My Yesterday

    Juha Lihtonen is one of the most succeeded sommeliers in Nordics. This manyfold sommelier champion of his country won the title of the Best Nordic Sommelier in 2003. After sommelier competitions, he finished his WSET Diploma studies and continued the studies in Masters of Wine programme in London.

    On 2000 he founded the Wine Academy of Helsinki, where he run sommelier and wine waiter trainings. He published his first book in 2002 about comibining food and wine. This book was followed by several other ones, and he became active wine writer for several publications in Finland. He hosted a weekly national wine and food radio programme and launched his first food and wine application 'Matchart' with Nokia mobiles in 2003.

    From 2003 to 2007 he was the wine buyer of Silja Line – one of the biggest passenger ferry operators in the world. During this period he was also in charge of the ferries restaurant service and concept development.

    In 2006 he founded FINE Wine Magazines together with his friends Pekka Nuikki and Essi Avellan MW. He has worked for FINE Wine Magazines as their Editor since 2007. He is also the founder member of Tastingbook.com.

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    Pro Me

    Juha Lihtonen is the co-founder of tastingbook.com. He is also known as the co-founder and Editor of the world's leading fine wine publications, FINE Magazines. In 2008, he founded together with Pekka Nuikki and Essi Avellan MW the magazine that was dedicated exclusively to champagne. FINE Champagne Magazine is the world's one and only champagne magazine.


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Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Nordic Ruinart Challenge 2017 took this year place in Helsinki. The Danish sommelier Jimmi Hansen from Copenhagen was announced as a winner from 19 contestors after tight competition. Congratulations Jimmi!

1m 28d ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

If you want to understand biodynamic winegrowing, make appointment at Gaja with Gaia Gaja, pack your sneakers and prepre for a run around San Lorenzo vineyard. Thanks Gaia for being the first person who has explained to me in understandable manner about the biodiversity in vineyards. And from now on, I will not have my hair cut on full moon!

6m 30d ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  10 Producers 

Putting in mouth anything that is 290 years old, sounds suspicious. Enjoying it so much that you wish to have plenty more of it souns insane. I truly enjoyed that "sanity" with great friends, when we sahred the world's oldest known wine available – 1727 Apostelwein. What an insane night it was with so many great wines – Romanee-Conti 1923, Vega-Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial 1973/1975/1976, Petrus 1982, Ch. Margaux 1982, Harlan 1993, Grange 1998, and Ch Climens 1943 bottled for Nazis. Wow!!

8m 14h ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  58 Wines  from  33 Producers 

"Astonishing tasting of the best champagne of the decade '90s. So great champagnes in perfect condition to be enjoyed today but which hold extremely well decades to come! It was a tight battle of the 1st place. On my rankings there were two winners - Dom Pérignon P2 1995 and Cristal 1996. Both were amazing 98 points champagnes! The biggest surprises were Besserat de Bellefon 1998 and once again Palmer&Co champagnes with their charming quality and consistency."

1y 29d ago

Dom Pérignon P2 1998, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon P2 1995, Moët & Chandon
Rosé Impérial 1990, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon P3 1990, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon P2 Rosé 1995, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon 1964, Moët & Chandon
Cristal 1996, Louis Roederer
Cristal 1999, Louis Roederer
Pannier Brut Blanc de Noirs 1998, Pannier
La Grande Dame 1995, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Cave Privée Rosé 1990, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Cave Privée 1990, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
La Grande Dame 1993, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Vintage 1955, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Krug Vintage 1998, Krug
Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998, Krug
Sir Winston Churchill 1999, Pol Roger
Sir Winston Churchill 1996, Pol Roger
Pol Roger vintage 1993, Pol Roger
Pol Roger Vinothèque 1999, Pol Roger
Blanc des Millénaires 1990, Charles Heidsieck
Rosé Millésime 1999, Charles Heidsieck
Blanc des Millénaires 1995, Charles Heidsieck
Vintage 1995, Besserat de Bellefon
Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 1996, Billecart-Salmon
Blanc de Blancs Vintage 1998, Billecart-Salmon
R.D. Bollinger 1990, Bollinger
Cuvée R. Lalou 1998, G.H. Mumm
Rare 1998, Piper-Heidsieck
Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1995, Henriot
DT Millésime 1990, Jacquesson
Cuvée Sous Bois 1990, Boizel
Nec Plus Ultra (N.P.U) 1999, Bruno Paillard
Brut Vinothéque 1990, Cattier
Brut Vinothéque 1999, Cattier
Louis XV 1993, De Venoge
Blanc de Blancs 1995, Deutz
Cuvée William Deutz 1990, Deutz
Femme 1996, Duval-Leroy
Noble Cuvée 1998, Lanson
Clos des Goisses 1995, Philipponnat
Clos des Goisses 1996, Philipponnat
Clos des Goisses Juste Rosé 1999, Philipponnat
Orpale 1998, De Saint Gall
Extra Brut Vinothéque 1996, J. Dumangin Fils
Grand Couronnement 1998, J. de Telmont
D Millésime 1995, Veuve Devaux
Brut Millésimé 1996, Palmer & Co
Vintage Collection 1995, Palmer & Co
Vintage Collection 1996, Palmer & Co
Nostalgie 1999, Beaumont des Crayeres
Special Club Collection 1996, Pierre Gimonnet
Vintage Brut 1996, Edouard Brun
Collection Oenotheque Millésime Brut 1995, Champagne de Castelnau
Les Échansons 1999, Mailly Grand Cru
Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV (10's), Champagne Armand de Brignac
Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs NV (10's), Champagne Armand de Brignac
Armand de Brignac Demi-Sec NV (10's), Champagne Armand de Brignac

