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.
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