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In November this year, REVEL was awarded Digital Wine Communicator of the Year by the Wine Communicators of Australia.

As written on the WCA website, the award is given:

“In recognition of outstanding work by an online wine communicator in any digital category including website, video, vodcast or podcast.

This award acknowledges innovation, contemporary and clever use of a suite of communication tools now available to the modern wine communicator.”

While we’re known as an events company, over the past few years we’ve been pushing hard into the media space. This includes building up our social media profiles on Instagram and Facebook, creating native content (copy, video and photography), publishing our own magazine and working with our digital agency, Bolster, to ensure what we’re doing is being seen by the right people (you!).

We’re really proud, humbled and excited that our efforts are being recognised, so thank you to the WCA, and thank you, you. We couldn’t have done this without your support.

To see the full list of winners and finalists, visit the WCA website HERE.


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Malbec SYD > Malbec MEL > MOULD MEL > Pinot Palooza TOKYO > IWFF > Sake Matsuri MEL > Oinofilia SYD > Oinofilia MEL > Barossa SYD > Barossa MEL > PP PER > PP ADL > VD MEL > VD SYD > MOULD SYD > PP AKL > PP CHC > PP WLG > PP MEL > PP SYD > Margaret River on Tour SING > PP BNE > Sake Matsuri SYD > Rose REVEL TOKYO > PP SING > PP HK

If you thought that saying goodbye to Game of Rhones would make for a lighter load for team REVEL in 2018, well… it did not.

Because in lieu of the comic-con-style wine festival that was GoR, we took MOULD to Sydney for three sell-out sessions, Sake Matsuri to Melbourne, Pinot Palooza to Tokyo and Hong Kong, we ran a brand new rosé event, we helped out with the Melbourne iteration of the Italian Wine and Food Festival and helped to take Margaret River on Tour to Singapore. All up, we ran 26 events in 11 cities in five countries in 2018.

And that’s not all. We published a magazine (which was nominated for Best Wine Publication at the WCA awards). We moved into our very own office in Collingwood. And (drumroll please) we won the Digital Wine Communicator of the Year award.

There were some sad times, too. After five years with the company, Jade moved on to focus on her own family business and spend time with her young children. Peter, too, moved on for a role at Spicers Clovelly Estate in sunny Maleny.

There’s no denying that this year was big. But big is good! It’s what we do, and what we love. Here’s how the year panned out, and what we did to not just survive it, but thrive throughout it.

Like always, we kicked off event season with Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day. We’re not quite sure what it is about this event and Sydney, but every year this city goes completely nuts for it and 2018 was no exception. We had to cap attendee numbers at around 1000 to ensure there’d be enough wine to go around (if you are or know of any Malbec producers, tell them to get in touch!) but we had at least that many on the waitlist again. For a Malbec event!

Melbourne’s version was also really solid. We sold enough tickets that we were able to use the whole of Meat Market (the first time we’ve ever used it all for this event), we had five of the city’s best Latin-leaning restaurants battle it out for the Golden Empanada trophy, and finished it off with a lot of happy guests.

Next up was MOULD – A Cheese Festival in Melbourne. We ran this event for the first time in 2017, and although it was a success, there were a lot of areas we knew we could do better in for 2018 – particularly around attendee numbers. Cheese love is universal, so in 2018 we made a point of reducing the numbers of guests but adding more sessions, so more people could come but have more space to enjoy it while they were there. It worked a treat, and we had incredibly good feedback across all three sold-out sessions.

Speaking of sold-out events, the next stop on the REVEL calendar was a big one for us, figuratively and literally. Taking Pinot Palooza to a city as big as Tokyo and tackling a completely new wine market was huge, and furthered our foray into Asia. Seeing how the people of Tokyo responded and engaged was really interesting, too – it turns out five hours is long for an event in Japan; they’re used to events that run for around three hours. We’ll be taking all the learnings on board (especially where to find the best ramen) when we return next year.

Back on Australian soil, our events continued on strong. Half the team stayed in Melbourne to help out with the Italian Wine and Food Festival while the other half was in Tokyo. We then ran Sake Matsuri in Melbourne for the first time (Ayla’s first event with us!)) before back-to-back Oinofilia: A Celebration of the New Wines of Greece events in Melbourne and Sydney. Barossa. Be Consumed. was next, again in both Melbourne and Sydney.

