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ZenWine: Wine with Kat

ZenWine: Wine with Kat

By Kat Shapiro

This is a journey of wellness through the lens of wine. I share my personal stories of triumphs, tribulations and epiphanies paired with wine of the world. Take a deep dive into the culture, flavors, and people that make these wines possible; all while learning the lessons along the way. My name is Kat Shapiro, and this is ZenWine. Please visit ZenWineClub.com for more wine and wellness.
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Don Leo & Making a Difference
Don Leo & Making a Difference
Hello my friends! Today's wine is the magical Don Leo 2019 Cabernet Shiraz blend from the legend himself, Francisco Rodriguez Gonzalez! He is the best enologist in Mexico and he was kind enough to share 3 bottles of wine with me. It was a pleasure being part of the Mexico International Wine Competition and I am blown away at the quality, expressiveness and umami character of this wine. Also, take part in a small meditation to land in our bodies and use our breath as a vessel of hope, to move forward with strength, grace and solidarity. 
34:51
July 02, 2022
Wine Competitions and Purple Teeth
Wine Competitions and Purple Teeth
They're Back! Trade shows, wine competitions and the booze-soaked industry that gets to pour once again. I share my personal experiences as a wine judge, trade professional and a human being that strives for balance and wellness. I believe that it can be a tough landscape for wellness to thrive in the wine industry but there is a discipline and confidence that comes from choosing to remain true to ourselves. I hope you enjoy! Cheers!
36:34
June 05, 2022
Deep Dive: Sherry & Living with Grief
Deep Dive: Sherry & Living with Grief
Today's episode is a boozy doozy. I take you through the history, culture and styles of Sherry wines and what makes them so unique. Understand the winemaking process of these fascinating wines, the history and how they have been able to rejuvenate the category among drinkers of all ages. It wouldn't be wellness if we didn't go into the shadows of our grief and discussing why it's so important to feel these feelings and come back stronger, resilient and ready to take action. 
55:41
May 30, 2022
Paul Dethune & Divine Love
Paul Dethune & Divine Love
Join me for a very special episode!  2011 Paul Dethune Grand Cru Champagne is in the house and we are taking a real sip on the nuances of Champagne as a wine of place, quality and tradition. Join me for a special and unique episode of the Wine with Kat podcast. 
33:42
May 22, 2022
Forlorn Hope & Not Fitting In
Forlorn Hope & Not Fitting In
Today's episode is about the misfits- the rebels-the people that don't fit in the patriarchy box! Hell yes to Forlorn Hope and their mission of growing underdog varietals and making misfit wines from their glorious site in Calaveras County in the Sierra Foothills. Limestone soils and 2000 meters bring a natural acidity, brilliant aromatics and an off-the-beaten-path attitude. If you like mainstream wines, chances are these aren't for you! Join me in not fitting in to what the world wants you to be- and rejoice in our special true nature. Cheers and fight on! 
34:14
May 15, 2022
Crazy Mary & Rising from the Ashes
Crazy Mary & Rising from the Ashes
It's time to leave self-doubt in the past, my friends! Let me give you a warm welcome back to the Wine with Kat Podcast. This episode is about Crazy Mary and rising above our fears to live the life of service and purpose. Cheers!
31:53
May 05, 2022
Bleeding Hearts & How to Taste like a Somm
Bleeding Hearts & How to Taste like a Somm
My loves, this is a tasty episode! Today we are discussing the Science of Sensory and why it is so important to have a mindful approach when it comes to wine tasting. I truly believe that everyone can be their own expert wine taster! 'How to Taste like a Somm' is budding into a 2-hour class that will be taught for the first time in April and I share an overview of how the class will be structured. No wine today, just coffee for this bleeding heart because this budding entrepreneur is working hard and shedding stale, limiting beliefs to in turn become better at the job but also better at life. Wine and wellness can truly go hand in hand. 
37:14
March 06, 2022
Humility, The Ripple Effect & The Brilliant Lingua Franca Chardonnay
Humility, The Ripple Effect & The Brilliant Lingua Franca Chardonnay
Lingua Franca is the universal language that connects us all. It is from the Jory soils of Eola-Amity and the 66-acre Larry Stone vineyards in the gorgeous Willamette Valley. This Estate Chardonnay 2018 has Asian pear, night blooming jasmine, tangerine skins and oyster shells that bring brilliance, finesse and decadence to the table. Larry Stone is one hell of a guy, and he and his Burgundian team has created the most dynamic wines in Oregon. Today's zen is maybe not so zen because we have to honor the humility of owning our triggers and reactions. In this episode we feel the anguish that is human suffering. Their problem is our problem. We feel and breathe together because it's an extraordinary time to be alive. If we have the luxury of wine then we have the necessary path to keep showing up in love, joy and our best selves. One moment at a time. 
