On a roll after sold-out events in Tokyo, Osaka, Perth, and Auckland, we’re super pumped to be back at the Carriageworks as part of our epic multi-city 2019 tour.
We invite you to prime your glasses and get stuck in exploring this year’s stellar line-up of pinot – and when you’re ready for a refreshment, come and check out the local craft beer and dedicated aperitivo station, Bar Vermouth.
Need a run-down? Here’s all your 2019 highlights.
Featuring more than 250 wines, our 2019 program boasts one of the biggest lineup of producers Pinot Palooza has ever seen.
NEW THIS YEAR – You said you wanted to make it easier to pick out the vegan, organic, biodynamic and lo-fi wines at our events, so this year we’re giving them to you on a platter – with icons!
Now, go study your wine list for some tips on how to navigate your way around the room!
WHAT WE’RE EATING
Because we understand that one cannot live on pinot noir alone, this year we’ve upped the food game and are bringing top Sydney guns along for the ride. Here’s a taster of who’s on board:
Stay tuned for full menu!
Margherita: tomato & mozzarella cheese – $13
Diavola: tomato, mozzarella & hot salami – $13
Ham: tomato, mozzarella & ham – $13
Pastrami Reuben – $14
Bagels with Lox Cream Cheese – $10
Bagels with Garlic Chive or Jalapeno Cream Cheese – $8
Bagels with Plain Cream Cheese – $7
Pretzels – $5
Pepperberry lamb ragu gnocchi w/ fried salt bush – $15
Warrigal green and basil pesto gnocchi w/ parmesan crumb (V) – $15
Roasted cauliflower salad w/ mixed grains, mint, parsley, walnut, pomegranate and native Australian dukkah (GF / VG) – $15
Cheese boards – TBA
WHAT WE’RE DRINKING: VERMOUTH
Everyone loves a spritz, that’s a fact. Melbourne, you proved it last year; Bar Vermouth went off so we’re bringing it back for 2019. Once again, the crew from Maidenii will be on hand for tastings, cocktails and a garnish of charming chit chat. Cin cin!
French wine maker Gilles Lapalus and Australian bartender Shaun Byrne came together to create Maidenii using both native and traditional leaves, flowers, fruits, herbs and spices. The final product can be enjoyed straight up or in a cocktail.
- Maidenii Dry
- Maidenii Classic
- Maidenii Sweet
- Maidenii Kina
- Dry & Dry – $10
- Maidenii Spritz – $10
- Le Tonic & Tonic – $10
- Negroni Spritz – $15
Award-winning Port Melbourne-based whisky distillery Starward makes unpretentious, award-winning whisky that’s packed with flavour. Ever the innovators, they’ve got all sorts of bespoke goods, they’re making just for Palooza. Think Pinot Noir barrel aged cocktails, a Vintaged Old Fashioned and an exclusive Red Wine Bitters that’ll transform your drinks-trolley game. Go for a tasting, freshen up with a delicious cocktail or grab a bottle to take home. Um, Whisky Palooza anyone?
Starward Whisky Nova – $96
Starward Whisky Solera – $125
Starward Whisky Two-Fold – $65
Starward Whisky Red Manhattan – $49
Pressed Grape Collins – $12
Vintaged Fashioned 2019 – $16
Whisky in Wine – $12
S.W.S ARE BACK
Hold onto your wine glass, the DJ crew that knows how to get the pinot party started will be in the house once again. Back by popular demand, our favourite ladies – Sisters with Soul – will be bringing the cool AF tunes like there’s no tomorrow. So take a break from your tasting schedule, grab yourself a spritz and let the rhythm take control. For a taster, check out their recent playlist
Are you one of the lucky ones to secure VIP tickets? Well, you’re in for a treat this year. Not only do you get your own entrance, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Devil’s Corner fizz on arrival and have your very own lounge area to retreat to throughout the day (aka your oasis of calm in a sea of pinot noir).
What else? The good people from Milawa Cheese Co. will be offering complimentary samples of their incredible baked camembert, plus you’ll have prime position for VIP CHATS – a bunch of free talks from some of the industry’s brightest stars.
VIP CHATS will run hourly, on the hour from 12 midday till 3pm
12pm: Pinot Picks – (Shanteh Wong – Sommelier, Quay)
1pm: Victor Victoria – Samantha Payne (Sommelier, Communicator, Consultant)
2pm: Bunch Of Pinot – Samantha Payne (Sommelier, Communicator, Consultant)
3pm: Pinot UnEarthed – Dan Sims (Sommelier / Founder Pinot Palooza)
2019 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Our People’s Choice award has fast become a Pinot Palooza highlight, with winners bathed in glory, cheered by fans and featured in the Pinot Palooza magazine each year.
This time ’round, we’re ramping things up with a dedicated awards ceremony where the winners from each city in the tour will be announced (all 11 of them), along with an overall global winner. The awards ceremony will take place at REVEL HQ on December 5, so stay tuned for more on that.
So what’s in it for you?
By simply voting you go into the draw to win 12 REVEL wine glasses and a REVEL Golden Ticket, which means you and a plus-one get access to any of our Melbourne events (or partner events) free for an entire year. Plus, you and three mates get to come to the awards night in December. Yass!
OK, so how do I vote? Just look for roving REVEL staff toting iPads or hit up the Info Desk.
2019 PINOT PALOOZA MAGAZINE
Relax, guys – this mag isn’t about percentage points or star ratings or big words that no one understands, it’s about discovering what’s wonderful about the pinot noir.
Along the way you’ll meet some wonderful people and visit some of our favourite parts of the pinot world, while hearing from some of our favourite wine commentators. So fill your glass and settle in for the ride.
And yes, you’ll get a FREE copy at the event.