Exploring Australian Wine with Jane Lopes
Air Date: Wednesday, January 10th 2023
Are you ready to uncork a wealth of knowledge and passion for Australian wine?
In today's episode, Nashville-based sommelier, author and importer Jane Lopes takes us on a journey through the lesser known wines of Australia!
Jane shares with us what sparked her interest in Australian wine and how that spark led to her and her husband importing Australian wine into the US and the formation of their import business, Legend.
Jane also shares her passion for education in the wine industry and how that led to her authoring the book Vignette: Stories of Life and Wine in 100 Bottles and later, the book How to Drink Australian that she co-authored with her husband Jonathan Ross. Her approach to writing these books was to weave wine education with captivating storytelling to make wine knowledge accessible and enjoyable.
And you won't want to miss when Jane takes us on her journey through her time working in some of the top restaurants where she would get creative in her approach to pairing wines with dishes, including unique combinations like mixing wine with sour beer or sake. She may just inspire you to elevate your dining experiences with out-of-the-box pairings!
Jane Lopes has worked at New York's Eleven Madison Park, Nashville's The Catbird Seat, Chicago's The Violet Hour, and most recently as the wine director at Attica, one of Australia's most celebrated restaurants. Jane was featured on Esquire network's 2015 television series Uncorked, which follows six New York City sommeliers in pursuit of the Master Sommelier title (which Jane attained in 2018). In September of 2019, Jane finally put her University of Chicago literature degree to good use in publishing her first book, a personal and educational guide to wine called Vignette: Stories of Life and Wine in 100 Bottles. In 2020, Jane and her husband Jonathan Ross co-founded their own Australian wine imports company: Legend. Jane’s second book, How to Drink Australian (co-authored with her husband), published in September 2023.
Are you ready to dive into the fascinating world of Australian wine and discover some hidden gems? If so, grab a glass of wine and press play!
Connect with Jane
Website - https://janelopes.com/
Import Company - https://legendaustralia.com/
Buy Vignette - http://smarturl.it/VignetteBook
Buy How to Drink Australian - https://howtodrinkaustralian.com/
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