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.

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

19th Apr 2013

Napa Mountain Wines Report

Many of Napa Valley’s best-known bottlings come from fruit grown on the valley floor, and it is certainly those ripe and succulent wines that epitomize the Napa wine style. However, above the fog and the inversion layer hovering over the valley, mountain vineyards produce markedly different wines. They favor minerality over fruit flamboyance, and their structure is taut and focused rather... Read more

14th Mar 2013

2013 Brunello 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. My report will help you to identify the best 140 wines from over 280 samples I tasted at every price level in Montalcino, where I spent a week in February, and... Read more

11th Feb 2013

My Top 50 New Zealand Pinot Noirs

I've just returned from a two week trip to New Zealand, where I attended the 2013 NZ Pinot Noir Conference in Wellington. My conclusions? The quality of the Pinots is increasing exponentially and the 2010 vintage is one of the best in the country's history. I'll be publishing a full Pinot Report on May 23rd, priced at £10, but in the mean time, here is a free list of my 50... Read more

11th Feb 2013

25 Burgundy estates to watch

Most people agree on the top estates in Burgundy (they're generally the ones that are expensive and on allocation). But what about the estates to watch, the superstars of tomorrow? This is my free, downloadable list of 25 up-and-coming producers. To download it, just enter your name and... Read more

23rd Jan 2013

2011 Burgundy Special Report

As many of you will know, the vintage was a tricky one all over France, not least in Burgundy, but it has still produced some very good wines, thanks to careful selection in the vineyard and good winemaking. This is a charming year that will appeal to Burgundy lovers. As ever, however, it is difficult to pick a path through the world’s most complex wine region. My report will help... Read more

23rd Sep 2012

2012 Argentina Special Report

Argentina is making better wines today than at any point in its history, but the southern hemisphere’s biggest producer is at a crossroads. Should it embrace greater elegance or continue to make plush, oaky, crowd-pleasing reds? Which are the best producers and wines? And what is Argentina’s most successful style? Malbecs or reds blends? And what about its white wines? Do they deserve... Read more



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