39:20
February 27, 2022
Free From Fear with French Malbec
Free From Fear with French Malbec
Today's episode is possibly a tad lighter than the rest! Fun, everyday French Malbec and the family business reminds us to live free from fear by living our true nature and knowing that we are infinite. Chateau les Croisille Silice 2019 is a rustic, coffee driven, tart cherry kind of wine with cloves and great acidity to boot. From Iron rich and sandy clay the wine was brought up in 6 months tank and 6 months in oak barrel. Kat discusses the ways we live free from fear- it starts with accepting and loving this messy life!! Cheers to you and the beautiful being you are. Cheers!
42:60
February 20, 2022
Being Worthless and Kopke 1985 Port
Being Worthless and Kopke 1985 Port
My friends, this is a juicy episode with the insanely delicious 1985 Kopke Colheita Port. This is a birth year wine and with a birth year comes some great healings and teachings. Being on a wellness journey also means that we have to look into the shadows and follow the triggers down the rabbit hole. In this episode, Kat shares her truths about deeply rooted feelings of worthlessness that was passed down from generations before her in Mexico City and the great need we have to understand our own story. Most importantly, bringing love and empathy to the equation is the recipe to forgive those that before us and heal ourselves now. Cheers, my loves. 
41:34
February 13, 2022
Neutralizing Burnout with Beaujolais
Neutralizing Burnout with Beaujolais
This week's episode is all about how to live and thrive in a continual state of burnout. Kat explores 5 ways to heal and be well, even when we are tired and overworked. She celebrates the collective exhaustion with the beautiful Anne-Sophie Dubois Les Cocottes, the cru Beaujolais that ignites high flying fruit and a solid structure to ground us. It is a blessing to chew on the ways we can get better, and we toast to great wine. cheers!
34:04
February 06, 2022
Taking Up Space with Wafflart Blanc de Noirs
Taking Up Space with Wafflart Blanc de Noirs
Accepting ourselves for all our parts is a process of unlearing, setting boundaries and taking time to take care and take up space. In this episode, it's Kat's birthday weekend so she reflects on the miracles that have come her way and exciting new projects that have come through. She also examines the 'why' behind her striving and realizes that when we come from a place of insecurity, things don't run smooth. Taking up space means leveraging the wisdom and power that is all around us, including this stunning Wafflart Antoniolli Blanc de Noirs Champagne! It's the perfect birthday wine, so I invite you to open something fantastic this weekend. Let's cheers and honor the beautiful life we get to live. 
30:41
January 30, 2022
Manifesting Miracles with Matthiason Cabernet
Manifesting Miracles with Matthiason Cabernet
Want to attract more miracles in your life? Well this is the episode for you! Gaining so much inspiration from Matthiason Napa Valley Cabernet 2018, where hippies and Napa collide. Old school and old world style, this refined and elegant cabernet is like a sunny, 75 degree day. It's eucalyptus with an ocean breeze. It's young but has so much to offer now. Also offered in this episode is 5 tangible steps to bring miracles into your life every.single.day. Happy manifesting my winos! 
35:40
January 23, 2022
My Tool Story with Caduceus Primer Paso
My Tool Story with Caduceus Primer Paso
My friends, the Tool journey began 21 years ago in San Diego on Halloween night. It continues today with the sweet and heavy sounds of Maynard James Keenan. But now it isn't just for the ears, it's for the mouth! Caduceus Primer Paso 2017 is Arizona fruit that brings elevation, stony cobbles, and Italian blends to our table. Maynard expresses his creativity with many arms of his entrepreneurship and we revel in the journey. My own journey of serendipities is a trip and worth sharing, too! Cheers to Tool and Caduceus Cellars.  
