Noir (£8.99, Marks & Spencer), even if spirits were more his thing. Here he is singing one of my all-time favourite songs. May you never lose your temper...

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.