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Pinot Palooza Rocks Back to a City Near You

Pinot Palooza, brought to you by the same folks as legendary wine festival Game of Rhones, is back for 2015 and going national. Pinot Palooza will return to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in October after sell-out events in 2014, as well as hitting Perth and Adelaide for the first time in August, featuring Australia and New Zealand’s hottest wine producers.

Touring Australia nationally in 2015, Pinot Palooza is a food, music and wine experience not to miss, featuring the best Pinot Noir from some of the top producers in the Southern Hemisphere. In total there will be 150 of the world’s best, ranging from light, ethereal and graceful, all the way through to the ‘take no prisoners’, in your face, mouthful of flavour wines that this pernicious variety can achieve.

Pinot Noir producers in the Palooza line-up include Australia and New Zealand’s renowned wineries – Ata Rangi, Bay of Fires, Shaw + Smith, Yabby Lake, Kooyong, Mt Difficulty, Giant Steps, Two Paddocks and Pegasus Bay to name just a few. On the day, attendees will be able to vote for their favourite Pinot Noir on roving iPads, putting them into the draw to win some awesome wine-centric prizes.

A new addition for the 2015 tour is the VIP Ticket which includes general admission, sommelier roadie tour (a tour by one of the cities finest somms sampling the finest Pinot’s on show), Burgundy bar tasting and a food voucher for $95, saving $35. These are limited and are sure to fly!

The ‘Back Stage Pass’ is back – a limited pass for those who want to take their pinot obsession to the next level. Pinot lovers will get to know the ins and outs, the who’s who and how of all things Pinot Noir.

The Burgundy Bar is also back with an even bigger range of wines on offer. With the vast majority of these wines retailing for over $150, this is a rare opportunity to try some of the best wines in the world at cost. The best sommeliers in each individual city will be on hand to take Burgundy fans through these exceptional wines.

Tickets are now on sale and include a take-home Riedel ‘Heart to Heart’ Pinot Noir glass (valued at $30), as well as access to all the wines on tasting – no pesky tokens! Early Bird tickets are on sale until end of July, saving $10.

Details for the 2015 Pinot Palooza series. $60, includes take-home Riedel ‘Heart to Heart’ Pinot Noir glass:

Saturday 1st August, 1pm till 6pm
Whipper Snipper Distillery
139 Kensington Street, East Perth

Saturday 8th August, 1pm till 6pm
Published Arthouse
11 Cannon Street, Adelaide

Monday 5th October (public holiday), 1pm till 6pm
Carriage Works, Blacksmith’s Workshop
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Saturday 10th October, 1pm till 6pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bay 3 & 4
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

Sunday 11th October, 1pm till 6pm
Light Space
30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley

Tickets available at

New Restautants in Perth

More wining and dining in Mount Lawley

Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, one of Perth’s hip inner city precincts, has seen the recent opening of several new eateries. The Mary Street Bakery is an artisan bakery and café offering a range of sweet and savoury products; Solomon’s Café features quality organic and free range foods; Circa restaurant is serving European inspired fare; and sweet connoisseur Rochelle Adonis has opened her new store which is quickly becoming the premier destination for cakes, confections, high teas, cooking classes, dessert degustations, bespoke wedding and celebration cakes, nougat and ice cream.

Northbridge given an American twist with The Old Crow

The hip inner city precinct of Northbridge, only a short walk from the Perth CBD, has welcomed another addition to its bar and dining scene with the opening of The Old Crow. Set in a refurbished, heritage listed cottage, The Old Crow is a funky new venue with a menu that boasts southern American flavours from former Cantina 663 chef Ben Atkinson. Northbridge is Perth’s cultural hub and is home to a vast array of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and boutiques, and to the Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum, State Library of WA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, State Theatre Centre and more. Northbridge is easily accessible by the free Blue Cat bus, taxi or a short stroll.

Olive Farm Wines celebrates its 80th anniversary

Located in Perth’s Swan Valley, the oldest wine making region in WA, Olive Farm Wines has been making a diverse range of wines since 1933 and is now celebrating its 80th anniversary. Owned and run by the Yurisich family for four generations, the winery has released limited release Commemorative Port Barrels available for purchase. Olive Farm Wines also offer a series of wine and cheese pairing master classes at its purpose built café – The Cheese Barrel – that offers farmhouse and artisan cheeses. Sample their extensive wine range of over 25 different wines at their cellar door.

UnWined in Western Australia

Discover wineries and new releases from the regions of Western Australia at the boutique wine and food event in the city.  UnWined WA will be held on October 26 and 27th  in Subiaco Perth.  UnWined WA promotes fine Western Australian wines and gourmet food treating visitors to an indulgent experience of the state’s produce in the magnificent Subiaco food and wine district.

Now in its third year, the UnWined WA is an important showcase for wineries and food producers and is building its following as part of the annual wine and food calendar. Perth city also has great range of small bars and restaurants worth exploring.

UnWined in WA

UnWined in WA

Western Australian food producers and manufacturers will also be on show allowing people to discover what’s best in the west.  Talk to the wine makers and the mix with the foodies to understand what makes their produce unique, and ask them where and how you can buy what they have to offer. It is a great chance to support and buy local products.

