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Vignette: Stories of Life and Wine in 100 Bottles

Jane Lopes

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Hardie Grant Books
04 September 2019
Memoirs; Cookery, food & drink; Wines
'One of the most spellbinding wine books I have ever read.' Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com Sometimes we just want someone to hand us a bottle of wine. Sometimes we want to learn more about that wine. And sometimes we want to feel something about wine.

In Vignette, sommelier Jane Lopes recommends the 100 bottles of wine (and some spirits and beers) to best expand your wine journey, giving you a complete palate education of the important styles, grapes, regions, and flavours of this magical and ever-growing world. Alongside that, you will find imaginative ways to engage with the foundational wine knowledge that underpins a good drinking experience. And then there is Jane's own narrative - the stories of triumph and defeat that comprise her life in wine. It's part memoir and part wine book, but a lot more fun than either alone.

These are wines to live with, learn from and take solace in - a joyous, surprising, and revelatory response to that age-old question, What should I drink?
By:   Jane Lopes
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 190mm, 
Weight:   1.090kg
ISBN:   9781743795323
ISBN 10:   1743795327
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   04 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jane Lopes is an American-born sommelier. She has worked at New York's Eleven Madison Park, Nashville's The Catbird Seat, and Chicago's The Violet Hour, and she is currently the wine director at Attica, Australia's most celebrated restaurant. In September of 2018, Jane passed the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, becoming the only woman in Australia to do so, and one of only 34 women in the world (and 274 people in total since the 1960s). Jane has finally put her University of Chicago literature degree to good use in publishing her first book.

Reviews for Vignette: Stories of Life and Wine in 100 Bottles

'Readers journey through a complete palate education of the important grape varieties, regions, and flavours from around the world. But Lopes also has a way of drawing you in to the highs and lows of a professional wine career. Vignette is part memoir and part wine book, and an all-out joy for anyone who has found a passion for something and struggled, willingly, to make it his or her life.' -- Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, Best wine and spirit books for the season 'Vignette, by Jane Lopes, is a different sort of sommelier story, this one centred on a determination to compete for the coveted title Master Sommelier. While the book is ostensibly concerned with how one studies and absorbs the skills of service, knowledge and tasting, wine fades as other matters become paramount. Bits of wine education are threaded throughout and are easy to digest, though in the end it's Ms Lopes' story, right to the shocking postscript, that keeps one engaged.' -- Eric Asimov, The New York Times, top drinks books 2019 'Lopes' impressive debut work is as much candid and compelling memoir as wine guide, and deserves to be read cover to cover. She has come up with wonderfully novel ways to present information that make even already knowledgeable readers see the subject anew.' -- Max Allen, Australian Financial Review 'This is a love story. A real love story with all the mess and misunderstanding, stalling and slip-ups and tears and glory that entails. It's a love story between two people (yes, dear reader, she married him), it's a love story to wine, it's a love story to life, to triumph in adversity, and a love story to the small, meaningful things.' -- Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com 'One of the most spellbinding wine books I have ever read. This is a love story, with all the mess and misunderstanding, stalling and slip-ups and tears and glory that entails. It's a love story between two people (yes, dear reader, she married him), it's a love story to wine, it's a love story to life, to triumph in adversity, and a love story to the small, meaningful things.' - Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com 'Lopes' impressive debut work is as much candid and compelling memoir as wine guide, and deserves to be read cover to cover. She has come up with wonderfully novel ways to present information that make even already knowledgeable readers see the subject anew.' - Max Allen, Australian Financial Review 'Vignette, by Jane Lopes, is a different sort of sommelier story, this one centred on a determination to compete for the coveted title Master Sommelier. While the book is ostensibly concerned with how one studies and absorbs the skills of service, knowledge and tasting, wine fades as other matters become paramount. Bits of wine education are threaded through and are easy to digest, though in the end it's Ms Lopes' story, right to the shocking postscript, that keeps one engaged.' - Eric Asimov, The New York Times, top drinks books from 2019 'Readers journey through a complete palate education of the important grape varieties, regions, and flavours from around the world. But Lopes also has a way of drawing you in to the highs and lows of a professional wine career. Vignette is part memoir and part wine book, and an all-out joy for anyone who has found a passion for something and struggled, willingly, to make it his or her life.' - Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, best wine and spirit book for the season 'Vignette is an enthralling medley of education, emotion, and wonder. Through the lens of one of the world's most thoughtful (and accomplished) sommeliers, the reader not only learns about 100 classic wines but also grows a genuine attachment to them through Lopes' personal anecdotes. Whether a novice wine drinker or a master sommelier - you will love this book' - Victoria James, sommelier and author, Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rose 'This is such a unique and wonderful book. Jane invites you in, takes you on a journey, and before you know it, the journey has become yours. Along the way you'll drink many delicious things, learn a ton, have a boat load of fun, and, importantly, find your own truth about wine. Jane's story telling is clever, playful, and exceptionally well designed all of which renders the complex clear, quick, and intuitive. May we also say, Jane is one courageous human. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow as a professional. She's tackled the most daunting situations with aplomb, proving herself a person of true character and substance. She's one of the finest wine professionals in the world.' - Richard Betts and Carla Rzeszewski 'Seeing Jane in action in the dining rooms of Eleven Madison Park and Attica, it's no wonder why she is a world-wide force through wine. She has an ease, yet grace about her. This is her super power - her ability to invite you in, to adore an unassuming bottle, a story, a history, a vine, a craft through the simple ease of a single sip or a smile.' - Christina Tosi, chef, owner Milk Bar, author 'Working with Jane in the dining room at Eleven Madison Park I got to see firsthand the incredible approach she took in talking with our guests about wine, almost tricking them into learning through her thoughtful and playful storytelling. In this exceptionally creative book, she does more of the same, bringing hospitality to the world of wine education by making it personal, fun and engaging to learn.' - Will Guidara, Eleven Madison Park 'Jane Lopes is as brilliant an author as she is a sommelier. Vignette is a rare work of impassioned storytelling, love, vulnerability and regeneration that will inform, engage and delight any student of wine at any point in her or his journey. It is also a newly seminal educational wine book and must-read for anyone either looking to impress friends at dinner parties or pass a notoriously difficult exam.' - Jordan Salcito's, founder of Drink Ramona, sommelier 'Jane has written the most honest and accurate books I have read on life, love, and alcohol. Essential reading for anyone who drinks to learn.' - Jason Wise, writer and director of SOMM'I'm certain by reading this book you'll learn to love wine - if you don't love it already - in the same way that I did: from Jane. The future of wine is women.' - Ben Shewry, Attica 'In her brilliant, utterly personal book, Jane Lopes offers not only the knowledge of an expert sommelier, but also makes the reader realize wine that is a beautiful window to the world, inside and outside.' - Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier, Best Sommelier of France, author and winemaker


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