Adelaide, are you ready to wrap your lips around some of the finest wines in the world? Get along to Pinot Palooza at Morphettville Racecourse next Saturday 11 August to soak up delicious drops from Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
As we get pumped for Pinot, we chat to REVEL Founder and CEO (the brains behind Pinot Palooza) Dan Sims about how a love of this delectable red has led to a nation-wide festival.
1. For the people afraid to ask… what is Pinot and how do you pronounce it?
Easy. Pee – No!
2. Where did it come from and where is it best grown in Australia and around the world today?
Traditionally, it comes from a region called Burgundy in France and it dates back well before the 1400’s. It is now planted all around the world, yet here in Australia, it prefers cool regions such as Tasmania, the Yarra Valley, Mornington and the Adelaide Hills. In New Zealand, you can find it in Central Otago, Martinborough, Marlborough and North Canterbury.
3. In your opinion, what makes Pinot so special?
It’s the grape variety that excites me the most, and the variety that can disappoint me the most. It will always make you come back for more. Being lighter bodied (in comparison to shiraz), it’s easy to drink and goes with a range of different types of food and all occasions. It is my go-to wine and I doubt I will ever get bored.
The other thing is there are so many different styles within the grape variety. So you have the full range from light, to more medium bodied and fuller flavoured.
4. What should a novice wine lover look when tasting and finding a good Pinot?
The most important thing with any wine tasting is to ask yourself if you like it. Seriously. If you can figure out what you like, why you like it and be able to tell someone, you’re honestly 3/4 of the way there.
When you think about wine, think of it in terms of style – is it light, full bodied or somewhere in between? No matter your wine knowledge, we can all pick wines based on those three styles.
5. Pinot is known as a fabulous food wine – what dishes could and should you serve Pinot with?
It really does go with so much but the classic match is duck. But a roast chook is always a favourite, too… and then there’s pork. If you’re drinking sparkling Pinot Noir (champagne) – oysters!
6. Can you name your top five Pinots to look out for at Pinot Palooza and why they are so great?
It’s impossible to pick just five! But the Top 5 People’s Choice from last year are a great indication of the various styles on tasting. The top 5 were, Moondarra (Gippsland, Vic), Vinteloper (Adelaide Hills, SA), Mt Difficulty (Central Otago, NZ), Henschke (Adelaide Hills, SA) and then Yabby Lake (Mornington Peninsula, Vic).
You’re invited to drink your way across the globe and giddy-up to the tunes from local DJs Skin Contact on the decks.
All general admission tickets are $60 and include a take home Plumm RED wine glass (valued at $35) and unlimited wine tastings. Feeling extra fancy? Snap up a VIP ticket and party like a rockstar with fizz on arrival, unfettered access to tastings and the winemakers and an extra hour of party time for $95. Be quick, this one is always a sellout.
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