47 episodes

Everyday Wine with Kris Levy is your chance to get unfiltered access to up-and-coming winemakers, sommeliers, and celebrities alike in the world of wine. Tune in every week to grow your fascination and understanding of wine, while hearing stories from people who have turned their passion for wine into their life pursuits. Get an inside look at different aspects of the complicated and often misunderstood world of wine, and become a wine hero to your friends, family, and community. If you're ready to understand more about what's going on inside your glass, then this show is for you!

Everyday Wine with Kris Levy Kris Levy

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Everyday Wine with Kris Levy is your chance to get unfiltered access to up-and-coming winemakers, sommeliers, and celebrities alike in the world of wine. Tune in every week to grow your fascination and understanding of wine, while hearing stories from people who have turned their passion for wine into their life pursuits. Get an inside look at different aspects of the complicated and often misunderstood world of wine, and become a wine hero to your friends, family, and community. If you're ready to understand more about what's going on inside your glass, then this show is for you!

    Ep. 46: Building a Family Business while Crafting Rhone Varietals in Napa Valley with Chuck McKahn

    Ep. 46: Building a Family Business while Crafting Rhone Varietals in Napa Valley with Chuck McKahn

    Welcome back to another episode of The Everyday Wine Aficionado Podcast, today let me introduce you to Chuck McKahn, Owner and Winemaker at McKahn Family Cellars
     
    Chuck is a small town kid from Ripon in California's Central Valley.  He caught the wine bug very early at the age of 15 (supervised by his parents of course!) and after high school made his way to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Wine and Viticulture program.  In 2011 Chuck moved to the Napa Valley to work for Phillip Titus at Chappellet and has since moved onto winemaker posts at William Harrison and various smaller wine brands.  Chuck's family and he started McKahn Family Cellars in 2014 where he was fortunate enough to craft Rhone varietal wines, a personal passion of Chuck's. Chuck and his wife Brittany live in Napa and their favorite hobby is drinking Champagne.
     
    Let’s dive into his wine story!
     
    [00:01 – 10:11] Opening Segment
    Chuck shares his wine origin story Choosing Cal Poly because of its proximity to the beach, studying wine, and identifying his wine career path  
    [10:12 – 16:49] McKahn Family Cellar’s Humble Beginnings
    Chuck’s Biggest Takeaway from Chappellet Know what you’re doing and know what you don’t know in a vineyard Blending Must-Knows Talking about wine more deeply and sharing the knowledge through starting McKahn Family Cellars  
    [16:50 – 37:06] Building a Family Business while Crafting Rhone Varietals in Napa Valley
    Wine Evolutions at McKahn Family Cellars A Unique Charcuterie Aroma in Chuck’s Rhône WineVarieties The biggest challenge is because they are Rhône WineVarieties! Chuck talks about their wines  
    [37:07 – 42:59] Closing Segment
    Learn everything you need to grow your wine, business, or brand with Wine Business Bootcamp where I help other wine producers master the fundamentals of digital marketing, nail their customer experience, and convert more wine tasters into their wine clubs and other offers. Just send me a dm or email at kris@krislevy.comwith the subject: Wine Business Bootcamp Favorite Wine Sparkling wine Favorite go-to pairing Desert wine and something salty Sparkling wine and oysters Wine Resource The Wine Bible The Story of Wine  
    Connect with Chuck
    Instagram: @mckahnfamilycellars, @chuck.mckahn.wine
    Website: mckahnfamilycellars.com
     
     
    Let’s continue the Everyday Wine Conversations and connect with me through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or feel free to shoot me an email at kris@krislevy.co. You can also check out my website at ​www.​klevywineco.com.
     
    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help us get the word out there! Share this podcast to someone who wants to join the wine conversations. Go ahead and take a screenshot, share this to your stories, and tag me on Instagram!
     
