Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Music & Wine

3rd Oct 2012

Ravel with Le Passé Authentique Saint- Mont

I'm a great fan of Ravel's haunting piano music, especially this Pavane. What better wine to drink it with than something quintetssentially French: a tangy, complex, south-western blend of three unusual grapes from the brilliant Plaimont co-operative in Gascony, called Le Passé Authentique?

27th Sep 2012

Le Petit Roy 11ème année and Heaven by Gretchen Peters

Devastated by the death of the wonderful Patrick Sandeman this week. It's been a very sad week for everyone in the UK wine trade. As a tribute to Patrick's memory, here's the brilliant Gretchen Peters singing Heaven. Drinking a declassified Châteauneuf du Pape from Domaine Jean Royer (£12.25, Lea & Sandeman) to go with it. RIP, Patrick. 

19th Sep 2012

Bellingham Old Vine Chenin and Abdullah Ibrahim

Feeling in a mellow mood today. So what better than the great South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim playing Ocean and the River with a glass of the heavenly Bellingham Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc from the Western Cape? Let the music wash over you as you sip the wine. 

12th Sep 2012

Graillot Crozes with Boris Vian

I'm a huge fan of Alain Graillot's red Crozes, but the white blend, made from Marsanne and Roussanne, is every bit as delicious. I'm enjoying a glass of this while listening to the French jazzman and novelist, Boris Vian, singing Je Bois. Great lyrics, too. Systématiquement, indeed.