At every Pinot Palooza we run – whether in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore – we hold a competition which allows our guests to vote for their favourite winemaker on the day. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition, right?
The day in Singapore felt a little different to the others. We were very… relaxed. Normally, we’re running around, checking all the last minute details. But we worked with a local events company in Singapore called Events Artery, who did such an amazing job of helping us set up and get everything ready to go, that all we really had to do was get pumped up!
When our guests arrived, we gave them a Plumm wine glass and they got tasting. We had a mix of importers – who were representing a number of different wineries – and winemakers, who were representing their own wines. Once our guests had tried all the wines – or as many as they could – they voted for their favourite.
It was really interesting to see how the results played out. In Australia and New Zealand, where we have few importers and mostly just individual wineries, although it’s anyone’s game we know from experience who has performed well in previous events, so we have a bit more of an idea of who might do well. But in Singapore, with a new audience, we had no idea how it was going to go.
Looking at the results, it was clear that the winemakers who’d made the trip had the advantage over the importers. This was likely because our guests had the opportunity to actually talk to the person who’d make the wines that they were drinking, and could listen to their story first hand. Keep this in mind, winemakers!!
But a massively successful day, not just for the wineries who placed, but for everyone who was there – you included! Delicious food from Meatsmith, music from DJs Krishan P and Matty Wainwright, FIJI water and Stone & Wood beer. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.