SYDNEY, MELBOURNE & BRISBANE ROADIE // Dan Sims (Bottle Shop Concepts)

By September 14, 2015 September 23rd, 2015 Pinot Roadies

Get to know Dan Sims, one of our SOMMELIER ROADIE’S at this year’s SYDNEY & MELBOURNE show. All part of the VIP Ticket!

About Dan

Dan Sims is a wino. Albeit a professional one.

Dan has been consumed (and consuming) with all things vinous for over two decades – he’s a well-known sommelier by trade. He’s known for being outspoken about making wine social and his firm belief that Magnums show commitment. He’s far too humble to tell us about all his accolades but he can’t hide the fact that he won Sommelier Of The Year in 2008. We Googled it.

He’s the crazy guy at the helm of Bottle Shop Concepts and he’s solely responsible for dreaming up Pinot Palooza along with several other events such as Game of Rhones, Gauchito Gil and Wine Day Out – which we believe he created just so he could say the ‘F word’ over the mic repeatedly. We may or may not encourage him…

He wants you to know that despite the answers to the questions being his; he solemnly swears he didn’t write his own bio… and while he didn’t, it’s funny to pretend like he did.

Finally, it’s his party and he’ll run a ROADIE TOUR if he wants to!



What do you do with yourself?
A sommelier by trade, I now run one-wine-soaked-event-at-a-time via Bottle Shop Concepts. We reckon learning about wine is most effectively done in the same way you drink it: socially.

Yep, Pinot Palooza is my baby as well as Game of Rhones, Gauchito Gil’s Malbec World Day and Wine Day Out.

In short, we aim take the wank out of wine and change the conversation about it.

What are you working on at the moment?
My sanity.
It’s been a big year for team BSC running 16 events in 6 cities and 2 countries. But right now we’re focusing on the East Coast tour of Pinot Palooza which will be our biggest yet. We’ll then take aim at bringing it to NZ and Asia in 2016.

Oh, and getting to Mexico.

What is your favourite song of 2015 so far?

Can you remember your ‘first time’ with Pinot? What year was it? Where was it? Tell us!
I was just at the start of my wine life and I was fortunate to try a bottle of Burgundy and it was like, what the actual f$#&? Where has this been all my life?

But thats the thing about Pinot. More often than not it’s never the first wine you ever try. You discover it a little further down your vinous road. Which is a good thing as you arrive when you’re ready.

As for the year, let’s just say pre naughties. *ahem*

What song best sums up that first time experience?

Finish this sentence: Wine and music …
… makes the sexy

What is it about Pinot Noir that gets you pumped?
It’s the variety that excites me the most, and disappoints me the most

What are you top 10 songs for drinking Pinot Noir with?

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