Pinot Palooza - A Touring Pinot Noir Festival
October 8, 2017
Looking for a near perfectly orchestrated and curated, traveling and rocking Pinot Noir experience without pretentious bullshit and a focus on taste?
Look no further.
The minds behind Revel / Bottle Shop Concepts plotted to get you hip deep in the finest Pinot Noirs produced in the Southern hemisphere, crowd surf the mosh pit of the most enticing, enthralling, sexy, silky, suave and sophisticated grape variety on the planet; Pinot Noir.
Revel is an organization whose organisation whose purpose is to change the way people around the globe engage and connect with wine and food.
The credo the informs Revel’s activities it that it should be fun first, facts second, engaging and inspiring and never the tired old take on wine education and tastings, with a focus on creating experiences that people learn from.
Event juggernaut Pinot Palooza already operates in nine cities and brings world class Pinot Noir to more than 25k people in 2017 and in November this year, Singapore will be added to the event roster.
Tokyo and Hong Kong are on the agenda for Pinot Palooza in 2018 with USA quickly to follow in 2019.
With stops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the festival will also feature local chefs and producers offering pinot-ready snacks to go with your favourite drops, with the likes of Epocha making an appearance in Melbourne, Porteño rocking the pans in Sydney and Blackbird feeding Brisbane.
The Burg Bar will be pouring an extensive range of premier cru Burgundies to add to the unlimited tastings on offer for all festival-goers.
Keeping with festival tradition, sommeliers and winemakers will again create Pinot Playlists, a selection of tracks played throughout the day that complete the rocking pinot-tasting experience.
Some Pinots that tickled our palate in just the right places were grown in Western Australia, which is remarkable, as it is known to be a grape that does not tend to do so well in the heat.
Below & Above Wines are a contract grape grower; they produce small batches of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under their own label. These wines are produced from low yield vines. Together with their viticulture practices and winemaking, they aim to produce the best expression of their unique vineyard.
The cool climate, high rainfall, high elevation and Karri Loam soils informs the character of the Pinot of their region.
As a guide the event and the wineries present at the Sydney incarnation were colour coded according to the wine regions and the colour determined whether the Pinot was either light, medium or fuller flavoured - a reference for the style of Pinot the region tends to produce.
The camouflage of the floor plan guided you from Light Red (generally more ethereal, lighter in colour, high-toned, perfumed. Sexy and seductive) via Dark Red (perhaps a little stand-offish at the start but once you get to know them, they’re full of character. Certainly some flesh on the bones) to Purple (more fully charged and fuller flavoured styles).
The Wine Selectors Pinot Sessions offered ample opportunity to get close with the Wine Selectors team as they shared tales of Pinot from across the vinous lands. Sessions included a Victoria versus Tasmania stand-off with two regions that showcase the rapidly climbing quality of Australian Pinot via
A session on how Pinot travels across Australia and the influences it picks up from the people and personalities behind the respective leading wine regions.
Offering a taste for the new and emerging regions rapidly climbing the charts with the
Giving Pinot’s sexy sister act of Rosé and Fizz a forum with the
Summa summarum a wine fest that lives up to its alliterative name:
Not unlike a music festival, there were many different stages, styles and artists to check out and explore throughout the day with 250+ artists, i.e. wines, to sample.
Photos by KAVV
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