Essi Avellan MW is a Champagne specialist, journalist, educator and wine judge. She has authored several wine books and is a jury member at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.
The best new Champagnes for Christmas and New Year
In her round-up of the best Champagne launches from the second half of the year, Essi Avellan MW picks out friends old and new
What is lightstrike in wine and why is everyone talking about it?
Most of us will have rejected a wine because it was corked. But have you ever sent a bottle back because it tastes of light? Essi Avellan MW explains the increasingly topical issue of lightstrike
Top ten new Champagnes: Essi Avellan MW’s verdict
The 2012 vintage stands with the finest of the century so far, our expert says of the latest Champagne launches
Is this the way to a more ethical caviar?
Once the epitome of conspicuous consumption by a wealthy elite, caviar is now harnessing more sustainable methods of production that are broadening the delicacy's reach, suggests Essi Avellan MW
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