The Grand Champagne Report

Look at that silly smile. That is me scanning the room for my next glass of bubbly at Grand Champagne 2018 – one of the best wine events in the whole of Europe. One would not guess Helsinki to be the venue for such an event. Maybe Paris or London sounds more natural. But it is the hard work of Master of Wine Essi Avellan and winelovers Taru and Christian From, that bring the cream of Champagne to Helsinki every spring for this three day celebration of wine. For the past two years, I have had the privilege to attend the Grand Champagne press event, listening to visiting winemakers speak about their profession and taste through the years new releases of cuvees and vintages. Here is my report of what is new and hot, and what I recommend to buy into the cellar. Continue reading “The Grand Champagne Report”

Wineweek 69: The Start of the Rose Season

The first week of March. Is it spring yet? Who cares. Rose season is here and we celebrated by opening a small bottle of Ruinart. It isn’t as great as the Billecart-Salmon, but decent still. Clearly a food-rose. Usually the “season” starts here in Sweden around Easter and lasts until mid-summer. However, rose is fashionable all summer and goes really well with some of the Nordic cuisine: new potatoes, salmon and grilled meats. We are also prepping ourselves to the start of rose sales by studying (read about discoveries here) and getting some samples from our great producers. Last year we sold out of rose. So this year we will be doubling the stock. Continue reading “Wineweek 69: The Start of the Rose Season”