Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

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? 

13th Jan 2013

Neil Finn with Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc

I'm getting ready to fly to New Zealand for a Pinot Noir Conference in a week's time, so my latest music and wine choice has a Kiwi theme. Neil Finn's Any Time doesn's sound like a very cheerful song on first listening, but I think it's an invitation to seize the day. What better way to celebrate life than with a glass of 2012 Dog Point Sauvignon, one of my favourite Marlborough whites? Two Kiwis in perfect harmony. 

4th Jan 2013

Madredeus Ao Longe O Mar with Valle Pradinhos Branco

I've never met anyone outside Portugal who likes Madredeus (maybe I'm just mixing in the wrong circles), so I hope a mention here will inspire a few of you to give them a listen. I've matched it with one of my favourite Portuguese whites: both light and slightly ethereal with a hint of the sea about them. 

26th Dec 2012

Eric Bibb and Vega Ariana Rioja

I was lucky enough to hear Eric Bibb play live earlier this year. This is a wonderful recording of the great blues singer's version of Needed Time. It's so catchy (I can't stop my foot tapping) that I want to match it with a glass of something really joyful and quaffable, like the ultra reliable Vega Ariana Rioja from Waitrose.