Pinot Palooza 2016 // Paringa Estate

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Back in 1984, Lindsay McCall began his incredible wine journey with the purchase of a derelict orchard on Paringa Road. With Lindsay’s passion and fascination for wine, he followed his dream to establish Paringa Estate by the mid 1980s. Give their unique Pinot a try, but only in Melbourne!

We hung out with the Paringa Estate to have a quick chat about the greatest grape in the universe, Pinot:

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Nope, they’ve been with us since 2014!

When no one is watching, I drink…

Ardbeg single malt whiskey.

My Pinots are best for…

Peninsula Pinot on a Tuesday night & The Paringa single vineyard Pinot for dinner with the inlaws.

My favourite drinking hole is…

Flinders Hotel.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Golden Plains pork cutlet, crispy belly and salt roast kohlrabi in our chefs hatted restaurant.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Melbourne!

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Clare Halloran // TarraWarra

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TarraWarra Estate is well known as a producer of exceptional Pinot Noir. Their wines are created to express the unique terroir of the TarraWarra site, which contributes unique characteristics to their wines.

They’ll be pouring their Pinot in EVERY city of the East Coast!

We caught up with Clare Halloran from TarraWarra to have a chat about all things Pinot:

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Nope, they’ve been with us the whole way!

When no one is watching, I drink…

Riesling.

My Pinots are best for…

Everything!

My favourite drinking hole is…

Wesley Anne.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Life.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane!

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Geraldine McFaul // Willow Creek Vineyard

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Established in 1989 on an old grazing property in Merricks North, Mornington Peninsula, Willow Creek Vineyard produces some amazing Pinot Noir – but you can only catch them in Melbourne!

We sat down with Geraldine McFaul to have a chat about all things Pinot:

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Yep, we’re popping their Pinot cherry!

When no one is watching, I drink…

Rose.

My Pinots are best for…

Celebrating the long-overdue legislation of marriage equality in this country!

My favourite drinking hole is…

Siglo.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

A tin of duck rillettes and some fresh croutons.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Melbourne.

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Kate Goodman // Goodman Wines & Nikkal Wines

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Goodman Wines are hand crafted from grapes grown in the Yarra Valley and Heathcote. Every vintage, Goodman Wines produce some very enjoyable wines that are always full of complexity and with great attention to detail. Alongside Goodman Wines, Nikkal Wines is the latest venture of winemaker, Kate Goodman. This range of wines is named in honour of Nikkal – the Phoenician Goddess of fruits and orchards. These wines are a celebration of the goddess, the grape and their fruitful origins. As for their Pinot, it’s known to be seductive, fresh and sexy. Taste it for yourself in Sydney and Melbourne!

We hung out with Kate Goodman to have a chat about her biggest love, Pinot.

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Yep, it’s their very first time joining us!

When no one is watching, I drink…

Tea or Bloody Mary’s, it’s a morning thing.

My Pinots are best for…

Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter it’s your choice.

My favourite drinking hole is…

How do you choose one? Madame Brussels, Bar Distasio or my back deck.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Sunsets & friends.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Sydney & Melbourne.

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Pinot Palooza 2016 // Seresin Estate

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Established in 1992, cinematographer, Michael Seresin had the vision to create “uncompromising quality and a desire to make wine as naturally as possible”. The handprint on the sentinel stone at the entrance of the winery, and on their label of every bottle, is a symbol of strength and the tiller of the soil is the mark of the artisan.

Seresin Estate join us for their second year in Melbourne and Sydney – be sure to try their Pinot!

We caught up with the Seresin Estate team to have a chat about the greatest grape on the planet, Pinot.

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Nope, they rocked with us last year!

When no one is watching, I drink…

Chardonnay.

My Pinots are best for…

Sharing over a meal (including vegetarian and vegan fare).

My favourite drinking hole is…

‘The board room’.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Thoughtful thinkers – we like to leave a question in the glass.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Sydney & Melbourne.

