Tim McKirdy

Tim McKirdy is a Buenos Aires based food and drinks writer, with a background in classical French cooking and Argentine wine. After years spent working in some of London's top kitchens, Tim can now be found trying to perfect the art of cooking meat over fire with a glass of red in hand
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How to Pair Argentinian Malbec With Fish, Meat and Pasta How to Pair Argentinian Malbec With Fish, Meat and Pasta How to Pair Argentinian Malbec With Fish, Meat and Pasta How to Pair Argentinian Malbec With Fish, Meat and Pasta

How to Pair Argentinian Malbec With Fish, Meat and Pasta


Malbec’s mild tannins are a great match to grilled, thick-fleshed fish. Malbec also pairs perfectly with rich tomato sauce-based pasta...

Here's the Difference Between Wine Grapes and Table Grapes Here's the Difference Between Wine Grapes and Table Grapes Here's the Difference Between Wine Grapes and Table Grapes Here's the Difference Between Wine Grapes and Table Grapes

Here's the Difference Between Wine Grapes and Table Grapes


Wine grapes are smaller with large, hard seeds for the production of tannin while table grapes are large with small seeds for added juice...

From Pigeage to Carbonic: The Process of Maceration From Pigeage to Carbonic: The Process of Maceration From Pigeage to Carbonic: The Process of Maceration From Pigeage to Carbonic: The Process of Maceration

From Pigeage to Carbonic: The Process of Maceration


Maceration is the oenological term used to describe the process of extraction from grapes. It can be done before, during or after...

How Pedology and Edaphology Affects Viticulture How Pedology and Edaphology Affects Viticulture How Pedology and Edaphology Affects Viticulture How Pedology and Edaphology Affects Viticulture

How Pedology and Edaphology Affects Viticulture


Pedology and Edaphology are the two divisions that make up the study of soil, otherwise referred to as soil science. Along with climate,...

How Fortified Wine is Made How Fortified Wine is Made How Fortified Wine is Made How Fortified Wine is Made

How Fortified Wine is Made


A fortified wine is a wine that has a higher content of alcohol, or alcohol by volume content (ABV), achieved through the addition of a...

How Terroir Affects Wine How Terroir Affects Wine How Terroir Affects Wine How Terroir Affects Wine

How Terroir Affects Wine


While terroir itself has no defined flavor, its influence can be tasted through different characteristics of a wine such as alcohol,...

Botrytis Cinerea: Friend or Foe? Botrytis Cinerea: Friend or Foe? Botrytis Cinerea: Friend or Foe? Botrytis Cinerea: Friend or Foe?

Botrytis Cinerea: Friend or Foe?


When it comes to viticulture, Botrytis Cinerea is arguably the most important fungus around. Its effect on the quality and quantity of a...

Drying Out: How to Tell When a Wine is 'Over the Hill' Drying Out: How to Tell When a Wine is 'Over the Hill' Drying Out: How to Tell When a Wine is 'Over the Hill' Drying Out: How to Tell When a Wine is 'Over the Hill'

Drying Out: How to Tell When a Wine is 'Over the Hill'


When wines that were produced to be consumed young are aged for too long (exact time period varies depending on the wine, but think 2 - 3...

The 10 Best Wine Shows, Films & Documentaries The 10 Best Wine Shows, Films & Documentaries The 10 Best Wine Shows, Films & Documentaries The 10 Best Wine Shows, Films & Documentaries

The 10 Best Wine Shows, Films & Documentaries


'Somm' documents the journey of four rising sommeliers as they prepare for the daunting Master Sommelier exam to become part of the Court...

T.V. Munson - The Man Who Saved the European Wine Industry T.V. Munson - The Man Who Saved the European Wine Industry T.V. Munson - The Man Who Saved the European Wine Industry T.V. Munson - The Man Who Saved the European Wine Industry

T.V. Munson - The Man Who Saved the European Wine Industry


T.V. Munson was an American viticulturalist who perfected the science of vine grafting, saving the European wine industry after grafting...

Torrontes: Argentina's Only Native Wine Grape Variety Torrontes: Argentina's Only Native Wine Grape Variety Torrontes: Argentina's Only Native Wine Grape Variety Torrontes: Argentina's Only Native Wine Grape Variety

Torrontes: Argentina's Only Native Wine Grape Variety


Of all the varietal wines produced in Argentina, Torrontés is remarkable in that it is a truly native Argentine grape variety. The grape is...