The Pinot Palooza tour started in earnest in early August in Perth, and what a way to start it was. We sold it out, which made it the biggest event we’ve run in WA, but it was the presence of the Skin Contact DJs that made it the biggest party we’ve ever run, almost ever. Watching over 1000 people sing along to Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was the Pinot Palooza finale we didn’t know we needed.

A week later, half the team was in Adelaide at the Morphettville Racecourse, watching horses run in the Pinot Palooza Stakes while the Skin Contact DJs again brought the house down. The other half was running back-to-back Vin Diemen events in Melbourne and Sydney. It was a big weekend, but we were due for a two-week, event-free respite at the end of it.

It was during that brief breathing period that we said goodbye to Jade. In proper REVEL fashion, we sent her off with a long lunch at Scott Pickett’s Matilda restaurant, dining on salmon roe tartlets, buttery spanner crab, roast duck and apple tarte tatin, washed down with Champagne, Chablis and, of course, plenty of pinot.

Then it was back to Sydney for MOULD – A Cheese Festival. It was the first time we’d run this event in this city, but the response was so strong and the first two sessions sold out so fast that we ended up needing to add a third session!

The Pinot Palooza tour continued a week later, hitting Auckland and Christchurch and then heading to Wellington the week after that. Both Auckland and Wellington’s events were total sell-outs, and Auckland’s ended up being the biggest event we’d ever run in New Zealand. Christchurch is still a new market for us and so that event was a little smaller, but still heaps of fun. The New Zealand leg was bittersweet though, as Wellington was to be Peter’s last event with REVEL. We made sure to sing him Happy Birthday, and sent him home with a box of eggplants (private joke… we were really very sad!).

Then, a free weekend before our biggest two events of the year: back-to-back Pinot Palooza Melbourne and Sydney. It started with a huge bump-in day on Friday at the Royal Exhibition Building, and ended with dinner at the Dolphin Hotel in Sydney on Sunday night. In between, there was 6500 attendees, dance floors, frosé, missed flights and lots of coffee. We worked out afterwards that collectively we walked over 250km this weekend… nuts! Both events were freaking awesome, and Melbourne’s in particular was as close to perfect as we’ll ever admit.

We’re getting tired at this point, but there’s a few events to go before we can rest. Pinot Palooza Brisbane is on the following weekend, but before that there’s just enough time for Dan to nip over to Singapore and lend a hand at Margaret River on Tour; an event designed to promote tourism to the region.

After Singapore and after Brisbane, we pop back up to Sydney for the final Sake Matsuri event of the year. Then, there’s just three events left, all of which are overseas.

The first is Rosé REVEL, a brand new event for us and one which we decided to trial in Tokyo. It’s small, but cute, and although it needs development we think it could be a fun one for summer.

The final two are Pinot Palooza Singapore, which we’re back at for the second year running, and Pinot Palooza Hong Kong which is a first for us. Of all the events we ran in 2018, Hong Kong was the greatest unknown for us – we weren’t sure if we’d get the numbers, the venue was weather dependent… there were so many things that could go wrong. But we must have done something right in the lead up, for the event gods favoured us with perfect weather, over 800 attendees, and an absolute ripping party for our final event of 2018.

Next year, the plan is to run even more events in more cities and countries. Who’s with us? Bring it on!


Total kilometres walked on event days: 1115km (+ DS TBC)
Total flights taken: 146
Total number of coffees consumed on event days: 150 (,000!!)
Total number of times we sang Peter ‘Happy Birthday’: 7
Total media reach: 12.3 million


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Gisborne/Tasmania/Orange/Margaret River
GHOST ROCK ZOE ゴーストロック ゾーイ 2015 – 4100
Stella Bella Pink Moscato ステラ ベラ ピンク モスカート 2016 – 2500
gilbert by Simon Gilbert Saignee Rosé ギルバート バイ サイモン ギルバート ロゼ セニエ 2017 – 3196
JULES TAYLOR WINES ROSÉ ジュルズ ティラー ロゼ 2017 – 2700
2017 – 0


Hecht & Bannier – Languedoc / Provence, France
Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2017 – 2500
Crémant de Limoux Rosé Brut Réserve – 3200
La Vieille Ferme – Vin de France
La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2017 – 1500
Famille Perrin – Tavel, France
Famille Perrin Tavel 2017 – 3300
Mirval– Provence, France
Mirval Rosé, 2017 – 3200


