Wines from Champagne, England, South Africa, Australia, USA, Cava, Chile, Italy and New Zealand have been honoured with the ultimate awards in the inaugural Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the sparkling wine world.

The 30 Trophies that are being published today in The World of Fine Wine magazine and on will see Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 claim the ultimate title of Supreme World Champion 2014. A further 12 World Champions by origin, 11 World Champions by style, 3 World Champions that offer exceptional value for money and 3 World Champion Magnums by style have also received the competition’s most highly acclaimed trophies. A full list of those wines awarded Best in Class is also available.

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships received over 650 entries from 16 different countries in its first year. Finland’s editor of FINE Champagne Magazine, Essi Avellan MW, and celebrated Australian sparkling wine consultant, Dr Tony Jordan, joined leading international authority on all things bubbly, Tom Stevenson, for the intensive judging process in May. These three esteemed palates tasted all entries blind, including the finest and most rare prestige cuvées of Champagne, some of which are so iconic that they have never entered any wine competition before.

Founder and chairman of the judges, Tom Stevenson, comments: “All the wines submitted were initially tasted and evaluated by origin and style. This ensured that each wine’s medal potential was evaluated according to its own typicity of provenance. Within each category of origin, the wines were assessed strictly by style – that is, all the brut nature together all the blanc de blancs, rosé, et cetera. Where no gold medals were awarded, no wine of that style from that provenance could progress any further in the competition; but where there were gold-medal winners, we grouped them together, demoted any that did not stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest, and chose the Best in Class.”

Stevenson continues: “From the Best in Class, there was a taste-off to decide the World Champion trophy for each country or appellation. The Best in Class winners from all over the world were then grouped together by style to decide those World Champions. We also rewarded the best supermarket Champagne and the greatest value Champagne and greatest value sparkling wine with World Champion trophies.”

Judges awarded 185 wines with silver medals and above in the first year, including 86 gold & 99 silver.

The 2015 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships will open for entries in December 2014.


Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 Supreme World Champion

World Champions by ORIGIN
Blue Pyrenees Estate 2010 Midnight Cuvée  World Champion Australia
Bruendlmayer 2008 Brut (magnum) World Champion Austria
Roederer Estate NV Brut Sparkling Wine World Champion USA
Graham Beck Wines 2009 Blanc de Blancs World Champion Cap Classique
Gramona 2000 Enoteca Brut Nature World Champion Cava
Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 World Champion Champagne
Miguel Torres Chile NV Cordillera Brut World Champion Chile
Digby Fine English 2009 Réserve Brut World Champion England
Il Mosnel 2008 Rosé Pas Dosé Parosé World Champion Franciacorta
Akarua 2010 Vintage Brut World Champion New Zealand
Nino Franco 2013 Valdobbiadene Primo Franco   World Champion Prosecco
Ferrari 2007 Perlé World Champion Trentodoc

World Champions by STYLE
Il Mosnel 2008 Rosé Pas Dosé Parosé World Champion Non-Dosage
Champagne Pommery NV Brut Royal (magnum) World Champion NV Brut Blend
Champagne Ruinart NV Blanc de Blancs World Champion NV Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Charles Heidsieck NV Rosé Réserve World Champion NV Rosé
Champagne Les Pionniers 2004 Brut World Champion Vintage Blend
Champagne De Castelnau 2002 Blanc de Blancs World Champion Vintage Blanc de Blancs
Hattingley Valley 2011 Rosé   World Champion Vintage Rosé
Dom Pérignon 1996 Oenthèque   World Champion Deluxe Brut Blend
Dom Ruinart 2002 Blanc de Blancs World Champion Deluxe Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Rosé World Champion Deluxe Rosé
Grant Burge NV Shiraz Cabernet World Champion Sparkling Red

Other World Champions
Champagne Les Pionniers 2004 Brut World Champion Supermarket Champagne
Champagne Les Pionniers 2004 Brut World Champion Greatest Value Champagne
Freixenet 2012 Cuvée de Prestige Trepat World Champion Greatest Value Sparkling Wine

