Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross have been named Wine Communicator of the Year for their new book, How to Drink Australian.
The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) awards were announced in Sydney last night.
The judges described the book as “perhaps the best example of this kind of book ever written”.
“The fact that Jane and Jonathan are flying the flag for Australian wine in the important US wine market is an added bonus,” the judges say.
“They possess that unique combination of education, both having passed the prestigious Master Sommelier exams, life experience, having curated fine dining wine lists in Australia and the US, before starting their own wine import business, as well as the ability to communicate and pass on that knowledge and passion.”
Jane and Jonathan say in the book that the Australian wine industry “is every bit as deserving of the scholarship that the historic wine regions of Europe receive”.
“There’s never been a more exciting time to drink Australian wine… and it is perhaps the most exciting country in the world to be drinking from right now.”
WCA executive chair Angus Barnes says, “Last night’s awards ceremony was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate excellence in communication.
“Whilst the wine industry is experiencing some challenges write now, the ability to communicate widely and effectively is absolutely critical.”
The overall Wine Communicator of the Year is chosen by the WCA Board from the category of winners.
Previous winners have included the Cellar Door Team at Oliver’s Taranga, Trish Barry, Barossa Grape & Wine Association, Max Allen, Gill Gordon-Smith, Katie Spain and Jeni Port.
Jane Lopes & Jonathan Ross
Best Wine Marketing Communication Campaign (Individual or Team)
Liquid Luxury by Stanton & Killeen
Best Wine Blog or Podcast
Wine with Meg + Mel Podcast
Best Published Feature Article or Wine Column
Best Serial Wine Publication
The Quinta Quarterly by Stanton & Killeen
Best New Wine Book
How to Drink Australian by Jane Lopes & Jonathan Ross
Best Wine-Themed Event
Pinot Noir Celebration Australia 2023
Best Wine Communicator – Cellar Door
Jodhi Thoms, Elderton Wines
Best Wine Educator
Robin Shaw, Wine Tourism Australia
Best Wine Student
Cassidy Shaw, The University of Adelaide
Overall Winner– Wine Communicator of the Year
Jane Lopes & Jonathan Ross (Authors, How to Drink Australian)
Sam Cooper, Stanton & Killeen
Photos credit: Nicholas Mamone – The M1 Group.