75 episodes

Wine Face breaks 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 elitist. Wine Face features thoughtful interviews with chefs, winemakers, celebs, and some exciting enthusiasts, as well as entertaining opportunities to help listeners learn a new fact or two for their next trip to the wine shop, or even to help plan their next dinner party.

Helen Johannesen is a partner at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles, and the owner of Helen’s Wines, the gem box retail wine shop in the back of Jon & Vinny's locations. Helen is the Beverage Director for all Jon & Vinny’s associated restaurants. She hosts wine classes, runs a curated wine club, and was named Best New Sommelier by Food & Wine in 2016.

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    • 4.8 • 224 Ratings

Wine Face breaks 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 elitist. Wine Face features thoughtful interviews with chefs, winemakers, celebs, and some exciting enthusiasts, as well as entertaining opportunities to help listeners learn a new fact or two for their next trip to the wine shop, or even to help plan their next dinner party.

Helen Johannesen is a partner at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles, and the owner of Helen’s Wines, the gem box retail wine shop in the back of Jon & Vinny's locations. Helen is the Beverage Director for all Jon & Vinny’s associated restaurants. She hosts wine classes, runs a curated wine club, and was named Best New Sommelier by Food & Wine in 2016.

    Top Gail! Best Day Ever with Gail Simmons

    Top Gail! Best Day Ever with Gail Simmons

    National treasure Gail Simmons of Top Chef fame Zooms with me all the way from New York. She’s a fabulous chef, a judge on one of my favorite shows, and literally, pure joy exudes from her at every moment. Tune in while we taste some dope wine and dish on her life from Top Chef, to fashion, to recipe writing, to her favorite food cities around the world.
     
    Featured Wines: 
    Phelan Farm, Cambria, Central Coast, California, Gamay, 2021
     
    Visit Helen’s Wines for more information.
     
    Hosted by Helen Johannesen.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 35 min
    Wine + Thanksgiving

    Wine + Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Wine Face to you and yours. Before you start baking your bird, mashing your potatoes, and popping your bubbly, let’s look at all the different wine choices that will have your friends, family, and food singing. I’ll also share my favorite turkey recipe (shout-out Alison Roman!), my favorite way to use T-Day leftovers, and my wine pairing pro-moves, including an exotic bottle to go with your holiday pie. 
     
    Head to the blog at Helen’s Wines for this week’s Cocktail Corner recipe: Helen's Sbagliato
    Featured wines: Hiyu Wine Farms
    Gamay
    Bugey Cerdon, demi-sec sparkling rosé
     
    Visit Helen’s Wines for more information.
    Hosted by Helen Johannesen.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 23 min
    Screw Cap Club with What’s Gaby Cooking

    Screw Cap Club with What’s Gaby Cooking

    Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking is a literal wiz in the kitchen, has the best energy, and is one of the most real ones to chat with. In this episode of Wine Face, we talk about culinary school, rosé pasta, motherhood, and just loving all things food and wine.
    Featured Wines: Le Boncie, Cinque, Rosso di Toscana, Sangiovese/Colorino/Mammolo/Foglia Tonda/Ciliegiolo, 2020
    Hosted by Helen Johannesen.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 25 min
    How Wine is Made: The Good, the Bad, the “Natty”

    How Wine is Made: The Good, the Bad, the “Natty”

    I support and love all kinds of wine, but I think it helps people to understand wine as an agricultural product if we start with what is and is not considered a “Natural” wine. Listen, I really don’t like labels, but we gotta break it down before we build it back up! Winemaking dates back thousands and thousands of years but it’s since been industrialized as technology and society-advanced. As an unregulated product, mass-produced wine can have some questionable additives, animal by-products, and absurd amounts of sugar without any indication or notification on the label. But not all wine is created equal. Let’s do a “Deep Dive” episode on what a natural or “natty” wine really is, what are the exceptions, and what are my rules and best practices on how to order and shop for wine.
    Head to the blog at Helen’s Wines for this week’s Cocktail Corner recipe: Apple Cider Spritz.
    Visit Helen’s Wines for more information.
    Hosted by Helen Johannesen.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 25 min
    The 411 on Your Host: Helen

    The 411 on Your Host: Helen

    Sommelier. Business owner. Podcast host. My journey into the wine world wasn’t a straight line. With a few colleges and brief career stops along the way at a collections agency, a top chef’s restaurant, and the Court of Master Sommeliers, I carved out my own niche in the industry. Find out how I came to be a partner in six businesses, run a bustling wine club, and serve as a Sommelier to Hollywood’s biggest stars. Hosted by Helen Johannesen.
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 24 min
    What’s NOT in the Bottle ft. Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power

    What’s NOT in the Bottle ft. Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power

    Longtime friends Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power started their wine brand Avaline five years ago. What might have started as a way to understand what organic wine really meant has now turned into an exciting passion and business. Cameron and Katherine sit down with me to discuss the brand’s inception, reception, and, of course, drinkability, on today’s Wine Face. Hosted by Helen Johannesen.
    Featured Wines:
    Avaline Cabernet Sauvignon
    Avaline Rosé
    Wine Face listeners can use code WINEFACE for 15% of their order at drinkavaline.com
    Produced by Dear Media.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

Christiana Morgenroth ,

SHE’S BAAAACK

so glad Helen’s home! it’s killer to learn about wine from someone who’s fun to be around, excited for the return of this pod!

NikkiSueAnn ,

Helen’s Wine Brand as a Whole

It’s easy to listen to the podcast and think - Helen knows her wine, and I want to support her business and purchases her wines. Don’t do it. The customer service on the business side is awful, read the online reviews. I placed an order for a gift box well in advance, Helen’s wines forgot to ship it, shipped it late and then fed me some dishonest story that didn’t align with the documented order or shipping details. Offered nothing to make the situation right.

In one episode Helen bashes Wholefood’s wine. I will say, my customer service experience is hands down better at Wholefoods than Helen’s wine shop.

Listen to the podcast but actually buy organic wines somewhere else where the business is gracious for its customers and provides honest stellar customer service.

madison lyle ,

the podcast that actually made me pay attention to wine

My husband is obsessed with wine podcasts and I generally find myself a little bored with them. Helen makes wine exciting and fun to learn about and love the entertaining tips!! She’s of course introduced us to some BOMB wine, I am actually in love with Meinklang Frizzante Rosé - thank you, Helen! Hoping for new episodes in 2021!

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