    JOIN THE CLUB through this link and handpick wines every month, from up and coming wineries, winemaker owned brands and wineries with unique stories while supporting those wineries directly. You can also join our Facebook Group to connect with other wine lovers, get special tips and tricks, and take your wine knowledge to a whole new level.
     

    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “Knowing what you’re doing and knowing what you don’t know in a vineyard are so important.”  - Chuck McKahn
     
    “It takes time to be successful in the wine industry.”  - Chuck McKahn
     
     

    • 43 min
    Ep 45: The California Fruit, Korbel Champagne with Paul Ahvenainen

    Ep 45: The California Fruit, Korbel Champagne with Paul Ahvenainen

    Welcome back to another episode of The Everyday Wine Aficionado Podcast, today let me introduce you to Paul Ahvenainen of Korbel Champagne Cellars.
     
    Paul began his career at Korbel Champagne Cellars in 1985, shortly after his graduation from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Enology, and two years of experience working as a distiller for a subsidiary of French Cognac producer Remy Martin. Having gained extensive experience working in Korbel’s laboratory, cellar, grower relations, and as an Assistant Winemaker, as well as teaching wine chemistry at Sonoma State University, Paul was promoted to the position of Winemaker prior to the 1996 harvest.
     
    He has been essential to the growth, production and consistent quality that has earned Korbel recognition and numerous gold medals throughout the years. He credits his successful tenure to having the opportunity of working with a talented, creative, and quality-oriented team, all working together to produce the winery’s great products. 
     
    Let’s dive into his wine story!
     
    [00:01 – 07:41] Opening Segment
     
    I introduce our guest for this episode The cool parts of the wine industry that caught Paul’s interest What Not to Do in the Wine Industry Brandy is just distilled wine  
    [07:42 – 16:41] Korbel Champagne Cellars
     
    Korbel was not really about wine Paul tells the story of Korbel Korbel’s struggles with their first wines  
    [16:42 – 35:15] The California Fruit, Korbel Wines
    The Champagne Wine Market Korbel changes every time for the better High Quality that is Affordable: The Wine for All The Secret to Korbel’s wines and champagnes  
    [35:16 – 40:18] Closing Segment
     
    Learn everything you need to grow your wine, business, or brand with Wine Business Bootcamp where I help other wine producers master the fundamentals of digital marketing, nail their customer experience, and convert more wine tasters into their wine clubs and other offers. Just send me a dm or email at kris@krislevy.comwith the subject: Wine Business Bootcamp Paul plays the Tasting Round Connect with Paul at https://www.korbel.com
     
     
    Let’s continue the Everyday Wine Conversations and connect with me through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or feel free to shoot me an email at kris@krislevy.co. You can also check out my website at ​www.​klevywineco.com.
     
    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help us get the word out there! Share this podcast to someone who wants to join the wine conversations. Go ahead and take a screenshot, share this to your stories, and tag me on Instagram!
     
    JOIN THE CLUB through this link and handpick wines every month, from up and coming wineries, winemaker owned brands and wineries with unique stories while supporting those wineries directly. You can also join our Facebook Group to connect with other wine lovers, get special tips and tricks, and take your wine knowledge to a whole new level.
     

    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “Wine is agriculture.”  - Paul Ahvenainen
     
     

    • 40 min
    Ep. 44: How to Leverage an Understanding of Wine Economics for your Wine Business with Mike Veseth, The Wine Economist

    Ep. 44: How to Leverage an Understanding of Wine Economics for your Wine Business with Mike Veseth, The Wine Economist

    Mike Veseth (pronounced VEE-seth) is editor of The Wine Economist newsletter (WineEconomist.com) and author of more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011),  Around the World in Eighty Wines (2018) and Wine Wars II: The Global Battle for the Soul of Wine (2022). He is a sought-after speaker at wine industry meetings both in the United States and around the world.  His writings on wine and globalization have been widely praised.
     
    In this episode, let’s get nerdy and talk about micro and macroeconomics in wine!  
     
