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    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 / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Vega-Sicilia Unico vertical 1947-1990. It is seldom that one gets to taste several Vega-Sicilia Unicos in vertical tastings, but when it does occur there is certainly excitement in the air. This occasion was no exception, although the wines did not turn out to be as wonderful as expected. The most worrying thing was the inconsistency between the vintages, and surprisingly, the lesser vintages stood out as fascinating wines. The common denominator was that after decanting the wines started to evolve in a noticeably more rapid manner in the decanter, but especially in the glass. Generally, the older Unicos before the 1980s prefer not long decantation.

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Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  14 Producers 

Inspired by James Bond – No Time to Die, we included Château Angelus 2003 (96p) in our Tour de France dinner. What a crowd pleaser. Rich and intense. In wonderful condition now but left no  doubt that this wine will evolve beautifully another 5-10 years. The aristocratic La Mission Haut-Brion 1998 (97p) shone on a par with Angelus, with its classic charming style. The joker of the eve, Stag's Leap Artemis 2014 (92p) served with aged hard cheeses was a true charmer with its dense finesse.

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