Champagne Pommery NV Brut Royal World Champion NV Magnum
Ca’del Bosco 2005 Cuvée Annamaria Clementi World Champion Vintage Magnum
Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle World Champion Deluxe Magnum

For further information, please contact:

Bryony Wright/ Rachel Davey at Proven Communication
Tel: +44 117 924 9303

MW Essi Avellanin syksyn 2014 viinikoulut järjestetään mielenkiintoisena kolmen kurssin pakettina Helsingissä ja Tampereella. Viinikoulujen teemat kietoutuvat osallistujien toiveaiheiden ympärille: tänä syksynä paneudumme mielenkiintoisiin huippupunaviineihin, trendikkääseen luomuun sekä sokkotastingin kautta kuohuviiniklassikoihin.

Ilmoittautuminen viinikouluun on alkanut, katso lisätietoja täältä.

Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Saprkling Wines shortlisted for The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014

On Tuesday 15th July the Roederer Awards judging panel met at the Maisons Marques et Domaines headquarters in London to determine the shortlists of the entries in the tenth annual the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards.

Champagne Louis Roederer and the 2014 judges are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist as follows.


- The Champagne Guide 2014-2015 – Tyson Stelzer
- Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and sparkling wine – Tom Stevenson & Essi Avellan MW
- Jura Wine­ – Wink Lorch
- The New California Wine – Jon Bonné
- The World Atlas of Wine 7th Edition – Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson OBE MW

An invitation-only Awards Ceremony will be taking place to announce the winners at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on Tuesday 9th September 2014.

FINE Champagne magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne and a renowned industry authority, announces its list of the “100 Best Champagnes for 2014”.

After days of blind-tastings of hundreds of champagnes the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it to the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting of our editorial board can warmly be recommended.  Still, there can only be one winner. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000 and in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000. In 2014, the competition for the top positions was tougher than ever and for the first time in this classification’s history our vote went to a rosé champagne, the magnificent Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002.

This year we also awarded three honorary awards for mature Library Vintages, exceeding 15 years of age. Our TOP 3 Library Vintages were Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves Grand Siècle Magnum NV and Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995.

Cristal is an intriguing prestige cuvée rosé, as it has the palest colour, yet a contrastingly fleshy, fruity, well-built palate of amazing freshness. Its secret is in the Pinot Noir from Roederer’s own old-vine vineyards in Aÿ, which are now cultivated according to biodynamic principles. It is these ripe grapes that give the wine its delicate hue via the saignée, or bleeding method. The last touch of spine and elegance to it is given by Côte des Blancs grand cru Chardonnay. Made in tiny volumes, Cristal Rosé is a true collector’s item. Curiously, we have noticed a remarkable, and constantly improving, track record from previous years: in 2010 Cristal Rosé 2002 finished in the 9th position, in 2011 the 5th position and finally in 2012 it climbed as high as the 3rdposition. This well exemplifies the effect of time on the finest prestige cuvées, FINE Champagne editor Essi Avellan MW comments.

FINE Champagne magazine’s aim with this annual ranking is to taste the entire offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.

The full 100 Best Champagnes ranking can be read in the FINE Champagne magazines June issue.

TOP 10 Champagnes for 2014

1            Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002

2            Dom Pérignon 2004

3            Louis Roederer Cristal 2002

4            Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV

5            Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002

6            Henriot Rosé Millésime 2005

7            Krug Grande Cuvée NV

8            Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2000

9            Krug Vintage Brut 2000

10            Pol Roger Vintage 2002

Library Vintages Honorary Awards 2014

1            Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996

2            Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves de Grand Siècle Magnum NV

3            Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995

More information:

Essi Avellan MW, editor, FINE Champagne

Tel: +358 (0)40 7197197


Pekka Nuikki, editor-in-chief, FINE Champagne

Tel: +358 (0)400 503 784



Princess V42 Black Swanin risteilyillä yhdistyvät Helsingin edustan kuvankaunis saaristo ja upeat samppanjat. Essi Avellan MW Champagne tasting- risteilyillä tutustutaan jalkapallon 2014 World Cupin viralliseen samppanjaan Taittingeriin, hiljattain 200-vuotisjuhliaan viettäneeseen Laurent-Perrieriin sekä upeaan Bollingeriin, jonka vannoutuneisiin ystäviin kuuluvat myös James Bond ja Englannin kuningashuone.

