It’s not a Pinot Palooza without music. We caught up with the one responsible for pleasuring your ears as that Pinot pleasures your mouth, Auckland. Introducing DJ T Rice.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you’re up to at the moment?

My name is T Rice and I’m an Auckland-based DJ and e-commerce geek. Right now, I just became a dad for the first time, booked a one month road rip across Europe with the family for autumn 2017, and I’m slinging beats at carefully selected venues and events across AK city.

You rocked it last year at Pinot Palooza. What do you think makes up the perfect Pinot Noir playlist?

It was real pleasure to be involved in the first Pinot Palooza in Auckland last year. I loved that all the stuffy, boring wine buff stereotypes are left at the door and the focus is on having fun and enjoying great wine. I would say the vibe of the event really guided the direction of my set last year, lots of funk, soul and disco bass-line driven burners, some clever edits and remixes with an easy yet steady direction towards what was one helluva party.

If you had to pick a music artist to best represent Pinot from the below wine regions, who would it be? 

Central Otago – Sly & the Family Stone
Marlborough – Childish Gambino
Martinborough – Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals
North Canterbury – Frank Booker

What was the first wine you ever drank? Go on, tell us! Was it Pinot? If not, can you remember your ‘first time’ with Pinot?

Back in ’95, a Lake Chalice Marlborough Sauv was the first wine I really enjoyed. From memory my first exposure to Pinot was at the Bannockburn Hotel in Central Otago on a ski trip around 2006.

What do you drink when no one is watching?

Coffee

What do you think makes the perfect wine drinking play list? Can you give us your top 10 pinot tunes?

Check out his set from Pinot Palooza 2016:

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