19 Aug Pinot Palooza – August 2017
Jumping out of bed on a wintery Saturday for pinot?.. Standard.
One Saturday in August – for the third consecutive year wine man Dan Sims [Bottle Shop Concepts] and his bearded band of many will descend on Perth with a tribe of Pinot producers on their nation wide tour of Pinot Palooza. It’s a clear ‘make wine fun’ ruling from the boss at morning briefing and that’s precisely what occurrs. No droning on, no woven webs just a simple concept that has had well over 1000 Perth wine lovers out to get amongst ANZAC pinot and it’s flag bearers, all day. Love Pinot Palooza!
This year Palooza was held in the grand foyer of QV1 at the top of St. George’s Terrace. Food trucks kept us fed and unassuming angels kept us watered, the rest of it was ALL PINOT. Around the room were local WA noir stars like Paul Nelson’s Karriview / 3 drops / Flor Marche / Moss Wood and Castelli. These guys held court on the day and re-affirmed their special place in the parochial hearts of the crowd. Nelson poured the first release pinot from his newly acquired Karriview. His wine from Denmark’s earliest vineyard was a favourite and Paul also had two well cellared older Karriviews from the 94 and 99 vintages…?Needless to say he was a popular boy on the day.
Some of the biggest pinot guns travelled in this year to keep the local guys on their toes. Curly Flat, Crittenden, Moorooduc, Kooyong, Yabby Lake, Bannockburn, Piper’s Brook, Stefano Lubiano and Mt Difficulty are just a few household labels that brought the thunder. Perth’s crowned winner of the people’s choice award was Vinteloper out of South Australia. Dave Bowley, you legend!
There were off-shoot events surrounding Pinot Palooza this year. Wine centric Perth bars and restaurants extended the fun times and gave the travelling producers even more reason to want jump on board for future WA events. One of the stand-outs was a Pinot/Chardonnay smack down dinner between Curly Flat and Paul Nelson at Il Lido Italian Canteen in Cottesloe on the Sunday evening. Delicious.
Anyone serious about Pinot (meaning everyone at Palooza!) needs to get around Burgundy, the undisputed meca for the grape in Central France… and viola! The event runs a Burgundy Bar hosted by local sommeliers all day so you can get your ‘old world’ mineral fix and contemplate moving your spouse and kids to Europe for more of this sh^t!
So, when you hear the drums for next year’s Pinot Palooza in August 2017, consider your rights as a citizen, blow off your indoor tennis and grab a glass Perth, you need it.