The Wine Selectors Studio at Pinot Palooza Melbourne and Sydney will be hosted by two members of its expert Tasting Panel, Nicole Gow and Adam Walls, who will take your tastebuds through a range of different Pinot styles. We caught up with Adam ahead of the event, to ask him about himself and his love for Pinot Noir.

Tell us about yourself. Your background, your work with Wine Selectors, etc?
The hospitality scene and a love of all things spirit based led me into wine.

I worked in hotels and restaurants in Australia and in the UK for 10 years before a stint in some of the Hunter Valley’s cellar doors. I have been with Wine Selectors for 7 years now and my current role involves wine buying, staff training, event hosting and contributing to Selector Magazine.

Apart from Pinot I think bourbon, Champagne, sausage rolls and Allen’s snakes are some of life’s little joys.

Tell us about the Pinot Sessions happening at Pinot Palooza this year? Which one are you most looking forward to?
We have five exciting sessions that are help explore and celebrate the regions and styles of Pinot Noir. We square Tasmania and Victoria off against each other. We go coast to coast looking at Pinots from WA to the east coast.

We explore a few smaller and lesser known regions and see what great stuff they are doing, we show you how Pinot does fizz and blush and then pit power vs elegance in the battle for what is your favourite style of Pinot.

For me, I can’t wait to watch the Bass Strait battle!

Where do YOU Pinot and why? (Could be a region, wine bar, location – you name it!)
In Newcastle at my mate’s Japanese restaurant looking at the water.

Which region produces the best Pinot, do you think? Have you ever been surprised by Pinot from a certain region?
It’s a toss-up between the Yarra Valley and Tasmania for me. Can I have both? If not then I’ll take the Yarra with a heavy heart knowing that I am missing some widely good Tasmania Pinots.

The surprise packet? Hunter Valley Pinot – not the best I have ever tried but still surprising.

Without getting super technical, what do you think the best Pinot and food match is?
Teriyaki salmon and Pinot Noir is superb if you want an alternative the classic duck.

What’s the weirdest wine Pinot and food match you’ve experienced (that actually worked)?
A haggis and potato pie believe it or not. The spice in the haggis and the spice in the Pinot was lovely

What do you think it is about Pinot Noir that gets people rocking?
I think that it is because it is so easy to drink. The silky texture just draws you in. Sip after sip it never gets too much, it just gets better.

What was the first wine you ever drank? Was it Pinot? If not, can you remember your ‘first time’ with Pinot?
Penfold’s Kalimna Shiraz. I hated it. Forced myself to drink half the bottle one night and the other half the following night. I must say the wine was not problem – the person was!

If Pinot was a music artist, who would it be? Why?
Elvis! Why? Elvis could do rock and roll, he could do pop and he could do slow songs as well.

He did a diverse range of music styles but did them all with a silky smoothness. Pinot has a diverse range of style but does them all with a silkiness.

Pinot could probably even do crappy movies too!

What do you drink when no one is watching?
I love salt so I find it hard not to sip soy sauce at restaurants!

What do you think makes the perfect wine drinking play list? Can you give us your top 10 tunes to listen to while drinking Pinot?
The music should be able to blend into the background but be easy to sing along to loudly and proudly when the time arises.

  1. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
  2. Have a Nice Day by Stereophonics
  3. Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel
  4. Horse with no Name by America
  5. Stuck on You by Elvis
  6. Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
  7. Do for Love by 2Pac
  8. Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake
  9. Hotel California by the Eagles
  10. Need you tonight by INXS


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