Pinot Palooza is about celebrating the best Pinot Noir grown and made in Australia and New Zealand, but it’d be remiss of us to exclude examples of the original red Burgundy.

At both Auckland and Christchurch events, Glengarry will be pouring a range of different Burgundies from France at the SOMM BAR. Make sure you get stuck into these – it’s a great opportunity to taste and compare different styles from different countries.

We caught up with the guys from Glengarry who’ll be manning the Somm Bar at these events, to chat all things Pinot.

Grant Dingwall (Sommelier at Dida’s Wine Lounge)

What are you up to at the moment?
Getting ready for another good Friday service at Dida’s wine lounge, recovering from playing Ice Hockey at 7am, trying to organise my next native New Zealand bird tattoo, busy day.

What will you be doing at Pinot Palooza this year?
Hanging out in the Somm Bar, probably being cheeky trying to trade some wines with various vineyards.

Where do you Pinot and why?
Up in Kerikeri hanging out with my mum. I always enjoy drinking Pinot with my mum, something I have done since I was about 14.

Without getting super technical and all that, what do you really think the best Pinot and food match is?
The elegance and acidity mean it will balance a large range of foods.

What’s the weirdest wine and food match you’ve put together that actually worked?
The textures of Cauliflower course at Clooney paired with 2014 Tongue in Groove ‘Cabal’ Vineyard Pinot Noir, was super proud of the pairing, the tannin added grip to a rich, earthy and creamy dish while the herbaceous notes balanced the umami character of the dish.

What do you think it is about Pinot Noir that gets people rocking?
The elegance, soft acidity, fresh fruit flavours, earthy tones, Pinot has it all.

Go on, tell us. What was the first wine you ever drank? Was it Pinot? If not, can you remember your ‘first time’ with Pinot?
I think it was something like ‘Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry bush’ my mum brought (probably because of the name) when I was a kid. First Pinot experience was Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir, in Queenstown when I was 14, while I was snowboarding (snapped the board I borrowed), my parents were at the vineyard and brought a bottle of the current vintage which we had with dinner that evening.

If Pinot was a music artist, who would it be?
Blink 182, still good after all this time.

What do you drink when no one is watching?
Pinot Gris

What do you think makes the perfect wine drinking play list? Can you give us your top 10 pinot tunes?
I’m a big punk rock fan, so anything with some fast pace and technical guitar work makes me happy to drink wine… maybe not for everyone.

  • Dream Beater – This is a standoff
  • Give it back – Lagwagon
  • Westcoasttrendkill – Strung Out
  • Behind Closed Doors – Rise Against
  • Carousel – Blink 182
  • I Want to Conquer the World – Bad Religion
  • International You Day – No Use For A Name
  • Hand Written – The Gaslight Anthem
  • Are you there Margret? It’s me god – The Lawrence Arms
  • My Minds Sedate – Shihad
Regan McCaffery (Fine Wine Manager)

What are you up to at the moment?
Fine Wine Manager for Glengarry. I work with our top private clients and anyone looking for something really good. I host the high end tastings, and since Glengarry has such an amazing selection, I get to work with the best wines and spirits in the world. Thumbs up!

What will you be doing at Pinot Palooza this year?
Working on the Somm Bar. I’ve selected a range of Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru Burgundies, from a spread of vintages and top producers for visitors to try.

Where do you Pinot and why?
Anywhere we can bring our own wine with us to be honest.

Without getting super technical and all that, what do you really think the best Pinot and food match is?
Duck with Burgundy all the way. If Nigel Greening (Felton Road) is cooking, then his famous Goat curry with Block 5 is perfection.

What’s the weirdest wine and food match you’ve put together that actually worked?
It’s not all that weird, but KFC and Champagne is fantastic, and we do it regularly. The acidity and bubbles are a perfect combo with fried chicken. Some winners this year have been 1979 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, 1993 Cristal and 2002  Tarlant La Vigne d’Antan (Pre Phylloxera Chardonnay)

What do you think it is about Pinot Noir that gets people rocking?
It’s a wine that is easy to drink, seductive and sensual, but doesn’t reveal it’s mysteries straight away

Go on, tell us. What was the first wine you ever drank? Was it Pinot? If not, can you remember your ‘first time’ with Pinot?
Does Miami Wine cooler stolen from dads pool fridge count? Probably not.

If Pinot was a music artist: who would it be?
Adele, wildly popular, of the moment but timeless, full of beauty and soul, getting better with age (19, 21, 25), but doesn’t take herself too seriously.

What do you drink when no one is watching?
At home sipping on a fine Tequila. For me it’s one of the most natural and enjoyable spirits.

SOMM BAR WINE LIST:
  • Tortochot Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
  • Domaine Lamarche Clos De De Vougeot 2012
  • Alex Gambal Les Charmes Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2011
  • Gros Frere Vosne Romanee 1er Cru 2014
  • Gros Frere Vosne Romanee 2007
  • Gros Anne Chambolle Musigny D’orveau 2011
  • Domaine Lamarche Vosne Romanee Chaumes 2013
  • Domaine Parent Pommard Croix Blanche 2011
  • Domaine Bellene Beaune 1er Cru Pertuisots 2009
  • Tortochot Gevrey Champerrier 2009
  • Gros Michel Nuits St Georges 2007
  • Domaine Bellene Volnay Les Grands Poisots 2010

 

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