Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Read these special reports to get the inside track on some of the world's most important wine regions. I've walked the vineyards, talked to the producers and tasted the wines to provide you with unique advice and insights.

2nd Jul 2014

2014 South Africa Special Report

South Africa is currently one the most exciting and dynamic wine-producing countries in the world. Old vines, pioneering winemakers and regions both new and rediscovered: the Cape has it all. Meet the newcomers, the classics and the stars of the future in my 100 page special report. Including: 350 tasting notes for wines over 92 points, with varietal... Read more

21st May 2014

2009 Brunello di Montalcino Special Report

Brunello di Montalcino makes some of Italy's finest and most expensive wines. But the quality, price and style of what is produced in this beautiful corner of Tuscany vary widely, especially in a warm year like 2009. At its best, this is a good to very good vintage that has produced wines for comparatively early drinking in a ripe, accessible style. The 2008 Riservas, meanwhile, are more... Read more

1st May 2014

2013 Bordeaux Special Report

The 2013 Bordeaux vintage was the worst of the last decade, affected by rot, rain and under-ripeness. But such is the quality of winemaking at the top châteaux these days (and the rigour of the selection process in the vineyard and winery) that the best producers still made some good wines. Bordeaux has come a long way since its last awful vintage in 1992. Obviously, 2013 is not as... Read more

29th Jan 2014

2012 Burgundy Special Report

“Very happy with the quality, less so with the quantity.” Eric Rousseau’s description of the 2012 Burgundy vintage is succinct and largely correct. This was one of the smallest vintages on record, especially in the Côte de Beaune, but the top wines are very special indeed and are right up there with the best of 2005, 2009 and 2010. As ever, however, it... Read more

20th Jan 2014

2014 Argentina Special Report

This is my second report on Argentina’s vibrant wine industry. It’s twice the length and, I believe, more than twice as useful as my September 2012 report. I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind and this report is no exception. It’s an informed, in-depth overview based on more than 20 years of visits to Argentina, including a two-week trip at the end of 2013. There are... Read more

8th Jan 2014

2014 Washington State Special Report

Washington State’s evolution from “vinous backwater” to the second largest, quality wine producing US state has taken four decades. Yet, Washington’s wine journey has only just begun. AVAs, grape varieties and elevations are better understood with each passing vintage, and more young blood and fresh talent flow into this near-desert wine country every year.Washington offers a... Read more

7th Dec 2013

2012 Rhône Special Report

The 2012 vintage proved difficult throughout much of France, but one region that came out smiling was the Rhône. On the whole it fared better than in 2011, and although the wines rarely hit the heights of the 2009s and 2010s, some excellent wines were produced and they will be ready to drink sooner. If you’re considering buying any 2012 Rhônes either now or in the future, this... Read more

2nd Nov 2013

2013 Barbaresco Special Report

Barbaresco has long lived in the shadow of Barolo, its more famous twin, but thanks to the hard work of two generations of vintners, and some excellent terroir, it is finally emerging as one of Italy’s most consistent and exciting wines.In this 12,000-word overview of Barbaresco, the most comprehensive ever published in English, Wojciech Bonkowski looks at the latest – excellent –... Read more

3rd Jun 2013

2013 South Africa Special Report

South Africa is currently the most exciting wine-producing country in the Southern Hemisphere, thanks to a combination of old vines, young winemakers and new thinking. I've been visiting the Cape on a regular basis since 1990, but this is the first time I've written an in-depth report on the local wine industry, running to more than 22,000 words of insight and opinion.It includes:... Read more

2nd May 2013

2012 Bordeaux Special Report

The 2012 Bordeaux vintage was one of the most difficult of the last decade, but such is the quality of winemaking at the top châteaux these days (and the rigour of the selection process in the vineyard and winery) that the best producers still made good wines. 2012 is not as exciting as 2009 and 2010, nor even as consistent as 2011, but it contains pockets of excellence, most... Read more



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