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”

Tasting Taittinger

Taittinger is a rare beast for a Champagne house, it is owned and managed by the family whose name is on the label. Founded in 1734 they are one of the oldest houses in the business; and biggest with production of over six million bottles a year. The house is owned and managed by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger and his two children. I have never been drawn to the big houses (except to Bollinger), but as I learn more about their history and wine making, I always have a bit more of an emotional connection to them. About a week ago, we took part in a small Taittinger tasting, and chatted with a representative of the house.  Continue reading “Tasting Taittinger”

Wineweek 121:Out and about in Stockholm

This week has been awesome! A-W-E-S-O-M-E! The beginning of the year has been so slow that I feel like I have been awakened from a long hibernation. Even the flu has not stopped me this week as we have had one nice meal after another. What am I ranting about? Well our nights out at Cafe Nizza and Mathias Dahlgrens Matbaren of course. We also drank some nice wines at home as well as tasted a range of Taittinger champagnes at our wine cellar. Yes! It has been a week of food and wine, and I feel very excited to tell all about it.  Continue reading “Wineweek 121:Out and about in Stockholm”

Wineweek 103: Rainy Helsinki

I have spent the past week in Helsinki. It rained a lot, thus only photos from indoors. It was really this kind of nasty, humid fall weather, where the chill just penetrates all your outer clothes and sinks all the way to your bones. I have never gotten used to that, not even when I lived in London, where this kind of weather was a constant. Stockholm on the other hand was very sunny this weekend when I came back home. I could have just stayed outside all day long. Instead, we sat in the windowless chambre separé at Magnusson and had a good dose of Delamotte.  Continue reading “Wineweek 103: Rainy Helsinki”