Katso samppanjaristeilyjen aikataulut ja lisätiedot täältä tai

Korjaamon Samppanjamarkkinat kokoaa taas vanhoille ratikkahalleille samppanjanystävät, viiniasiantuntijat ja samppanjatalot. Samppanjan ohella markkinoilla on tarjolla ruokaherkkuja ostereista hummereihin ja sushimaistiaisiin. Samppanjamarkkinat johdattavat juoman maailmaan luentojen ja tasting-tilaisuuksien avulla, ja viikonlopun aikana tarjoutuu tilaisuus maistella niin klassikkosamppanjoita kuin juoman nousevia tähtiä.

Oppaina samppanjan maailmaan toimivat Master of Wine Essi Avellanin lisäksi pitkän linjan viiniasiantuntija Jukka Sinivirta, ravintola Savoyn sommelier Antti Uusitalo sekä mm. Murusta tuttu Samuil Angelov.

Tastingien, luentojen ja paneelikeskusteluiden teemoina markkinoilla ovat muiden muassa samppanjan nyanssit ruokajuomana, pienten tuottajien mielenkiintoiset samppanjat sekä valmistusmenetelmät, jotka tekevät samppanjasta samppanjan. Lisäksi arvostetut samppanjatalot Salon Delamotte ja Nicolas Feuillatte avaavat salojaan.

Essi Avellanin Master Classien teemana on Crème de la Crème in Rosé, samppanjoista ne harvinaisimmat ja viinillisimmät eli luksussamppanjoiden roseeversiot. Nyt on ainutlaatuinen tilaisuus päästä maistamaan sellaisia herkkuja kuten Dom Ruinart Rosé 1996, Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003 ja Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2005!

Perjantai 11.4.
16.15 ja klo 19:00 Essi Avellan: Crème de la Crème in Rosé

Lauantai 12.4.
14.30 ja 18:30 Essi Avellan:
Crème de la Crème in Rosé

Essi Avellan on paikalla myös esittelemässä Viking Linen samppanjavalikoimaa sekä uutta kirjaansa Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine.

Ennakkovarausmahdollisuus Helsingin tastingeihin on avattu sivuilla. Samppanjamarkkinoiden ohjelma on nähtävissä sivuilla kokonaisuudessaan.

Pe–la 11.–12.4.
Korjaamon Samppanjamarkkinat (Helsinki)
Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo pe klo 16–21 ja la klo 14–20
Liput ovelta 15 €

Samppanjamarkkinoiden näytteilleasettajina Korjaamolla toimivat muiden muassa Viking Line, Moët Hennessy (mm. Veuve Clicquot), Beverage Partners Finland (Laurent-Perrier), Hartwa-Trade (Lanson), Arvid Nordquist (Ayala), Pernod Ricard Finland (G.H. Mumm), Fondberg (Taittinger) Vindirekt (mm. Billecart-Salmon), Tampereen Viinitukku (mm. Aspasie), Norex (Nicolas Feuillatte) sekä Ruokatarjoiluista vastavat Kaartin Hodari & Hummeri, Osteribaari, Sushibar + Wine Korjaamo sekä Korjaamon baari & keittiö.

Juoma- ja ruokaliput (alk. 2,50 €) ostetaan erikseen. Tasting-tilaisuuksiin on erillinen ilmoittautuminen ja pääsymaksy.

Nähdään Korjaamon Samppanjamarkkinoilla!

ViiniExpon tiedote 20.3.2014

‘Suomalaisia pitkän linjan viinivaikuttajia aateloidaan ritarin arvonimellä tänään ViiniExpo-messutapahtuman yhteydessä. Samalla Bordeaux´n aluejärjestöjen kattojärjestö Commanderie de Bordeaux perustaa Helsinkiin järjestön toimipisteen.

Maailman suurimman viinialueen Bordeaux´n järjestäytyminen on alkanut jo lähes 1000 vuotta sitten. Alueen kattojärjestö perustettiin 1952.

