116 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 • 235 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.

    Goodbye for Now....

    Goodbye for Now....

    It's not goodbye... it's more like a case of see you later! With great thought and some sadness, I have decided to suspend the production of Wine Face. I do believe in my heart that it will come back in another form in the future. It has given me so much joy to talk to amazing people and educate people about wine. It's a special world and I am grateful to have existed in it. Talk to everyone soon :)




    Hosted and Executive Produced by Helen Johannesen.

    Produced by Dear Media.

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    • 9 min
    Behind the Hospitality Curtain with Arjav Ezekiel

    Behind the Hospitality Curtain with Arjav Ezekiel

    When I was in Austin, Texas for Dear Media IRL — my friend Pia Baroncini took me to an incredible restaurant and I was just blown away by the space, the service model, and the wonderful co-owners, Arjav Ezekiel and his wife Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel. So when I got the call Arjav was in LA, I had to get him on the podcast to talk about his vision for Birdie's, his hospitality philosophy, and his approach to curating a wine list. Everyone please check out their Austin spot when you visit Texas — you will not regret it!




    Hosted and Executive Produced by Helen Johannesen.

    Produced by Dear Media.

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    • 37 min
    LIGURIA 411

    LIGURIA 411

    The gorgeous Mediterranean coastline of Liguria, Italy isn't just one of the most special places on the planet. It's one of the most intricate wine regions in the galaxy. The grapes are hand-picked, the approach is natural, and the terroir is... daunting to say the least. Let's talk about my dream trip to the region and which winemakers I want to meet when I visit.




    Hosted and Executive Produced by Helen Johannesen.

    Produced by Dear Media.

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    • 15 min
    30 Minutes with Chiara Pepe from Emidio Pepe!

    30 Minutes with Chiara Pepe from Emidio Pepe!

    I am thrilled to sit down with the head winemaker for the iconic Abruzzo winery — Emidio Pepe. Chiara Pepe is following in her iconic grandfather’s footsteps in innovative farming and OG naturalistic wine making techniques. every time we stock Emidio Pepe in Helen's Wines, we sell out. That's how incredible their biodynamic, hand-harvested, and perfectly aged wine really is!!! 




    Hosted and Executive Produced by Helen Johannesen.

    Produced by Dear Media.

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    • 39 min
    From the Cellar: France is my Hand

    From the Cellar: France is my Hand

    We’re digging back through the Wine Face episode cellar to revisit a few of my favorites — like this one:




    It'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!!




    Hosted and Executive Produced by Helen Johannesen.

    Produced by Dear Media.

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    • 26 min
    From the Cellar: BEAR SKIN RUG

    From the Cellar: BEAR SKIN RUG

    Every 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 & Women & Wine & Sex & Wine & Your Partner. It's lit. We talk all about Bear skin rug wines. I brought three wines to discuss but sadly one was corked! Shit happens!!! We discuss Bordeaux & Some funky little love pinot. Wines to chug versus wines to sip! 

     

    Wines we discussed:

    2017 Vincent et Marie Tricot, Les 3 Bonhommes, Vin de France, Auvergne, Pinot Noir

    2011 Chateau Massereau, Graves, Barsac, Cab Franc/Cab Sauv/Merlot/Petit Verdot

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

Sarie R Jay ,

Love wine? Get into this!

Not only is Helen’s voice soft and soothing, her knowledge sharing is unpretentious and full of passion. I’m loving the helpful information on which wines to select and what language to use when inquiring about wines. I feel smarter already with my fresh wine face. 🍷

itsyagirlemma ,

My comfort pod

This is the gold standard for equal parts fun, informative, accessible. I listen to this when I’m stressed w other things and somehow I can not pay attention while also feeling very engaged while also feeling like I leave w knowledge and new recs. Thank you Helen!

mvelasco07 ,

A must-listen!

Recently discovered Wine Face and I am hooked! Each episode is packed with insightful content, actionable ideas, and tangible tips. I learn something new every time I tune in. Thanks so much Helen for putting out such an incredible podcast - keep up the great work!

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