About Us


Where do you go to hear the top wine experts casually chat about exciting happenings in their food & wine world? Right here at SommTalks. We host interviews with these creative, inquisitive and passionate wine personalities, catching a glimpse of their life, daily work and exciting discoveries. Virtually taste wine and find out about the exciting new developments, flavors and tastings.


A veteran multi-media journalist and Certified Sommelier, Laura Levy Shatkin has spent the past 18 years crafting fascinating stories on food, wine, spirits, and travel. After a decade as Restaurant Critic and Wine Guru at Chicago Reader, Laura moved into Broadcast TV and video with WineTasteTV.com and “Taste” on NBC5 Chicago. She was nominated for a Peter Lisagor Journalism award and is now a freelance content creator in traditional media, digital media strategy and the blogosphere.

Most recently, Laura was the Digital Media Consultant at Make It Better Magazine and is currently A regular contributor to Tribune newspapers, including Chicago and six other East-coast newspapers, along with Somm Journal. She has also contributed to Chicago Sun-Times, Today’s Chicago Women, Chicago Social, Preiser Key and Wine & Spirits. She relishes in digging deep into issues to provide intriguing factual yet entertaining coverage of her passions: food, drinks and travel. For fun, Laura also holds wine tasting parties for corporations, celebrations, clubs and groups of friends.

Who doesn’t love hearing the inside stories about the wonderful world of wine? Subscribe here to SommTalks and hear journalist and host Laura Levy host the most engaging, entertaining and informative audio show on wine. Please subscribe to the Podcast here and share the episodes with your friends via Facebook and Twitter. Take us with you in your pocket by subscribing on your mobile device for hours of endless wine entertainment. We are the one and only: SommTalks!  Thanks for joining us.