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Like poetry and punk at once! A stunning, light, vivid red wine that’s perfect parts structured, spicy and beautifully perfumed with red berry fruits and a hint of spice. Enormous vivacity and utterly drinkable cinsault from team @brashhiggins Cins by...
People have long turned to myriad sources as consolation for the thorny task of being human. From poetry and painting to music and sculpture, the arts are filled with expressions of humanity to soften misfortune and comfort the suffering. Literature...
I feel a simultaneous sense of pride and pleasure at seeing a new edition of The World of Fine Wine. This issue is the annual Burgundy edition. As the rest of the edition asks such questions as ‘Is this the Golden...
I am thrilled to announce that I am now a columnist for Jancis Robinson. Beginning today, I will be writing a regular column titled ‘Andrea’s salon’. The column, which will appear bimonthly on JancisRobinson.com, is named after the famous French...
Why more people don’t like Riesling has baffled wine minds and Riesling champions for decades. And not just baffled, but broken hearts, tested wills and challenged the intellects of those who love the variety. No matter how many conferences, seminars...
This week I am off to Queenstown for the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration. As well as tasting pinot noirs from 34 Central Otago wineries at The Grand Tasting, a formal masterclass on Oregon pinot noir and several winery visits...
I nearly didn’t taste it, but it was the surprise wine of the night. It was August this year and I had recently arrived in London on one of my semi-regular ‘sensory sabbaticals’ — an extended trip abroad in which...
Wine Crush
God was sitting on one side of the boardroom table with his back against the window when a man walked in and introduced himself as Kevin from the Innovation Department. “Very well, let’s get on with this. I still need...

Signing Off

15 December 2017 | by
After almost three years, 25 columns and more than 30,000 words, I’m sad to say, I’m getting off here; this is my final column for timatkin.com. The decision has not come easily. I’ve loved writing the column and learnt a lot...

Kissing Frogs

29 September 2017 | by
It has been said that to understand wine one must kiss a lot of frogs; that is, taste a lot of ordinary wine to recognise the great. Notwithstanding the whiff of myth infused to entice novices into tasting the dull...