My name is Steen Öhman – I was born in Denmark in the awful wine year 1965. The name Öhman originates from Finland, where my father came from, and where a large part of my family still live. So 50% Danish, and 40% Finnish … and 10% Burgundian.
Before I began to expand Winehog I worked with advertising and research, but always have had a very strong passion for wine and food.
This passion began back in the late 1980s with Bordeaux. The first inspiration came from David Peppercorns book “Bordeaux” and since then a lot of good and great wines have been tasted.
The focus is now on Burgundy – I do however also taste quite a lot of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Bordeaux and Champagne – and sometimes even Italian wines, Rhone, and some wines from Alsace and California.
In the mid-90s I began to taste wine professionally, when I joined the tasting panel of the Danish magazine Penge & Privat Ökonomi. I’m no longer a part of this tasting panel, but this was the start of my wine tasting “career”.
I try to taste a broad range of wines in different contexts, and am currently a member of several tasting groups in Denmark. So far my wine interest has brought me as far as Singapore, where I attended the 80 years birthday of wine collector NK Yong – see picture below.
I normally travel to wine districts in France and Germany at least once a year, starting back in 1992 with my first trip to Germany and Alsace.
Since I went full time on the Winehog project I plan to visit Burgundy five or six times each year to taste wines from cask and to participate in events like Grand Jours de Bourgogne – spending almost 2 month in the region each year.
Independent ratings and articles
I don’t have any commercial interest in the wine business, and the work is financed mainly by revenue from subscribtions and some from consulting – writing content for magazines and merchands and a bit from the ads on the site.
My taste and palate
I have a preference towards elegant and transparent wines with finesse and a strong terroir. I really don’t like heavy wines with high alcohol level. Energy and Freshness are the keywords – wines without a crisp and vibrant fruit are uninspiring and more or less a waste of time!
Quite a lot of people think my ratings are pretty hard, but it’s my firm opinion that the ratings should be consistent, and a great terrior is necessary if a wine should achieve a top rating (legendary or extraordinary). The result of these principles is very few wines with top ratings, and quite a lot of wines in the 88 – 94pts range. I know many collectors only go for top ratings, but in my view a wine with a 88pts rating can be both very enjoyable and collectable. Wines rated as good can be very drinkable wines … for those who enjoy wine and not labels and points.
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