Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

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. 

12th Dec 2012

Fiano with Dave Brubeck's Take Five

RIP Dave Brubeck. This was one of the first pieces of jazz music I ever listened to and it still has me tapping my feet. To go with it, I want something refreshing and not too complicated, but with bags of easy-going appeal. That's why I've chosen this value-for-money Fiano from Campania.