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Having Fun With Wine

by Tim Atkin

At first sight, it looked like a PR disaster. Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, was filmed falling off a paddleboard into Lake Windermere five times. He’s a...

A Natural High

by Barnaby Eales

In the Azorean psyche lies a shared history of inhabiting a place shaped by lava flows and volcanic eruptions. There is also the constant threat of earthquakes and storms, which...

A Wine Time Capsule

by Charlie Leary

In October 1972, New York magazine published a special issue on wine called the “Whole Grape Catalogue.” Noting that “the past few months have seen enormous growth in the New...

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Drink Promiscuously

by Cong Cong Bo

It bothers me that wine drinkers frequently choose wine based on colour, or indeed dismiss those of the “wrong” colour. I have encountered this discrimination most overtly in the rosé...

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A Fruity Number

by Tim Atkin

I know we’ve just come through the silly season, when tales of killer chipmunks and dolphin sign language deputise for what’s normally classed as news in the British media, but...

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Back to the future

by Simon Woolf

Fine wines are timeless – that elusive combination of elegance, complexity and gravitas, plus ageing potential in spades. Their prices unfortunately are not. Top rank Bordeaux, Burgundy or mature Barolos...

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Future Forward

by Celia Bryan-Brown

What we’ll be drinking in 2029 In my grandmother’s kitchen there’s a cover of The Sunday Times Magazine stuck on one of the cupboards. It’s the final edition from 2009,...

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Collecting Flavour

by Tom Hewson

Every trade has its sartorial call-signs. The wine trade plays host to the fraternity-of-the-red-trouser, its membership made up of legs that appear to have filled, loafer-to-belt, with decades of luncheon...

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Buon Viaggio

People can be so virtuous when it comes to the appropriate amount of luggage to pack for an overseas trip. I was packing for a six-week wine journey through Italy...

Wine of the Week

2022 Ken Forrester Wines The Misfits Cinsault, Western Cape

( £10, 13%, Tesco )

Ken Forrester is best known as one of the Cape’s most famous Chenin Blanc producers, but he produces some very decent reds, too. This is made from Cinsault, one of the parents of local Pinotage but also gaining a following in its own right. Think of it as a South...

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2022 Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhône White, Rhône Valley

( £9, 12.5%, Sainbury's )

Who needs to age a white wine in oak when it has as much flavour as this southern Rhône blend of Grenache Blanc, 20% Viognier, 12% Roussanne and 10% Marsanne? Honeysuckle, jasmine and ginger aromas segue into a palate that’s light, zesty and refreshing, with peach, lemongrass and wild mountain...

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2021 M&S Collection Ebenezer & Seppeltsfield Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley

( £14, 14.5%, Marks & Spencer )

The kind of thing that made me fall in love with Australian wine back in the 1980s, this is a classy, full-bodied Barossa Valley Shiraz from the Langmeil winery. Combining grapes from two vineyards, Ebenezer and Seppeltsfield, on different soil types, it has plenty of texture, structure and concentration, blackberry,...

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Tim's Photography

Tim is a largely self-taught photographer whose camera accompanies him on his many journeys across the world. His photographs have been featured in the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and many of the leading wine titles, and provide the vivid backdrop to his Wine Reports. Three of his images were shortlisted for the 2024 Pink Lady Photography Awards. For more information about his work, please contact info@timatkin.com

Awards and Recognition for TimAtkin.com

  • 2020 Louis Roederer Columnist of the Year
  • 2018 Louis Roederer Online Communicator of the Year
  • 2015 Fortnum & Mason Online Drink Writer of the Year
  • 2013 and 2011 Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year
  • 2011 Born Digital Awards for Best Editorial Content