If you want a lively, memorable, and fascinating lesson about Australian wine, there’s no one I’d rather listen to than Jane Ferrari of Australia’s Yalumba. She’s a winemaker, communicator, and storyteller. I had the chance to sit down to dinner (the winery’s treat, BTW) with her on a bustling Friday night at Seattle’s Wild Ginger to record an episode of my Wine Without Worry podcast.
Ferrari not only dives deep into the history of Australian wine but also into food and wine pairing. It’s a live lesson on matching the wines of Yalumba with the Asian-inspired cuisine of Wild Ginger.
Jane Ferrari: Winemaker/Commuincations Yalumba Wines
Some of the topics discussed:
- How Yalumba pioneered Viognier in Australia
- Ribs and Viognier: A good idea or regrettable?
- Debunking Shiraz as monolithic and massive
- The biggest misconceptions about Australian wine
Here’s the show:
I’d also like to give a special shout-out to the 2013 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier. Wine-Searcher has it for under 20 bucks, which is an astounding value. It has the richness and the gorgeous aromatics of heights only Viognier can reach. Yet it avoids the pitfalls of many Viogniers: oily and overbearing. Boo! This white wine is extremely highly recommended!
Jane Ferrari photo courtesy Yalumba