At UnWined WA there will be a series of wine seminars and cooking demonstrations will feature local chefs and fantastic WA produce.  In addition to being able to taste wines, enjoy a glass with a meal or purchase your favourite bottle of wine to enjoy later.  UnWined WA will be set in the relaxed garden atmosphere of Market Square Park in Subiaco.  More details

Luxury in the Centre of Perth

One of the latest luxury accommodation providers in Perth City is The Terrace Hotel, which opened in November 2012 near the centre of the CBD.   For those of a vinous persuasion, The Terrace Hotel, and has recently won AHA Accommodation Industry Award for Hotel Wine List.  And it’s an impressive list, with a good selection of wines by the glass. So even if you’re not staying it would still be recommended for a quite drink, or even a loud one.  The wine list has a broad selection of both international and domestic wines, including well known wineries and up and coming producers. Its also ideally located to make best use of other local restaurants

The Terrace Hotel - Perth

The Terrace Hotel – Perth

The luxury accommodation has 15 suites, a restaurant with a garden terrace, dining, bar, impressive wine cellar and three private function rooms.  Originally named Bishop’s Grove, St George’s House was built in 1892 by the Anglican Church. It is a grand example of terrace style buildings developed along Perth’s St George’s Terrace at the latter part of the 19th century.  The building went through many iterations over the years, from Bishops residence, boarding house, then offices.

The Terrace Hotel - delux rooms

The Terrace Hotel – deluxe rooms

In 1986, St George’s House was marked for destruction due to its dilapidated condition until significant restoration by property developer Lord Alistair McAlpine saved it.  It stood empty for nearly 9 years until it was renovated again in early 2011 to bring it to its stylish present form.

This luxury Perth accommodation was the only hotel in Australasia which made the 2013 Sunday Times UK Hottest Hotels.  Worldwide only 20 of the most sophisticated and stylish hotels were selected by their luxury travel expert.

Accommodation at The Terrace Hotel rates typically range from $259 to $950 per night.

[This post was produced with the kind assistance of The Terrace Hotel.]

Perth CBD’s Small Bars & Restaurants: The Hidden Resource Boom

At first glance Perth city may seem somewhat of a gourmet wasteland of office blocks and shopping malls.  This is slowly changing with the opening of a number of small bars, in addition to the quality restaurants.  Perth city’s treasures still lie hidden, to be discovered by those foodies in the know.

Perth City Bell Tower

Perth City Bell Tower

When you arrive at Perth airport for the first time, don’t feel left out if you forgot to pack any high-vis clothing.  It seems that everyone travelling through Perth Airport is adorned with this apparel.  No this isn’t Australia’s national dress, nor are they are super conscious about safety.  Rather the fly-in fly-out mining sector has a significant impact on Western Australia’s and especially Perth’s city economy.

This can also be felt with the price of accommodation and restaurants in Perth CBD.  There are higher occupancy rates at hotels and therefore higher accommodation rates than Sydney and Melbourne.  So come prepared; for example, $46 for (great quality) steak and chips.

Perth City Bell Tower

Bell Tower

While Perth’s CBD does have a number of commendable establishments, a good proportion are in the nearby suburbs of Northbridge, Leederville, Subiaco, and Mt Lawley.



Within the Perth city a few of our favourites include;

Helvetica Bar

Helvetica Bar – in the daylight.

Lowdown or Standing Room Only – Both of these locations are great for the caffeine addicted.  Score your hit of single origin coffees, served by barista’s who know their trade.

Helvetica Bar – dont worry about the dodgy dimly lit Perth laneway, this chic little bar is a great spot for a range of classy cocktails, scotches and wines (with a noticeable proportion coming from South Australia).

The Cheeky Sparrow – a friendly spot for casual shared plate and a drink.  Can be quite busy at times, so be flexible.

Pata Nedra – in Nedlands (easy staggering distance from Perth CBD). Spanish tapas bar with relaxed service and incredibly tasty food.

Greenhouse  – both the building and the menu are designed with sustainability in mind.  A funky restaurant with a diverse winelist from WA and around Australia.

Halo Right on Perth’s Swan River’s edge, delivering modern Australia cuisine with enthusiastic and attentive service.

Glasshouse Restaurant

Glasshouse Restaurant in Perth CBD

1907  – in Queen Street.  Classic fine dining cuisine with a contemporary edge.  With a broad and an enthusiastically priced wine list.

Print Hall is Perth’s latest multilevel dining and bar venue to open at Brookfield Place precinct on St Georges Terrace, in the Perth CBD.  Print Hall has four levels of eating and drinking options. Paying homage to the heritage-listed Newspaper House on St George’s Terrace the Print Hall offers a bar and dining room headed up by David Coomer (Star Anise and Pata Negra).  Print Hall was the winner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Award for 2013. The awards, presented by premium wine distributor Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.

While Western Australia may be in the middle of a resource boom, some of Perth’s treasures are there for the finding.  And you don’t need to wear high-vis clothing to discover them.

Where are some of your favourites in Perth? Leave a comment or tweet us at @Que_Syrah_