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  6 Producers 

"The Douro Boys organized an eye-opening tasting in Scandinavia. Five ambitious producers with unique wine styles – Crasto with its spicy and mineral characters, Vale Meão with big meaty style wines, Vallado round and approachable wines, Vale D.Maria smooth and velvety wines and Niepoort with its elegant and lighter style wines. The versatile characters in whites were charming.

1y 3m ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  3 Producers 

"Anyone who has doubts about the greatness of Riesling wines, should enjoy the the tasting hosted by the energic German Riesling Man – Ernst Loosen! After having two-hours tasting tour of Loosen's Mosel rieslings, one can only be impressed – and not only about the passion what Ernie shows for rieslings but the finesse and purity of his wines! Impeccable! Thank you Ernie for making me fall in love with rieslings once again:) "

1y 4m ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a Blind tasting of  10 Wines  from  9 Producers 

"A joyful blind tasting with some super wines! Screaming Eagle 1999 was immensely delicate and harmonious with lovely intensity. Côte-Rôtie La Mouline from super vintage 1978 was so energetic and charming that I'd have liked to give it even 101 points! Pétrus 1929, DRC Montrachet 1990 and Pol Roger 1947 hit the high scores as well - all were so charming. Some of the most surprising experiences were wines from "off-vintages" like La Tache 1935 and Troplong Mondot 1904!!! Both were in great condition. "

1y 5m ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  1 Producers 

"Tastingbook had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime tasting at the Monastery of Dom Pérignon with Richard Geoffroy and also tasted first time ever, the newest vintage of Dom Pérignon Rosé -2005."

1y 6m ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  2 Producers 

"Willi Opitz is probably the most energetic man in wine business that I know. When I heard about his new wine project El Furtivo in Toledo, Spain, I knew that I can expect some surprises. Well, I found myself two days ago amazed with the glasses of Willi's sweet Petit Verdot and Tempranillo from La Mancha. So luscious and so sweeet!!! The Australian Rutherglen Muscats have finally met their rivals that suits the current low-alcohol trend! "

1y 7m ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  7 Producers 

"If one should name a wine country in the world that offers endless wine experiences, it is impossible to avoid thinking of Italy. Another tasting showed it once again. Gaja's Magari 2001 (93p) from Bolgheri impressed with its sophistication and complexity, Picconero 2009 (91p) from Chianti Classico with its refined supertuscan style with flair of Pauillac characteristics, the 100% Teroldego wine Granato 1998 (90p) from Dolomites with its Pomerol-kind-of soul and grazy Venetian Kairos 2007 (92p) which is the biggest serious mix-bag wine in the world with its 15 varieties from Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta, Croatina, Teroldego, Marzemino, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah AND Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Trebbiano and Garganega!!! With Kairos I have to say that it is amazing how well-balanced wine is with all that blend plus 15% of alcohol. "

1y 8m ago

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1y 9m ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  2 Producers 

"Niepoort impresses with its 150 years of ports!!"

1y 9m ago


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