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.
Still wines from Champagne – fizz’s final frontier
A wave of new releases from some of Champagne’s most famous houses – and growers – is shifting attention away from the region’s fizz and on to its still wines. Essi Avellan MW explores the world of Coteaux Champenois
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
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