Pinot Palooza: an all-out wine party
with a ton of fun like-minded people!

The newly named, Revel Global’s Pinot Noir festival Pinot Palooza rolled into Singapore for the first time in late November and a party was had by all!

There was a plethora of Pinot Noir, precisely poured by passionate Pinotphiles with a phenomenal atmosphere shared by around 500 people!

Held at the Annexe Studio of the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay there were over 100 Pinots from some of the best Pinot producers from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Italy.

The hip and cool crew, kitted out in their Pinot Palooza branded t-shirts, warmly welcomed us, providing each with an essential Plumm Pinot glass and the festival wine guide!

The DJs, Krishan P and Matty Wainwright, were already in the groove by the time we arrived. Like wine, music feeds the soul and with both, you couldn’t help but smile and move to the beat as we went from stall to stall.

Food came from the fabulous folks at Meat Smith SG which included dishes like Jalapeno Poppers, Smoked Pork Ribs (my favourite) and Smoked Brisket Sandwich w/ House-made slaw and BBQ sauce (ok, they were all favourites).

We did a full circuit to get a feel for who was here: it is impossible to taste everything at big wine events like this so I did what all self-respecting wine lovers do, I honed in on those I’d heard about or hadn’t tried their wine for a while!

On a slightly disappointing note, there weren’t quite enough booklets and some wineries either ran out of wine or their staff manning the stand appeared totally disinterested in being there. For an inaugural event, not a great look, but only a minor thing overall.

We started off at Craggy Range from Havelock NZ (about 300km NE of Wellington). I have always enjoyed their wines and the TeMuna Road Pinot Noir was excellent.

Next: off to Domaine-Thomson. They have a fantastic premise of “One Grape, One Vision, Two Hemispheres”. They have vineyards in Central Otago NZ and also in Burgundy at Gevrey-Chambertin. The Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir from Otago was my clear favourite here.

Nanny Goat Vineyard (also NZ). Arguably head office for Pinot Noir, Central Otago produces amazing Pinots. Nanny Goat Vineyard Pinot Noir and Super Nanny Pinot Noir were both fantastic. Super Nanny is made from fruit sourced from stand out parcels and was brilliant.

Then we were off to familiar territory with our great friends at Merchants Wine Stores. They have two stores/bars in Singapore Duxton Road and Joo Chiat in the East Coast. Merchants are a collective of small, independent and artisanal winemakers from Australia and New Zealand. It’s like visiting all the member wineries’ Cellar Doors right here in Singapore. Brilliant!

They had a lovely big range of Pinots on offer and my favourite from them was Pukeora Estate Ruahine Range from Hawkes Bay NZ (about 250km from Wellington).

And last but not least we simply had to drop by to catchup with Damian North of Journey Wines from Yarra Valley. We were reminiscing about a long lunch in the Yarra Valley a few years ago where Damian told a very funny platypus story! Definitely a story to share on another day!   The Journey Wines Yarra Valley Pinot Noir is always consistent and beautiful – I love Yarra Valley Pinot and it transported me back home!

So to Dan Sims and his great fun and professional Pinot Palooza crew,
our heartiest congratulations on your first event here in Asia.
We can’t wait for next year!