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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.
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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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”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.”
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Richard Geoffroy – chef de cave of Dom Pérignon

  Published in French in 2015 in Flacons of Champagne magazine:   Chef de cave Richard Geoffroy is not playing it safe with Dom Pérignon. There is a formidable legacy to guard for the region’s first prestige cuvée that carries the name of Champagne’s most mythical figure. But instead of securing it, it is reinvention […]

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The Pommery cellars offer one of the best visiting experiences. The fairy-tale castle complex that Madame Pommery established in 1868 is simply charming. Built over a massive area of 50 hectares, the cellars exude the magnificence of the late nineteenth century. More than 100 Gallo-Roman crayères (chalk quarries) are joined together in an 18-kilometre labyrinthine network that houses 25 million bottles of champagne. Anyone interested in art will love the temporary exhibition of art installations, from which the Vrankens choose their favourites each year to permanently place in the cellars for decoration.



Viinioppia pukinkonttiin – Viinikoulu 2017

Tervetuloa Viinikoulun penkille Helsingin Classic Wine Cellarsissa ja Tampereen Vinoteekissa. Kevään 2017 Viinikoulut järjestetään kolmen kurssin pakettina. Viinikoulu sopii erinomaisesti sekä aloitteleville että kokeneemmille viininharrastajille. Jokainen kurssikerta on oma kokonaisuutensa mutta parhaiten oppii osallistumalla koko kevään ohjelmaan. Paikka Viinikouluun on myös mainio lahja ystävälle tai asiakkaalle! Jokaiseen viinikoulukertaan sisältyy Essi Avellanin luento ja kuuden viinin maistelu. […]