30:55
January 16, 2022
The Anti-Resolution with Mayacamas Chardonnay
The Anti-Resolution with Mayacamas Chardonnay
We are one week into the new year and guess what, and it's still true that healing and human-ing is not a linear path. In this episode Kat shares her journey through a depressing start to the year and how she managed to turn her gray into finding more ways to express joy, love and creativity. Through her curations she realized that the mundane moments of life carry the most punch. The epiphany that there is not epiphany or perfect life to come. In this moment is where the magic lies! And what other magical wine than Mayacamas Chardonnay! We love this Mount Veeder Chardonnay from high elevation Napa. Welcome high-volume intensity with bright tropical, orchard and white blossoms. Cheers to gorgeous and expressive Chardonnay from the legendary wineries in Napa. Cheers!
30:21
January 09, 2022
Crown On with Spanish Mountain Wines
Crown On with Spanish Mountain Wines
Happy new year! It's the first podcast of the year and we are moving forward with our head held high and crowns on. Today is an exploration of Castillo de Mendoza Reserva 2016. Tempranillo that sees a modern view in a traditional world that delivers full, expressive flavors that show the level of quality coming from Spain. Crown on is a meditation visual that Kat shares with you, a way to align with the energy of the universe and co-create your experience and the life you dream of. Cheers!
31:26
January 02, 2022
Cornas for a Compassionate Christmas
Cornas for a Compassionate Christmas
It's Christmas time! You know what that means; food, wine and lots of everything. Kat savours a bottle of Domaine Lionnet 'Terre Brulee' for three days, allowing for complex feelings to arise and be here. She takes a look at what it means to be compassionate to ourselves and be eager for the future. Thanks for listening and see you in the New Year for more wine and wellness from ZenWine! 
32:23
December 26, 2021
Finding Light in the Dark with Brunello
Finding Light in the Dark with Brunello
In this episode Kat shares the cool news of the re-brand of the ZenWine podcast, now called 'Wine with Kat!' We talk about the legendary wines of Brunello di Montalcino while enjoying the 2016 La Torre. It's been a wild ride opening a wine business and as we wrap up 2021 we discuss the ways that we can take a personal inventory of our lives. It's wines that these that bring on some captivating emotions and we are eager and grateful to move forward. Life is getting so much better! Cheers!!
30:39
December 12, 2021
Cerasuolo di Vittoria & Finding Calm in Chaos
Cerasuolo di Vittoria & Finding Calm in Chaos
The time has come! ZenWineClub.com is live and we have an online wine club!! The dream has manifested into reality and today's episode is all about finding meaning and calm in the chaos of life. The first wine feature is from Sicily and we are so proud to feature Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2019. This wine is certified organic, light in body and heavy in flavors. Nero d'Avola and Frappato bring wild red berries, herbs and mushroom compliment the sticky, fine tannins and truly give meaning to delicious Italian wine. Cin Cin!
28:23
December 05, 2021
Rosa Bella and Building the Dream
Rosa Bella and Building the Dream
In this episode Kat has a beautiful rosato from the iconic Piemonte producer, G.D. Vajra. This 2020 rose has all the delights that brings energy, freshness, wild strawberries and raspberries. It's a great time for rose (yes, even during Thanksgiving week!) because the family run business is built on hustle, resilience and team work. Similarly, to build a dream in our own life requires the dedication and thick skin to persevere, even in chaos and noise. This is a heartfelt episode as Kat's father is quickly approaching the end of his life, simultaneously as the business is about to launch. Grab a glass and listen!!
33:08
November 21, 2021
Furmint & Finding Your Warrior
Furmint & Finding Your Warrior
The noble grape variety of Hungary keeps shining with the 2017 Márga from Szent Donát Winery, Balatonfüred-Csopak Region. It's key ingredient being the famous indigenous grape of Tokaj, Furmint! This wine was skillfully crafted by Tamás Kovács, one of Hungary's winemaking stars. The wine is power and finesse with vibrant flavors of apricot flesh, honey, orange blossom and a kiss of mineral and saline. It's an electric wine that has strength and ease, which is a fabulous lesson to look at our own lives. How do we step into finding our inner warrior? It's a hearty dose of strength, resilience and tuning into the inner knowing. The beauty of this wine is that it shows the complexity and quality of Hungarian varietals and winemakers. Cheers!!!
32:27
November 14, 2021
Mexican wine and How to Lose a Loved One
Mexican wine and How to Lose a Loved One
In this episode we take a trip to Mexico’s food and wine Mecca, the one and only..Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe! Kat had the honor of taking part in the Mexico International Wine Competition and subsequently fell in love with the people and wines of Mexico. Also with the excitement of upcoming wine regions, Kat shares her personal journey of her father who is sick and dying. This is a personal story of how to stay present and compassionate through hard times.