    [00:01 – 07:18] Opening Segment
     
    I introduce our guest for this episode Wine comes from places and has stories! How Mike became a wine economist  
    [07:19 – 16:36] The Professor and the Blogger  
     
    Mike Veseth versus Michael Veseth What’s in Mike’s blog? Writing Wine Wars in 2011 Leaving a mark through The Wine Triple Crisis  
    [16:37 – 22:53] The Wine Triple Crisis
     
    The Environmental Crisis The Economic Crisis The Wine Identity Crisis  
    [22:54 – 29:57] How Wineries in the 21st Century Stay on Top of Wine Economics
     
    Listen to the podcast Follow the literature in the wine industry Go to com Read The Wine Economist Blog  
    [29:58 - 34:40] Closing Segment
     
    Learn everything you need to grow your wine, business, or brand with Wine Business Bootcamp where I help other wine producers master the fundamentals of digital marketing, nail their customer experience, and convert more wine tasters into their wine clubs and other offers. Just send me a dm or email at kris@krislevy.comwith the subject: Wine Business Bootcamp Favorite Wine Riesling and Pinot Portugal Red Blend Favorite go-to pairing Riesling and cheeses Wine Resource Contacts List  
    Connect with Mike TheWineEconomist.com and don’t forget to grab your very own Wine Wars II!
    Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin: @MikeVeseth
    Facebook: @TheWineEconomist and @MikeVeseth
     
     
    Let’s continue the Everyday Wine Conversations and connect with me through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or feel free to shoot me an email at kris@krislevy.co. You can also check   out my website at ​www.​klevywineco.com.
     
    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help us get the word out there! Share this podcast to someone who wants to join the wine conversations. Go ahead and take a screenshot, share this to your stories, and tag me on Instagram!
     
    JOIN THE CLUB through this link and handpick wines every month, from up and coming wineries, winemaker owned brands and wineries with unique stories while supporting those wineries directly. You can also join our Facebook Group to connect with other wine lovers, get special tips and tricks, and take your wine knowledge to a whole new level.
     

    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “Globalization can make a wine, a brand, and a country. But, it can also hurt you and destroy you. It works both ways.”  - Mike Veseth
     
    “No one has to buy wine at all. No one definitely has to buy your wine. There are so many other choices so you need to give people the reason. You have to create the opportunity.”  - Mike Veseth
     

    • 34 min
    Ep 43: Wine MBA and WSET Diploma: a Wine Education Recipe for Success with Simone Popov

    Ep 43: Wine MBA and WSET Diploma: a Wine Education Recipe for Success with Simone Popov

     
    Welcome back to another episode of The Everyday Wine Aficionado Podcast, today let me introduce to you, Simone Popov.


    Simone Popov is a fascinating wine enthusiast who had an unconventional path into the wine industry. After working in various hospitality roles, Simone decided to pursue a wine business-specific MBA from Sonoma State.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on Simone's fascinating story and his educational path that reflects his love for wine.

    Let’s dive into his wine story!
     
    [00:01 – 06:47] Opening Segment
    Simone is on his first podcast! Simone shares his unconventional path to wine Barrel Tasting by the Wine Road in the Sonoma County Wine Association  
     
    [06:48- 20:17] Wine MBA and WSET Diploma
    Simone talks about his experience studying at Sonoma state The beautiful and nitty-gritty side of wine Why wine stories are not sold well Check out Simone’s blog, The [Wine] Dispatch Simone’s wine jobs after getting an education  
    [20:18 – 33:31] A Wine Education Recipe for Success
    Tasting Rooms and Hospitality Flips Simone’s Biggest Struggle and Failure in His Career 2022 Journey to Becoming a Jack of All Trades  
    [33:32 - 39:52] The Tasting Round
    Learn everything you need to grow your wine, business, or brand with Wine Business Bootcamp where I help other wine producers master the fundamentals of digital marketing, nail their customer experience, and convert more wine tasters into their wine clubs and other offers. Just send me a dm or email at kris@krislevy.com with the subject: Wine Business Bootcamp Favorite go-to wine after a long day Something crisp, something bright, something acidic with a lot of lifts Favorite Go-to Pairing Champagne and sashimi Wine and Vineyard Resources I'll Drink to That! Wine Talk XChateau Wine Podcast  
    Connect with Simone at https://b2w.wine and LinkedIn
    Grab your copy of Seven Days on The Wine Road Memoir
     