Grand Conseil de Bordeaux´n varapresidentti Hubert Burnereau vierailee viidentoista kollegansa kanssa ViiniExpossa Messukeskuksessa. Bordeaux on messujen teemana, ja alueen viinejä on ViiniExpossa maistettavissa yli 100.

Monsieur Burnereau aateloi suomalaisen viinikulttuurin pitkän linjan edistäjiä ritarin arvonimellä kutsuvierastilaisuudessa tänään torstaina. Aateloitavat ovat: lääk.tiet.tri Georg H. Borgström, Master of Wine Essi Avellan, puheenjohtaja Tarja Uitti, Suomen Alkoholijuomakauppayhdistys SAJK; keittiömestari Antti Vahtera, toimittaja Hannu Vanhanen, sommelier Antti Uusitalo, Kansallisoopperan taiteellinen johtaja Lilli Paasikivi, lehtori Jouko Mykkänen, pastori Jaakko Heinimäki, kirjailija Heikki Remes, johtaja Erkki Liikanen, Suomen Pankki, tri Pekka Lehtonen, Alkon tutkimuslaboratorio; Suomen Ranskan Suurlähettiläs Eric Lébedel, Ranskan Suurlähetystö, Kaupallinen osasto Leena Aradj, puheenjohtaja Kristel Nömmik, Viron Sommelieryhdistys; Retail Sales Manager Mika Vanne, Finnair Travel Retail ja Juha Berglund, ViiniExpon isäntä.’

A review of Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & sparkling wine
by Michael Edwards at (20.1.2014)

“Although certainly a fully revised and updated edition of Tom Stevenson’s standard reference work on Champagne and all things effervescent, this opus is more than that- it’s very much Essi Avelan’s book. Given Tom’s Olympian blessing – “the best champagne taster I have seen” – Essi shows her prowess in comprehensive, precise and jargon-free tasting notes that are very largely up to the moment. Then, delightful surprise, you sense her authority and influence in the 50-page introduction that is an assured step-by-step guide to the traditional method, matters of terroir and the elusive quality of Champagne and beyond.

Learning from Tom’s great experience, Essi also gives a shrewd insight into the unfairly abused Charmat tank method for making sparkling wine. “There is no evidence …that this is an intrinsically inferior method. When produced from the finest base wines and given a long slow fermentation and extended time of lees, it could well be indistinguishable from the real thing.” This is a new and welcome voice, fair-minded, thoughtful and quite without pretension.

One thing though which did make me grind my teeth was the reheating of a mouldy old dish from previous editions – viz. that the English “invented” Champagne before the Champenois in the early 17th century. More by luck than design, yes, we were the first to use coal rather than wood to fire stronger glass in the 1620s – which later, during the Stuart Restoration, was the prototype for bottles robust enough to withstand the turmoil of the sealed second bubble-making fermentation. It was then. of course, all hit-and-miss: in truth, the development of the champagne method was an evolutionary, not a revolutionary, process that took place over 200 years. Talk of ‘invention’ is an abuse of language, not the stuff of serious scholarship.

The profiles and tasting notes which cover an encyclopedic range of sparkling wines from 40 countries begin naturally with Champagne, the largest section. Here the author has been greatly aided by her colleague, Amanda Regan, an Australian and fluent French speaker who spends much of the year in Paris, when she is not tasting in Champagne and Burgundy. One is keely aware that in this edition the gate has been thrown wide open to God’s own acre, the world of the independent vigneron(ne), giving a whole new dimension to Champagne in its diversity and variety.

Yet the great houses are given equally thorough and sympathetic treatment. There is no attempt to drive a wedge between the négoce and the vignoble: in the complex interrelationship of the Champenois partnership, the best producers in both camps share the same values, whatever the malcontents may say.

Delving into the detail, I find myself nodding in admiring approval at the author’s scrupulous fairness towards champagnes that may not be among her palate preferences but which deserve proper appraisal. The Argonne oaked wines in the range of Claude Giraud come to mind, though I wonder when she last tasted here. Giraud’s famous Fût de Chêne, in response to customer demand, is now a multi- vintage and better balanced and less woody as a result.