23:56
November 07, 2021
The Three Tier System and Narcissism
The Three Tier System and Narcissism
Today's wine and wellness is brought to you by the complicated matter of selling alcohol and the beverage industry! The three tier system is a checks and balances. Tier one is a brewery, winery, importer and tier two is the middle man of the wholesaler and distributors. The final tier is the restaurant and retial system which then sells the product to the consumer. The people that drink it! We also chat about the ways to stay healthy and loving with narcissism all around us. Cheers to the art of life through wine🍷❤️
26:17
October 31, 2021
Winemaking, Getting Rejected & a Meditation
Winemaking, Getting Rejected & a Meditation
Today's wine and wellness topic is on how to handle rejection to authentically move on without pain or resentment. It happens to all of us and it doesn't have to throw us off course. Also in this episode is how to make a red wine, every step involved on how red wine is made, from the vineyard to the press to the bottling line and out the door. It is a process and there are a lot of choices a winemaker can make along the way. No surprise that the wine in the glass today is another Chardonnay, this time from the Mark Ryan family. It is not easy to get rejected, but we can do so with grace, compassion and resilience. Cheers!! xx
28:51
October 23, 2021
Chardonnay & Releasing Judgement
Chardonnay & Releasing Judgement
Chardonnay is one the the most popular and sought after international grape varieties. It has the potential to make world-class and stunning wines; especially from the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. In today's episode we sip white burgundy and discuss the constraints of judgement and how it runs our lives. Find freedom in releasing our judgements and allowing life and people to unfold the way it is. From the inspiring vintage of 2017, Kat drinks Meursault from the Premier Cru vineyard of Les Cras and reflects on how to find love in brilliant wines, and life. 
28:60
October 20, 2021
Fining Wines & Fining Ourselves
Fining Wines & Fining Ourselves
Fining wines is a common practice to help produce a bright, brilliant, clear and stable wine. in this episode Kat talks about the methods of clarification and the pros and cons of going all natural. The beauty of wine is that it always relates to how we can improve the clarity of own experiences, how we can fine tooth comb our own sediment so we can live happy and a quality life. Cheers!!
28:49
October 11, 2021
Blind Tasting and Keeping the Faith
Blind Tasting and Keeping the Faith
Everyone should blind taste wine! Join Kat as she goes on the flavor journey of blind tasting, because blind tasting isn't only for wine professionals. The practice of blind tasting can be a doorway into mindfulness, focus and a discovery of your sensory systems in your body. It's also incredible tool for developing your palate and finding the wines you love to drink! Using the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 4 SAT- Systematic Approach to Tasting- Kat decodes the methods and reasoning to make quality conclusions about blind wines and how to keep the faith in order to make progress. Cheers!
30:10
October 03, 2021
Chenin Blanc and How to Not Lose your Sh*t
Chenin Blanc and How to Not Lose your Sh*t
Chenin Chenin Chenin. That's my goal! This is a delicious episode including a 2016 Arnaud Lambert Clos David. 100% Chenin Blanc is from the Saumur appellation in the Loire Valley, France. The flavors of the wine are just as bright as the tips of how to maintain a calm mind and peaceful life in the midst of chaos. It starts with cultivating harmony in the land, and ends with celebrating the wins... in wine, and in life. 
23:28
September 26, 2021
We Sat By the Ocean and Staying Inspired
We Sat By the Ocean and Staying Inspired
In this episode Kat talks about 'We Sat by the Ocean' by the Lu & Oly label of Mark Ryan Winery. This Viognier/Chardonnay blend from Olsen Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA is sure to inspire you to uncover what brings you more gratitude and joy. That's also todays wellness discussion is how to get into your inspired vibe and not just how to get in the flow but noticing and having mindfulness about being in flow. This world is intense, and it's our job to do the work to uncover who we really are and let our lights shine! Thanks for tuning in, until next time, be well and stay toasty!
