Your digital guidebook to the world of Champagne
My palate is one for purity, elegance and vivacity. Regarding champagne, I love what is in the glass but I also love what lies beyond. Champagne is an intriguingly complex and diverse region. A world of luxury and a truly fine wine. Still, where champagne is, fun begins. But knowing more makes it even greater fun. This is the Essence of Champagne.
Essi Avellan MW
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Explore Essence of Champagne with Essi Avellan MW. Renowned champagne specialist and Master of Wine, Essi Avellan’s personal champagne site offers you a brand new source of unbiased champagne opinions. Discover Essi’s vast library of recent tasting notes, Essi’s blog, essential champagne information, latest news, as well as the results of the champagne awards to which her palate has contributed.
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“Essi has a mind like a steel trap! And she is uniquely qualified. Of all the Champagne specialists I know, Essi is the best and most consistent taster I have encountered, and I have tasted thousands of Champagnes with her, so that is no throwaway statement.”
Tom Stevenson, wine writer and champagne specialist
”One senses a new voice – convincing, precise, analytical and mercifully free of dogmatic judgment masquerading as incontrovertible truth. Put another way, Avellan wears her knowledge and authority lightly, born of quiet self-confidence in the accuracy of her own palate, which is one of the best in the effervescence world.”
Michael Edwards, wine writer and champagne specialist

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Join us for a day of Champagne and horseriding

Join Essi and Anki for a perfect summer day for horseriding and champagne tasting on Sunday 6 August 2017 at Anki’s Stable. We will begin with a champagne aperitif before heading out to the nature for horseback riding. Exploring the Kirkkonummi terrains on Anki’s lovely Islandic horses, we are riding in two groups (slow/faster) for […]

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Vilmart & Cie

Laurent Champs’s elaborate ways with oak can only be admired. All Vilmart’s champagnes are born in wood and the versatile use of oak imbues each cuvée with its unique character.



New Book: Essi Avellans Champagne

Press Release – for immediate release 20 April 2017 New Guide takes readers on a 5-star tasting journey around Champagne Essi Avellan’s Champagne : A Guide for Champagne Lovers and Gourmet Travellers Internationally acclaimed Champagne specialist, judge and author Essi Avellan MW has published a new Guide to buying and enjoying champagne and visiting the […]