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Pinot Palooza 2016 // New Zealand Winegrowers

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New Zealand Winegrowers believe that New Zealand is a land like no other, and their wine is an experience like no other. Every glass of New Zealand wine is an exciting world of pure discovery. These guys will be crossing the ditch to bring along some of their favourite Pinots to Brisbane and Sydney!

We sat down with the New Zealand Winegrowers team to have a quick chin wag about Pinot.

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

They said no – they were with us the last 2 years!

When no one is watching, I drink…

New Zealand Pinot Noir!

My Pinots are best for…

Those times when you feel like a little elegance, depth and a silky touch.

My favourite drinking hole is…

Arbory.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Relaxation.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Sydney & Brisbane.

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Wilco Lam // Dry River Wines

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Established in 1979, Dry River first planted their vines on the the Northern boundary of the Martinborough township. Since 2013, Wilco Liam has been Chief Winemaker and he continues to increase Dry River as one of New Zealand’s most iconic pioneering wineries. And now they’re crossing the ditch to pour their Pinot in Sydney and Melbourne!

We sat down with Wilco Lam from Dry River Wines to chat all things Pinot.

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Nope, they rocked with us back in 2014.

When no one is watching, I drink…

Kombucha.

My Pinots are best for…

Hair of the dog.

My favourite drinking hole is…

Straight out of the cellar.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

Anything Gogol Bordello.

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Drinking over morning tea with a sausage roll.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Sydney & Melbourne.

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Pinot Palooza 2016 // Austins & Co.

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From the heart of Victoria’s Moorabool Valley wine region to the tables of the most contemporary restaurants and dining rooms in the world, Austins & Co. describe themselves as “a blend of cool climate elegance meets warm family atmosphere”. These guys are serious about making great wine, without taking themselves too seriously. Just follow their Instagram (like we do, religiously) to see what they mean…

Over a Pinot (or two), we hung out with the Austins & Co. team to chat all about Pinot.

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

They said no – they rocked with us in 2014 and 2015.

When no one is watching, I drink…

Cask wine… Ha ha not really, I drink Pinot Noir with or without watchers.

My Pinots are best for…

6Ft6 Pinot is best for that 5pm drink while cooking and it’s the ultimate party guest.

A&Co. Pinots are best served with food and good company.

My favourite drinking hole is…

Geelong Cellar Door or Little Creatures Brewery.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

The 90s classic (happy pants required).

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

A good Pinot glass.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

SydneyMelbourne & Brisbane.

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Richard Macdougall // Bellbrae Estate

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Known as one of the jewels of Victoria’s Surf Coast, Bellbrae Estate is located on rolling hills right near the world renowned Bells Beach and their cellar door is within minutes of Torquay where music, local gourmet food and fine coffee can be enjoyed with their flavour packed wines in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

These guys join the party for the first time this year. Be sure to enjoy their Pinot in Sydney and Melbourne!

We sat down with Richard Macdougall from Bellbrae Estate to chat all things Pinot:

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Yep, it’s their FIRST time!

When no one is watching, I drink…

Negroni.

My Pinots are best for…

Anything that quacks. But really, when you’ve cooked something special for someone special.

My favourite drinking hole is…

Lustre.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Good friends.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

Sydney & Melbourne!

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Simon Steele // Medhurst Wines

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Medhurst Wines is a tiny estate in the foothills of Warramate Ranges, Yarra Valley. Since their first vines we’re planted in 2000, they have remained hands on in the vineyard with a hands off approach in the winery. They join us for the second year in a row in every city in the East Coast.

We caught up with Simon Steele from Medhurst Wines to talk about the greatest grape on the planet, Pinot:

Are you a Palooza Virgin?

Nope, these guys joined us last year!

When no one is watching, I drink…

Dry Martinis.

My Pinots are best for…

Lunch.

My favourite drinking hole is…

Healesville Hotel.

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

My Pinot’s are best paired with…

Deck chairs and friends.

Drink with them in the flesh in:

SydneyMelbourne & Brisbane!

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