Wine Face

with Helen Johannesen

Helen Johannesen from Helen's Wines in Los Angeles is breaking down the ins and outs of wine: How it’s made, why it's important, what you should drink, and why people often make it so damn elitist. Fifteen-minute wine classes (Listen on your way to work!) will educate you, tell stories about the people behind the grapes, and teach you why it's important to pay attention to what and where you consume. Laughter, food & wine pairings, and surprise guests will abound.


Episodes

  • Ep. 23 A Trip to Bandol in FranceHelen was in France a few weeks ago and had the absolutely pleasure of visiting a region called Bandol in South of France. We are talking history, grapes, vibes and It’s all about Helen's visit to Chateau Saint Anne and what happened there. what’s...
  • Ep. 22 The Truth About Vegan and Vegetarian WineWineface is back with new episodes every Thursday! Today, Helen is joined by Wineface OG, Madison 'Mad-dog" Martin on her final day at Helen's Wines. Helen and Mad-dog break down what makes a wine vegan or vegetarian- and more importantly, what does not, and discuss the age old question- if Meryl Streep were a wine, which would she be?
  • Ep. 21 Bonus Episode: Spring Break Wines!It’s that time of year when we need a break, maybe it’s a week, maybe it’s a day, but spring break is important! On this episode I am pairing wine with several popular spring break activities as well as talking about my current obsession aka wine of the week! Season two is back in April, but this is a little spring forward teaser :)
  • Ep. 20 What’s the deal with Sangiovese? Italian red wine unveiled!Sangiovese! The great red Italian grape! It’s so good, but what’s it all about. Opening the second Helen’s in Brentwood in Los Angeles has brought about a lot of revelations for me about how people shop and how they drink. The love of Sangiovese...
  • Ep. 19 Wine 101: An Intro to Wine EducationIn today's episode, Helen begins breaking down the intimidating world of wine knowledge. She tackles natural wine vs. conventional wine, the truth about aging your wine, and commonly misused buzz words. Grab a pen for this episode filled with useful...
  • Ep. 18 Intro to Burgundy France: Chardonnay & Pinot NoirTake a toe dip into Burgundy in France!!! It's one of the most intimidating parts of France for people to understand, but this is the intro to the puzzle. Brief overview of geography, why it's so special, history and vibes. 
  • Ep. 17 A Conversation with The Scotty CunhaHelen sits down with celebrity hair stylist, Scotty Cunha and the two discuss...well just about everything! The talk east coast living and why buying grocery store wine is a sin. They may have actually covered too many topics but one thing is for...
  • Ep. 16 Entertaining at Home 101: What To Do With The DrinksHaving people over is hard, let's start to make it a little bit easier for you! How to set the bar, what to serve, where to set it up, wines for small dinners, wines for large dinners- throw a holiday rager! 
  • Ep. 15 What Is Orange Wine? And Why Is It So Awesome?Orange wine aka skin contact/ extended skin contact white wine is definitely gaining popularity, but what is it and how is it made? This episode of Wine Face is a quick run down on the history, practices, vibes & current obsessions for all things...
  • Ep. 14 BEAR SKIN RUGEvery person should know what Loom in Los Angeles is because it's genius and should know Erica Chidi Cohen who is the co-founder and CEO. It's about women's health but there is information for everyone. I invited Erica to come talk about Wine &...
  • Ep. 13 ZEV&DARYLZEV&DARYLZev Rovine is a badass wine importer based in New York. Daryl Nuhn is the wine director at Gem in New York. Together they are Zev&Daryl, a couple so sweet we had to write their name twice! I met them in Sicily on a wine trip in June and we became...
  • Ep. 12 SWEET TREATS: Wine & Cookies (guest Claire Thomas)Claire Thomas from the Kitchy Kitchen & Sweet Laurel Bakery brought some AMAZING cookies for us to pair with wine....and it was a wild ride! I didn't bring one sweet wine at all and I paired the wines blind, as in I have never had her cookies...
  • Ep. 11 The Most Soignee Man in HospitalityThrowing down some Non traditional family gathering wines with the one and only Robert Pratt, Maitre D of Thomas Keller's The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Get some PRO tips from the ultimate service guru & some tasting notes/ pairings...
  • Ep. 10 Helen's Wines x Ghetto Gastro Part 1 of Many!!Jon Gray from Ghetto Gastro came by the studio to talk about his Bronx based food collective Ghetto Gastro that is taking the world by storm. We tasted through some fall entertaining wines, talked about growing up in New York, swapped ideas ...
  • Ep. 09 My Sweet Baby GamayGamay, gameasy, makes you feel so breezy!! Intro into the prime time gamay zone in France: Beaujolais. These wines that are transformative are also usually best served soon after release, they’re the hit of every fall dinner party table. Plus! My...
  • Ep. 8 Everybody Needs A Good BasicBasics aren't bad! On this episode of Wine Face we discuss types of wine in broad strokes and what they mean. Terms like: White wine, red wine, sparkling wine, orange wine, rose wine- OH MY! Get the 411 that sets you up for success!!  ...
  • BUZZWORDS- the LIVE edition!!Mad Dog and I taught a wine class at DBA all about Buzzwords and we recorded it live! We took questions! We got off topic and then we got back on topic! This episode is all about building your vocabulary to talk about wine in ways that make sense and...
  • Ep. 6 The OG PairingsWhat is the deal with food and wine pairings? Delve into Helen's history with pairings, how food and wine inspire each other and raise each other up, if you use the right approach. Bethany Kocak is in the house chopping it up about how the wine...
  • Ep. 5 Wild & Free with WenzelLet’s dip a toe into the wild waters of Austria!! Michael Wenzel’s family has been making wine for 600 years... casual! One of many explorations into this often overlooked and misunderstood region. Plus! Shout out to ATM who made our music! Alex,...
  • Ep: 4 She’s Over SummerHelen is over summer! Well, almost. This episode explores the best wines to accompany the transitioning seasons and where to find them.
  • Ep: 3 France is my HandIt's time to get to know France one step at a time- starting now! A twenty minute crash course into the primary wine making regions in France that you need to know and loads of juicy tidbits about each place. Get jiggy with it & BONJOUR!!
  • Ep: 1 This is the Intro to the introI’m Helen owner of Helen’s wines!! Let’s peel back the onion on the realities of conventional mass produced wine versus the Gems of the Gems made with purpose and intent. Get a quick 411 peak into my world at Helen’s wines that’s starts with...
  • Ep: 2 Sicilian Adventure aka end the party with SpaghettattaIn June I went to Sicily and it changed my mind. I’m gonna take you through the areas I visited, the winemakers we jammed with and I invited Courtney Storer the chef at Jon & Vinny’s to swap facts about her Sicilian adventure as well!!
  • Wine Face: TrailerHelen Johannesen from Helen's Wines in Los Angeles is breaking down the ins and outs of wine: How it’s made, why it's important, what you should drink, and why people often make it so damn elitist. Fifteen minute wine classes (Listen on your way to...