The Black Wine Guy Experience


New Sensation! How Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross are championing a whole different side of Australian wines.

Season 2, Ep. 24

MJ’s guest this week is Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross, the creators of LEGEND Imports. Jane and Jonathan share a combined six years of work in Australia’s most renowned restaurants, and nearly 40 years in the wine industry. Jane has worked at many prestigious restaurants and bars, such as The Violet Hour (Chicago), The Catbird Seat (Nashville), Eleven Madison Park (New York) and Attica (Melbourne).

In 2018, Jane passed the Master Sommelier exam, becoming one of only 35 women in the world to do so. 

Jonathan was a member of the award-winning wine team at Eleven Madison Park starting in 2012, and held the title of Head Sommelier from 2015. In Australia, Jonathan took on the role of Beverage Director for the premium restaurants of the world-renowned Rockpool Group. 

In 2020, Jane and Jonathan returned to the U.S. and started LEGEND Imports, a new wine import and wholesale company that brings the very best of Australian wine to the American market. 

MJ dives deeper into the artisanal Australian wine scene during his conversation with Jane and Jonathan, including the sampling of a 100 year old Port by Seppeltsfield that was absolutely gob smacking delicious!

Grab a glass, pop a cork and get cozy for this one folks. 

A huge thank you to Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross!

Follow LEGEND Imports on IG @auswinelegends 

Discover LEGEND Imports producers and partners at: 

This episode’s in studio wine:

2012 Henskens Rankin of Tasmania

1920 Seppeltsfield Centennial Collection

___________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! 

Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.

For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at

Follow MJ @blackwineguy 

Thank you to our sponsor Wine Spies! Get a discount for being a listener of the show by going to:


Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media.


More Episodes


LIVE from The DTC Symposium

In this episode, MJ recorded on location at the Free the Grapes Direct to Consumer Symposium in Concord CA with his good friends from The Winemakers Pod Bart Hansen and Sam Coturri! We hope you enjoy these conversations.Hugh Scallon of Vayner Media. https://vaynermedia.comSteve Gross, VP, State Relations, Wine Institute  https://wineinstitute.orgJason Hass of Tablas Creek www.tablascreek.comShana Bull is a Digital Storyteller + Marketing Educator, and Children’s Book Author https://shanabull.comShae Frichette and her husband were living in Southern California when they met and got married. They wanted to move closer to family in either South Carolina or Washington. They used the flip of a coin to determine they would relocate to Washington. They wanted to create a business that would give them goosebumps. With a little research and cheerleading from friends, they decided to go into wine. www.frichettewinery.comRoss Halleck planted the Halleck Vineyard in 1993, one of the first in the hills of Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County. The primary intent for this vineyard was to serve as a college fund for our three boys, Connor, Adam, and Quinn. Of course, a passion for Pinot led the charge. www.halleckvineyard.comBarbara Gorder is a consultant and Owner Undisclosed Location, Inc. Over the past 20 years, she has helped to build and design some of the world’s most powerful brands. She has broad marketing and advertising expertise across all channels and disciplines with an emphasis on new technologies.  Barbara is Kino chair for the direct to consumer wide symposium. https://www.unlo.com_____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor: Rare Liquid. Rare Liquid is setting a new provenance standard for the rare wine & spirits industry. Utilizing the untapped potential of Web 3.0 Rare Liquid is building a community of artisans producers, technology and logistics professional all to serve the needs of next gen wine collectors.Learn more at Rare LiquidFollow Rare Liquid on IG @rareliquidclub