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picture News December, 5 2022
image: The Grande Finale in SCCE’s Wine Academy The Grande Finale in SCCE’s Wine Academy

Hotel St. Petersbourg's Restaurant Hermitage in Tallinn's Old Town could welcome a full house as SCCE gathered for the Grande Finale in the first edition of our Wine Academy Thursday evening, 14 April.


Since this was the Grande Finale, it was also time for a wrap up and examination in the shape of a quiz. Our Sommelier Gustaf Hertsius and our wine supplier Prike's Brand Ambassador Hannes Aedla went around the tables, and by noting their facial expressions and body language we could at least get a clue on whether we were totally wrong or right when we noted down our answers.


However, following the traditions of SCCE's Wine Academy, wine and food were as usual in focus this evening.


As for the wines, we were welcomed with a glass of Coté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut. Enjoying the delicious five course menu, we focused on which wines go along with what kind of food, the differences between different grapes and vintages, and these are the wines we had (some of them blind tasted); Chablis Vieilles Vignes AOP 2013 and 2014; Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; Bouchard Aîné & Fils Pinot Noir Bourgogne Les Vendangeurs AOP 2013; Cabernet Sauvignon Founders Estate, 2013; and Zinck Terroir Pinot Gris AOP 2012.


Hermitage's Restaurant Manager Meelis Vili introduced us to the menu and this is what we could enjoy; Caramelized Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Cherry Gel and Herbs; Sea Bass with Carrot Cream and White Wine Sauce; Pork topped with Fermented Red Cabbage; Lamb with Mushroom Cream and Demi Glace Sauce; and a Cheese Plate.


On behalf of the SCCE, I would like to thank Gustaf Hertsius and Hannes Aedla for their engagement and good spirit in introducing us to the world of wines. My thanks also go to the entire team at Hotel St. Petersbourg's Restaurant Hermitage for an excellent set up as well as a delicious menu. Last but not least, I thank all Wine Academy participants for making our sessions very nice, cozy, interesting and fun.




Kristiina Sikk

SCCE Ombudsman


PS - Will there be a second edition of the Academy? Well, I wouldn't be surprised if it will, and I'll be back on the issue later on this year!

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