Los Angeles' Helen Johannesen is a wine rock star. Her refreshing take on a male-dominated industry rife with elitism and a snobby, codified lexicon has made drinking wine fun again. As longtime beverage director and partner of the Jon & Vinny’s restaurant family, owner and curator of her own wine shop on Fairfax avenue, and the effervescent personality behind an all-things-wine-but-mostly-natural-wine podcast, Johannesen tastes a lot of wine.
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So what does this new-age sommelier use to drink up? Below are her top picks to keep the wine flowing at home and on the go.
"These Austrian wine glasses are some of the classiest but most approachable glasses on the market. Mouth-blown glass? YES PLEASE! It takes the wine to the next level!"
"We've all been there: You want to beach hang with your favorite bottle of rose, but the ice keeps melting, the wine gets hot...problem solved! Cool your wine down before departing, pour into the Corkcicle, and you are set with icy wine on the beach."
"This is our signature wine key at Helen's Wines. It's sturdy, chic and fabulous. We also sell them engraved on our site."
"I love to use this glass for serving wine at a garden party. It's not technically a wine glass, but its high walls allow it to be the perfect low-key grass-loving wine glass."
"If I need a decanter, I like to keep it simple with this beauty. No need for a crazy octo-phallic decanter over here."
"The perfect basket for transporting wine to a friend's house, to the beach, to the backyard, from the wine cellar to the dining room table, or to collect the empty bottles at the end of the night!"
"Keeping wine at the right temperature is so important! Investing in proper storage is key!"
"If you have a bar area in your home, in addition to a wine fridge (or in lieu of if you only have a few bottles on hand), this mini fridge is chic and functional. Perfect for some Topo Chico, lemons, limes, a few bottles of wine, some beer, and maybe olives for snacks."
"I love putting out self-service wine bars at my house—it allows guests to control their own destiny throughout the night. A bucket like this is a statement piece and also allows for three to five bottles to be kept on ice at the same time."
"Keeping the wine bar mobile is perfect for park barbecues. Yetis are reliable and keep the vino icy icy cold for a hot hot barbecue day!"