Ilkka Siren

Ilkka Siren
Ilkka Siren

Ilkka Siren

Ilkka Sirén is an award-winning wine writer and freelance journalist based in Helsinki, Finland. Ilkka started his career by working behind the counter at a local wine bar and doing harvest stints in wineries around the world. He is currently the drinks writer for Maku, Finland’s leading food magazine, but actively contributes to several magazines in Finland. Internationally his writing about the world of wine has appeared on VICE, Saveur, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Decanter, Fine Dining Lovers, and others. A wine judge, Ilkka has judged in Italy, Portugal, Bratislava, Brussels and Beijing. In 2015 Ilkka was knighted by the Confraria do Vinho do Porto.

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Chablis, the land of Chardonnay
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Chablis, the land of Chardonnay
Chablis is one of the great classic wine regions.
Grenache, the grape with many faces
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Grenache, the grape with many faces
Grenache is one of the most widely planted grape variety in the world but it doesn't always get the credit it deserves. Discover the best wines to try in 2019.
5 must-visit cellar doors in South Australia
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5 must-visit cellar doors in South Australia
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Rioja, a diverse and forward-looking wine region
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The Best Wines to Warm Up Christmas
Which are the best wines for Christmas 2018? From crisp whites to nuanced reds and tasty dessert wines, the best drinks to go with the best meal of the year.
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Sauvignon Blanc is Not Only a French Affair
From the Loire Valley in France to the rest of the world: discover the best Sauvignon Blanc vineyards and how this grape variety reflects every specific terroir
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Oscar Quevedo: 'Don't Take Port Wine Too Seriously'
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5 S.Pellegrino Young Chefs in Finland
Find out what happens when several S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 finalists from all over the world meets, forage and cook together.
5 Unexpected Wine Regions To Explore
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5 Unexpected Wine Regions To Explore
From Japan to Serbia or India, a look at five unfamous wine regions around the world, that deserve to be looked at more closely.
5 Red Wines to Enjoy with Seafood
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5 Red Wines to Enjoy with Seafood
"Red for meat and white for fish" is going out the window with these delicate and extremely delicious red wines to match with seafood.
7 Summery White Wines to Cool You Down
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7 Summery White Wines to Cool You Down
Summer in here, and this is the best time of the year to sip chilled white wines. Here is a vinous survival kit for the upcoming hot months.
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Georgian Wines: 8000 Years and Still Going Strong
Discover the tradition of wine-making in this historic country, plus tips on the best Georgian wines to try now.
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Vin Clair: The Wine Before the Bubbles
Vin clair is a fundamental building block in the Champagne production process: this unknown still wine behind the bubbles deserves more recognition.
5 Rosé Wines to Step into Spring
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5 Rosé Wines to Step into Spring
Although we normally think of rosé as a summer wine, it can actually be enjoyed all year round. Find out why with this selection of amazing wines.
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5 Good Quality Cognacs You Should Try
Which Cognac are worth drinking? Here’s a list that provides a solid introduction into the world of this amazing drink.
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The Art of Matching Beer With Desserts
Beer is an incredibly food-friendly drink: the beer expert Anikó Lehtinen explains how to approach the potentially exquisite combination of beer and dessert.
Five Ice Wines to Melt your Heart
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Five Ice Wines to Melt your Heart
The dessert wine made with frozen grapes is becoming increasingly popular among consumers. Here is a list of delicious ice wines to try.
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Alex Kratena: ‘Balance is the key’
What are the current trends in the world of drinks? Alex Kratena, bartender and cocktail consultant, talks about the constantly changing world of drinks.
7 Red Wines to Keep You Warm
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7 Red Wines to Keep You Warm
Winter is coming, and this is the best time of the year to sip full-bodied red wines. Here is a vinous survival kit for the upcoming cold months.
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Viviana Navarrete: 'The Chilean wine industry Is Not Standing Still'
A Chat with the Chilean winemaker about how innovative vintners are currently creating new possibilities for Chilean wine.
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Seven Grüner Veltliner Wines to Try
Stop what you’re doing and pour yourself a glass of Grüner Veltliner, a high quality white wine from Austria that’s gaining new fans all over the world.
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What is Biodynamic Wine and Viticulture?
Are you thirsty for some biodynamic wine? Discover the basics of biodynamic viticulture, a form of holistic winemaking practice respecting biodiversity.
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6 Beer Gardens and Wine Bars You Can't Miss in Munich
Let’s put it this way: if you love beer and have not visited Munich already, you need to start making some important life decision right now.
Mediterranean wines: 7 wines to try at least once in a lifetime
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Mediterranean wines: 7 wines to try at least once in a lifetime
If you want to try the flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean summer you should definitely taste one of these seven wines! Get ready for your summer!
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10 South African White Wines You Should Be Drinking
What if we told you that South African white wines are truly great? Here are ten wines you should know about.
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How to Tackle Champagne Like a Pro
Essi Avellan MW, a Finnish Champagne specialist and author, talks about how to approach “the best drink on the planet.”
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10 Labels that Show Portugal is Winning the Wine Game
For many years Portugal was all about Port wine, but nowadays things have changed: here's a list of 10 Portuguese wines you have to try.
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5 of the World's Most Extreme Vineyards
From Tahiti to Sweden or Argentina, a look at five extreme and weird vineyards that are pushing the limit, taking grape growing to the next level.
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Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Where White Wines Shine
There's no arguing that Italy produces some of the world's best red wines. But what if we told you that it’s the white wines that make Italian wine truly great?
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Meet the Artisans of Australian Wine
A wine tasting showed once again that Australia truly is the king of the cool and quirky: here are four Australian wine makers (and labels) to know.
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A List of Fortified Wines You Should Know
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Riverland, the Wine You've Tried but Never Heard of
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Caipirinha, a Cocktail Worthy of the Olympics
With the 2016 Olympic Games around the corner the focus is on Brazil. In true Olympic spirit we went through a tasting of the national cocktail, caipirinha.
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Gin & Tonic Nordic Style: Behind One of the World's Best Gin
After producing the world's best gin for gin & tonic, the spirits industry in Finland has finally realised its potential.
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5 Wine Regions to Visit Right Now
From Austria to Australia, Croatia to Chile, get ahead of your fellow wine geeks by ticking these amazing wine regions off your list.