Always professionally even handed, the author nonetheless has her likes and dislikes, thank goodness- her writing coming alive with her favourites. Her analysis of the elegant and pure-fruited style of Taittinger is a masterpiece, as much on the quality of the straight vintages as about the fabled Comtes de Champagne itself – the supreme aperitif style.

From Rheims’ mansions to village cellars on the Montagne, her profiles of growers Arnaud Margaine for distinctive Chardonnay and Raphael Bérèche for singing Pinot Noir and Meunier are as good as it gets. In Le Mesnil on the Cote, Essi rightly recognises the two great growers in Pierre Peters and Christophe Constant (Vergnon), who make better wine, more regularly, at gentler prices than the cult wine that is Salon – so variable, the ‘99 is a disappointment, the ‘83 still glorious.

One slip-up in the book’s coverage of Le Mesnil is to include the once very great grower Alain Robert who sold his vineyards some years ago and is now fully retired. These are minor grumbles. For in the sweep of producers so sensitively profiled worldwide, it’s clear that great sparkling wines are being made on at least four continents. They taste different from Champagne because their soils, climate and winemaking approach set them apart from the real thing and from each other – as much in the Cape, Tasmania, Anderson Valley, Franciacorta and the little apple in everyone’s eye – Trento Doc. Pretenders to the throne do keep the Champenois on their toes. This book will have a prime place on my bookshelf. One never stops learning about the most intricate and manipulated wine in the world.”

Bloomsbury & Absolute Press are thrilled to announce that Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine has won the WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR award in the Gourmand Wine Book Awards

The book will now compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World. The results will be announced on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at the annual Awards event. It will take place in Beijing, China, during Beijing Cookbook Fair.

This fully updated 3rd edition of the World Encyclopedia of Champagne &Sparkling wine offers a country-by-country guide, from the finest Champagnes of France to the lesser-known sparkling wine producers of China, across five continents and to all the regions  where serious sparkling wine is produced.

Tom Stevenson has long been regarded as the world’s leading authority on Champagne and sparkling wine. The previous two editions of the encyclopedia, translated into German and Spanish, have been considered the reference for sparkling wine for the past 15 years. To do the revision of the third edition, Stevenson chose Essi Avellan MW, one of the world’s most talented young wine writers and only the second person from the Nordic countries to gain the coveted Master of Wine qualification.

Viking Gracen 22.1 Samppanjaristeilyn herkkuja

Vielä mahtuu mukaan 22-23.1 Viking Grace Samppanjaristeilylle Turusta. Risteilyn samppanjavalikoima on koottu Krugin, Dom Pérignonin, Charles Heidsieckin, Piper-Heidsieckin, Veuve Clicquot’n, Moët & Chandonin sekä Essi Avellan Collectionin samppanjoista. Alla on esimerkkejä tarjolla olevista rajoitetun saatavuuden erikoissamppanjoista ohittamattomine hintoineen!

Krug Rosé 199,00 €
Krug Vintage 2000 225,00 €
Krug Clos de Mesnil 2000 490,00 €
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée 1990 139,00 €
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée Rosé 1989 165,00 €
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée Rosé 1978 199,00 €
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 129,00 €
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 1998 179,00 €

Ja ohessa vielä risteilypakettiin kuuluva upea samppanjamenu:

Samppanjalla ja parmesanilla gratinoitu osteri
Larmandier-Bernier Latitude NV
Sandwich: Landekinkkua, pariloitua ankanmaksaa,
uunissa paistettua viikunaa ja omena-fenkolisalaattia
Piper-Heidsieck Vintage 2006
Konfiteerattua ruijanpallasta, hauki-wallenberg,
hummeriemulsio ja hernepyreetä
Paistettua ankanrintaa,
pulled duck-rösti, luumukastiketta
Charles Heidsieck Rosé Millésime 1999
savustettua punajuurta ja pinjansiemeniä
Taittinger Nocturne Sec NV
lakritsicrème, samppanjasorbetti

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