The Proust Questionnaire: Tim Atkin MW

Tim Atkin MW is an award-winning wine writer, TV personality and photographer. He lives in London with his wife Sue.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Great food and wine, great music, close friends.

What is your greatest fear? 

To be inactive because of illness.

Who do you most admire?

It’s not an original response, but Nelson Mandela.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Wine, black-and-white photography, shirts.

What is your current state of mind? 
Positive. I’m a glass (or preferably bottle) half full kind of guy.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? 

Intuition.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I’m going to make a list.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife.

When and where were you happiest?

Avignon in 1982. And here, right now.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To play the piano like Keith Jarrett.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To be more patient.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Earning a good living as a freelance journalist for more than 20 years.

Where would you most like to live?

London or New York. I love big cities.

What is your most treasured possession?

A black-and-white photo by Josef Koudelka.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Energy.

Who are your favorite writers?

Marcel Proust, Philip Larkin, Michael Frayn, Rose Tremain, WH Auden, William Shakespeare, Gustave Flaubert, John Updike, F Scott Fitzgerald and Joseph Heller among others.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Holden Caulfield.

What is it that you most dislike?

The London transport system is right up there, but I most dislike anyone who uses violence to settle disagreements.

What is your greatest regret?

That I didn’t learn to read music as a child.

What is your motto?

Life is not a dress rehearsal.

Who would be your ideal dinner party guests and what wines would you serve them?

William Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker and Henri Cartier-Bresson. It would have to be fine Burgundy, Montrachet and Chambertin perhaps, but who’s paying?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

More Proust Questionnaires

Proust Q&A: Mo Ayoub

Mo Ayoub, winemaker of Oregon's Ayoub Wines chats to dbHK about his fears, his more...

The Proust Q&A: Daniel Pi

The chief winemaker of Trapiche in Mendoza on the importance of perseverance, more...

The Proust Q&A: Christian Seely

AXA Millésimes managing director Christian Seely on his fears, loves and hates more...

The Proust Questionnaire: André van Rensburg

Vergelegen winemaker André van Rensburg on his loves – from Château d'Yquem more...

The Proust Questionnaire: Michel Chapoutier

Biodynamic trailblazer Michel Chapoutier on his love of love, fear of more...

The Proust Questionnaire: Brent Marris

New Zealand wine pioneer Brent Marris on his admiration for Bart Simpson, fear more...

The Proust Questionnaire: Nicolas Joly

Biodynamic wizard Nicolas Joly talks of his dislike of fiction, awaiting the more...

The Proust Questionnaire: Max Riedel

Vienna-born, New York-based Maximilian Riedel of the Riedel glassware dynasty more...

The Proust Questionnaire: Chester Osborn

This week, the gregarious chief winemaker of d'Arenberg Chester Osborn talks of more...

The Proust Questionnaire: Randall Grahm

This week, the original Rhône Ranger Randall Grahm talks of his admiration for more...

Subscribe to our newsletters

Events Sales Executive

The Drinks Business
Central London, UK

Sale & Operations Manager

Marussia Beverages
Marylebone, London, UK

Prestige Account Manager – Europe

Jackson Family Wines
London, UK

Sales Executive

MAISON SASSY
London, GB

Head of Supplier Management - Group

Matthew Clark
London and Bristol, UK

Brand Manager – Whisky

ATOM Brands
Tunbridge Wells, UK

Brand Manager - Gin

ATOM Brands
Tunbridge Wells, UK

International Business Development Assistant

iDealwine
Paris, France with frequent trips to London office

Events Assistant

Speciality Drinks
London, UK

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2018

VinoVision Paris

Paris,France
12th Feb 2018

Vinisud

Montpellier,France
18th Feb 2018
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more