September 27, 2023

Episode #736 – A Down-Understanding of Australian Wine Featuring Luminary Jane Lopes

This week, Grape Encounters presents a “Down-Understanding of Australian Wines” like never before! Now, in our 15th year in the world of broadcasting, we continue to bring you stories, people, and adventures that revolve around one common theme – wine. But today, we’re setting our sights on a world of wine that doesn’t get nearly the attention it richly deserves. Today, we’re taking a deep dive into Australian wine.  Figuratively, that is.  And we have a true superstar to guide us!

Our guest for this week’s show is Jane Lopes, the co-author of the brand-new Australian wine Bible, “How To Drink Australian.” You may be asking yourself, why Australia, and why now? Well, wines from Down Under have never been more exciting, and celebrating the vibrant and extraordinary wine scene that’s been fermenting there is long overdue.

Exploring the World of Australian Wine with Jane Lopes

Jane Lopes is a wine luminary, a sommelier extraordinaire, and a master storyteller in her own right. Born in California’s most revered wine country, Napa Valley, Jane’s journey into the world of wine began as she graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Renaissance literature. From the pages of literature to the exquisite notes of fine wines, Jane’s path was set.  Her career has taken her on a thrilling journey through some of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic establishments, including legendary Eleven Madison Park in New York, where she contributed to achieving the restaurant’s top ranking on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best List.

But that’s not all; in 2018, Jane shattered the glass ceiling by becoming one of the few women globally to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam and the only woman from Australia. Her remarkable journey culminated in the publication of her first book, “Vignette: Stories of Life & Wine in 100 Bottles.”  In 2020, Jane and her husband, Jonathan Ross, ventured into the wine import business, bringing many of the finest Australian wines to the United States. Now, she’s here with us to share her insights, experiences, and the excitement of Australian wine, all found in the pages of her latest collaboration, “How To Drink Australian.”

Unlocking the Mysteries of Australian Wine

How To Drink Australian is no ordinary wine book. It’s a captivating journey that takes you state by state, region by region, through the diverse and dynamic world of Australian wine. Each section offers a tantalizing glimpse into the evolution of wine in that region, the unique terroir, and the charismatic wine styles that have emerged.  Jane and her husband, Jonathan, delve deep into the heart of each region, bringing you insider knowledge and insights.  To aid you in your Australian wine adventures, “How To Drink Australian” includes a comprehensive glossary and a directory of the most influential producers in the region. These profiles offer further insight into the significance of these winemakers within their respective areas.

Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier, a budding wine enthusiast, or simply someone looking to embark on a vinous voyage, this book is your passport to understanding and savoring Australian wine in all its glory. It’s a testament to the incredible diversity and quality that this region has to offer, and Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross are your expert guides.  Without further ado, it’s time to tune in to Grape Encounters Radio Episode #736. Join David as he sits down with the remarkable Jane Lopes to discuss her extraordinary career, the fascinating world of Australian wine, and the insights you’ll find in “How To Drink Australian.”

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