    Let’s continue the Everyday Wine Conversations and connect with me through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or feel free to shoot me an email at kris@krislevy.co. You can also check out my website at ​www.​klevywineco.com.
     
    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help us get the word out there! Share this podcast to someone who wants to join the wine conversations. Go ahead and take a screenshot, share this to your stories, and tag me on Instagram!
     
    JOIN THE CLUB through this link and handpick wines every month, from up and coming wineries, winemaker owned brands and wineries with unique stories while supporting those wineries directly. You can also join our Facebook Group to connect with other wine lovers, get special tips and tricks, and take your wine knowledge to a whole new level.
     
    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “I want to be able to convey a fun and interesting story that revolves around wine and really be able to bring people into the world of wine and wine culture” - Simone Popov
     
     
     

    • 39 min
    Ep 42: Growing Wine Brands and Wine Clubs Creatively with Montana Rae of The Wine Ship

    Ep 42: Growing Wine Brands and Wine Clubs Creatively with Montana Rae of The Wine Ship

    Welcome back to another episode of The Everyday Wine Aficionado Podcast, today let me introduce you, Montana Rae.


    Montana founded The Wine Ship to bring educational, engaging, and entertaining experiences to wine lovers in Colorado and beyond. She began her career in wine behind the bar and transitioned into distribution for ten years. Now, she's back to connecting with consumers through events, classes, and a brand new wine club!

    Let’s dive into her wine story!
     
    [00:01 - 08:42] Opening Segment 
    Montana shares where her love for wine started  From a sales rep to a Director of Marketing  
    [12:42 - 17:17] The Wine Ship: A Creative and Interactive Way to Learn About Wine
    What the Wine Ship is all about a hybrid between entertainment and education How Montana stays on top of everything create a system and structure for easier task delegation  
    [17:19 - 22:52]  How to Improve Your Wine Knowledge
    Montana’s wine style: Sustainable growing Find out one’s wine preference based on what they eat Get a deeper understanding of wines through education and exposure  
    [22:53 - 34:08] A Systematic Way to Grow
    Her biggest challenge as a business owner Finding balance Moving at a faster pace Montana's advice to individuals looking to make a name for themselves in the bottle or distribution industry Have a plan then work on the plan Have a marketing calendar Have a program that allows conversation around your brand What the trends are in 2022 Less brand loyalty A major change in the three-tier system operation


    [34:09 - 36:34] The Tasting Round
    Learn everything you need to grow your wine, business, or brand with Wine Business Bootcamp where I help other wine producers master the fundamentals of digital marketing, nail their customer experience, and convert more wine tasters into their wine clubs and other offers. Just send me a dm or email at kris@krislevy.com with the subject: Wine Business Bootcamp Favorite go-to wine after a long day   Beaujolais Favorite Go-to Pairing Champagne and potato chips Wine and Vineyard Resources People



    Connect with Montana at  https://www.thewineship.com/club and follow her on @thewineship and @montana.rae.sommelier
     
    Let’s continue the Everyday Wine Conversations and connect with me through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or feel free to shoot me an email at kris@krislevy.co. You can also check out my website at ​www.​klevywineco.com.
     
    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help us get the word out there! Share this podcast to someone who wants to join the wine conversations. Go ahead and take a screenshot, share this to your stories, and tag me on Instagram! 
     