23:10
September 19, 2021
Hungarian wine and Knowing Your Own Worth
Hungarian wine and Knowing Your Own Worth
This episode is all about the rebirth of Hungarian wine and Knowing Your Own Worth. This country has been first place on the world of wine scene centuries ago, but now is showing up, to show the world what makes Hungary truly special. Being part of the Carpathian basin in central Europe, this land locked country is known for the oldest, sweetest, botrytized wines that are called Tokaji Aszú. The pendulum is swinging and the new generation is here, making new styles of wine and revitalizing almost extinct varieties. Hungary is taking it's rightful place in the world of wine and just like them, we should too! Knowing your own worth is so important in living a life of wellness and vitality.  The two featured wines in the episode are St. Donat Magma Kékfrankos 2018 and Heumann Trinitás Villányi Franc 2016.   Cheers! Kat
50:27
June 13, 2021
La Spinetta and Creating your Dream Life
La Spinetta and Creating your Dream Life
In this episode, Kat shares the story and passion of the Rivetti family that has the world of wine drinkers under its spell. Passion, creativity and ambition are the lessons of how we create our dream life. This is a story of passion, hard work and a relentless vision for growth. Creating your dream life takes humility, respect and ambition; which is the vibe of this Piemontese superstar producer. The wines of this episode are the 2013 'Pin' and 2019 Piccolo Derthona Timorasso. Today's ZenWine lesson, keep working toward creating the life of your dreams. Cheers!
27:53
May 15, 2021
Sherry and Owning Your Power
Sherry and Owning Your Power
In this episode Kat discusses the unique and captivating wines of Jerez; the delicious wines of Sherry. Take an exploration to southern Spain and understand the winemaking in this unique category of wines. This episode also uncovers the ideas of how to own your power, everyday. Cheers!!
47:41
May 04, 2021
Barbaresco and the Heart-led Hustle
Barbaresco and the Heart-led Hustle
In this episode Kat shares a beautiful 2013 Bordini Barbaresco from Cascina Longoria. She touches on the uniqueness of the region, along with the special nature of Nebbiolo. She also talks about the Heart-led Hustle, and how listening to your intuition and a self-care practice can change your life. Cheers
38:49
March 18, 2021
Austin Hope & The Joys of Meditation
Austin Hope & The Joys of Meditation
In this episode Kat shares the juicy and bold 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Austin Hope in Paso Robles and the benefits of a daily meditation practice. She also spends a moment celebrating the life of wine legend, Steven Spurrier. Cheers!
37:36
March 11, 2021
Alto Moncayo & The Horrors of Winesomnia
Alto Moncayo & The Horrors of Winesomnia
In this episode Kat features the delicious old vine Garnacha from Bodegas Alto Moncayo! She also shares the keys to living in balance with wine consumption and the horror of winesomnia. Cheers! 
39:33
March 04, 2021
Deutz and the Four Pillars of Wellness
Deutz and the Four Pillars of Wellness
In this episode Kat features the delightful Deutz NV Brut Classic style of Champagne. She also covers the process of second fermentation in the bottle, or the traditional method of sparkling wine. Kat also talks about the four pillars of wellness and how to integrate them into your daily self-care practice. Cheers!
54:44
February 25, 2021
Primitivo and Lowering your Expectations to Raise your Vibe
Primitivo and Lowering your Expectations to Raise your Vibe
In this episode Kat takes you on the journey to Puglia, the Southern Italian region known for rustic, everyday wines. She features Cantina Sampietrana 2018 Primitivo from the Salento IGP. Join her as she tastes this Puglia gem while unpacking the idea of lowering your expectations in life and using that as a way to raise your vibe. Cheers!
40:30
February 18, 2021
Madeira & The Journey to Diploma
Madeira & The Journey to Diploma
In this episode Kat shares her 2 year journey through the WSET Diploma program while tasting the New York Malmsey from the Rare Wine Company Historic Series. Enjoy!
52:05
February 10, 2021
Barbera and Boundaries
Barbera and Boundaries
In this episode, I am drinking 2016 Seghesio Barbera d’Alba from Piemonte and discussing the crucial skill of setting boundaries. Setting boundaries with family and friends can make a huge difference in our self care. Cheers!
22:59
November 29, 2020
Australia | Part 1
Australia | Part 1
In this episode we discuss climate, viticulture and winemaking styles of Australian wines! With a mini meditation to ground and find calm. Cheers!
37:15
October 06, 2020
Napa
Napa
In this episode I discuss the iconic Napa Valley; the history, the land, the wines and the producers. With a sprinkle of encouragement to be your true authentic self. To take up space, unapologetically. Cheers!
17:04
September 21, 2020
Tuscany
Tuscany
Viticulture, Winemaking and Wine styles of Tuscany.
09:06
September 07, 2020