How to Recognize Wine Flaws and Faults How to Recognize Wine Flaws and Faults How to Recognize Wine Flaws and Faults How to Recognize Wine Flaws and Faults

How to Recognize Wine Flaws and Faults


When we use the term oxidized, what we mean to say is that it has been exposed to an exceptional amount of oxygen. An oxidized wine can be...

How Malbec Came to be Argentina's New World Signature Wine How Malbec Came to be Argentina's New World Signature Wine How Malbec Came to be Argentina's New World Signature Wine How Malbec Came to be Argentina's New World Signature Wine

How Malbec Came to be Argentina's New World Signature Wine


It may then come as a surprise to many to learn that Malbec is actually a French grape variety, brought over in the 1800s after The Great...

10 Wine Bottle Sizes You Didn't Know Existed 10 Wine Bottle Sizes You Didn't Know Existed 10 Wine Bottle Sizes You Didn't Know Existed 10 Wine Bottle Sizes You Didn't Know Existed

10 Wine Bottle Sizes You Didn't Know Existed


Wine bottles come in all kinds of different sizes, like the magnum, double magnum, jeroboam, Nebuchadnezzar and the standard 750 ml bottle...

Albert J. Winkler & His Contributions to Viticulture Albert J. Winkler & His Contributions to Viticulture Albert J. Winkler & His Contributions to Viticulture Albert J. Winkler & His Contributions to Viticulture

Albert J. Winkler & His Contributions to Viticulture


Few can claim to have had as profound an impact on modern day viticulture as Albert J. Winkler. He was a horticulturist” and “the father of...

Common Vineyard Pests, Diseases & How to Treat Them Common Vineyard Pests, Diseases & How to Treat Them Common Vineyard Pests, Diseases & How to Treat Them Common Vineyard Pests, Diseases & How to Treat Them

Common Vineyard Pests, Diseases & How to Treat Them


Phylloxera is a microscopic aphid that feeds on the roots of grapevines; it is responsible for the Great French Wine Blight. Also known as...

Wine & the Ancient Roman Empire Wine & the Ancient Roman Empire Wine & the Ancient Roman Empire Wine & the Ancient Roman Empire

Wine & the Ancient Roman Empire


Historical and religious writings reveal that wine existed as far back as Egyptian times, but instead it is the Ancient Romans that we have...

Bienconvino - The Wine Specifically Designed for Food Pairings Bienconvino - The Wine Specifically Designed for Food Pairings Bienconvino - The Wine Specifically Designed for Food Pairings Bienconvino - The Wine Specifically Designed for Food Pairings

Bienconvino - The Wine Specifically Designed for Food Pairings


Bienconvino, which translates into "good with wine", is the brainchild of Argentinian sommeliers Valeria Mortara and Mariana Achavál. This...

Why the 2016 Argentine Harvest was One of the Worst in History Why the 2016 Argentine Harvest was One of the Worst in History Why the 2016 Argentine Harvest was One of the Worst in History Why the 2016 Argentine Harvest was One of the Worst in History

Why the 2016 Argentine Harvest was One of the Worst in History


The 2016 Argentinian varietal harvest has only recently been completed - more than one month late in certain parts of the country. The...

Red, White & Rose - What Gives a Wine its Color? Red, White & Rose - What Gives a Wine its Color? Red, White & Rose - What Gives a Wine its Color? Red, White & Rose - What Gives a Wine its Color?

Red, White & Rose - What Gives a Wine its Color?


When it comes to making wine of the corresponding color, it’s not quite as simple as red grapes produce red wine, white grapes produce...

Patagonia: Argentina's Pinot Noir Paradise Patagonia: Argentina's Pinot Noir Paradise Patagonia: Argentina's Pinot Noir Paradise Patagonia: Argentina's Pinot Noir Paradise

Patagonia: Argentina's Pinot Noir Paradise


While Pinot Noir grapes are grown in Mendoza, Argentina’s best-known wine region, it is in Patagonia that the variety truly thrives....

Introduction to Argentinian Wine Introduction to Argentinian Wine Introduction to Argentinian Wine Introduction to Argentinian Wine

Introduction to Argentinian Wine


While Malbec remains the country’s most recognized grape variety, the country also offers a mixture of reds in the way of Bonarda, Syrah,...

Q&A by Tim McKirdy


What is the difference between a varietal wine and a regional wine?


Varietal wines are those which have been made from one particular variety of grape. For example, some of the most common grape varieties...