    JOIN THE CLUB through this link and handpick wines every month, from up and coming wineries, winemaker owned brands and wineries with unique stories while supporting those wineries directly. You can also join our Facebook Group to connect with other wine lovers, get special tips and tricks, and take your wine knowledge to a whole new level.
     
    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “I think some people will get hung up on having to have to get the brick and mortar before you you start the business or you know, they think they have in their mind. It has to be this but there are just so many ways to you just gotta start iterating start going and start doing something. And everything else will kind of fall into place.” - Kris Levy
     
    “You can change your whole relationship with wine” - Montana Rae

    “I think for a lot of folks, they don't really know as much of what's out there simply because people like me and you, we taste a lot more wine than the average consumer because we're in the business. So that's another part of it is like exposure to the stuff.” - Montana Rae

    • 36 min
    Ep 41: Exploring Bordeaux and Collecting Wines from a Consumer Perspective

    Ep 41: Exploring Bordeaux and Collecting Wines from a Consumer Perspective

    Welcome back to another episode of The Everyday Wine Aficionado Podcast, today let me introduce you to Ben Mesa, a headhunter that loves great wine! 
     
    Let’s dive into his wine story!
     
    [00:01 - ] Opening Segment
    I introduce our guest for this episode Ben Mesa comes on the show as a consumer! How Ben got started with wine The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Wine Regions Virginia is on the map!  
    [08:23 - 18:20] Bordeaux is Every Wine Lover's Dream
    Ben's Wine Travels A Champagne-filled France Trip How Ben fell in love with Bordeaux The Culture and Atmosphere of Bordeaux  
    [18:21 - 29:59] Wine Investing Know-Hows
    Have the conversation with the winemaker Wine as an investment Wine storage matters Protips for Wine Investors  
    [30:00 - 36:55] Closing Segment
     
    Learn everything you need to grow your wine, business, or brand with Wine Business Bootcamp where I help other wine producers master the fundamentals of digital marketing, nail their customer experience, and convert more wine tasters into their wine clubs and other offers. Just send me a dm or email at kris@krislevy.com with the subject: Wine Business Bootcamp. Favorite Wine Bordeaux Favorite Go-To Pairing Red wine and steak Wine Resource Instagram Talking with sommeliers  
    Connect with Ben
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    The Elite Recruiter Podcast
    Decentralized Careers Podcast
     
    Let’s continue the Everyday Wine Conversations and connect with me through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or feel free to shoot me an email at kris@krislevy.co. You can also check out my website at ​www.​klevywineco.com.
     
    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! LEAVE A REVIEW + help us get the word out there! Share this podcast to someone who wants to join the wine conversations. Go ahead and take a screenshot, share this to your stories, and tag me on Instagram!
     
    JOIN THE CLUB through this link and handpick wines every month, from up and coming wineries, winemaker owned brands and wineries with unique stories while supporting those wineries directly. You can also join our Facebook Group to connect with other wine lovers, get special tips and tricks, and take your wine knowledge to a whole new level.
     
    Tweetable Quotes:
     
    “One of the things that I like to try to do is like, figure out what grape grows really good in that region. And that one grape is a good test that by the winemaker so perfect” - Ben Mesa
     
    "Good quality wine from a good quality winemaker is an investment.” - Ben Mesa
     
    "Walk away from a bad light and go learn a story about a bottle of wine." - Ben Mesa

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Stucg02 ,

Great podcast!

Awesome show that is lots of fun to listen to! Makes me wanna go drink some wine!!

mvino1 ,

Highly recommend

Killer podcast on the wine industry! Poignant, intelligent & engaged. Flowing with good energy and charisma!

Wineman1212 ,

Great Podcast and Worth A Listen/follow

I was recently a guest on Kris’ show. What a treat and really enjoyed it! Kris has a passion for wine and the wine business. Great conversations and very thoughtful questions. I have been listening to other episodes and love it. Spend some time listening to Kris, you won’t be disappointed!
Cheers!!! Luke

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