A to Z Rosé 2015 – 3000
Ata Rangi Rosé, 2017 – 3000
Mike Press Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 – 1800
Koyle Don Cande Rosé of Cinsault 2015 – 2000
Teusner Salsa Rosé 2015 – 2500
Yellowglen Pink Moscato Botanics Series 2017 – 1850


Yarra Valley, Vic
Jean Pierre Rosé, 1520
DB Family Selection ros, 2018 – 890
La Boheme ‘Act2’ Dry Pinot Noir Rose, 2018


Yarra Valley, Vic
Chadnon Rosé – 3200
Chandon Passion – 2800


Champagne, France
Champagne Damien Hugot Brut Rosé, NV 0 – 8200


Seller Espelt Cava Escuturit Brut Rosé NV 0 – 3240
Seller Espelt Corali 2017 – 2808
Seller Espelt Lledoner Rosato 2017 – 2484
Bocchoris Cava Brut Nature Rosat 2016 – 2700
2016 – 0
L’Origan Cava Aire Rosé Brut Nature 2014 – 7560
Els Jelipins Rosato 2016 – 12960


Domaine J.Laurens – Languedoc,FRANCE
Cremant de Limoux la Rosé No.7 NV 0 – 2400
Chateau de l’Aumerade – Provence,FRANCE
Cuvee Marie Christine Provence Rosé 2017 – 1900
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles – Provence,FRANCE
Bandol Rosé Tradition 2016 – 3250

Azienda Agricola Ferghettina – Lombardia,ITALY
Franciacorta Rosé Brut 2013 – 5200
Poggiotondo S.r.l. – Tuscany,ITALY
Poggiotondo Toscana Rosato Organic 2016 – 1800

Kir-Yianni – Naoussa ,GREECE
Akakies Sparkling Rosé 2017 – 2650
Elgin Ridge – Western Cape ,SOUTH AFRICA
MCC Brut Rosé 2012 – 3500
Hattingley Valley Wines Ltd – England,UNITED KINGDOM
Hattingley Valley Brut Rosé 2014 – 6200
Baica Vinos y Vinedos – La Rioja,SPAIN
Antonita Punuelos Baica Garnacha Rosado 2016 – 1500
Logan Wines – New South Wales,AUSTRALIA
Clementine Pinot Gris 2017 – 2250
Clementine Blushing Minnie 2017 – 2250
Alpamanta Estate Wines – Mendoza,ARGENTINA
Alpamanta Breva Rosé 2017 – 3750


Portugal Bairrada
R46 NV 0 – 1580


Baron Philippe de Rothschild – France
Le Rosé de Mouton Cadet, 2016 – 1650
Domaines Ott – Provence, France
By OTT. Rosé, 2017 – 3000
Il Borro – Italy
Rosé del Borro, 2017 – 2500
Santa Christina – Italy
Santa Christina Rosato, 2016 – 1600


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Is your wine knowledge a little… basic?

Do you know what you like (or don’t like) but don’t know why? Do you feel overwhelmed by wine lists or fall into despair inside bottle shops?

If you know nothing about wine, or know a bit but want a refresher, then this is for you.

Over one two-hour session, we’ll help you with the basics you need to be a little less basic. We’ll look at some common and some less-common varietals, and the difference a region makes. We’ll talk about oak, tannins and acidity and what the f- these actually are. We’ll look at how wine is made, including those naturally ones, and we’ll help with a bit of food matching, too.

In short, you’ll leave feeling able, willing and confident to look at more than just price when you’re choosing your next glass or bottle. In fact, we’ll have you swirling, snorting and pontificating like a pro!

Hosted by REVEL’s own official ‘Wine Wanker in Chief’, Dan Sims, each course costs $55 and includes tastings of seven wines, a beer, snacks and your very own REVEL Wine Glass to take home as well (valued at $20).

We’ll also give you some course notes as homework so you can practise at home (Note: Homework may include drinking wine.)

Don’t be basic… book now!



26 Sackville Street
Collingwood, Vic

FEBRUARY 5 (Tuesday), 6pm till 8pm

MARCH 5 (Tuesday), 6pm till 8pm

APRIL 2nd (Tuesday), 6pm till 8pm


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It’s awards season in Tinseltown, and we have not been disappointed by the dramahhhh. So far, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri cleaned up the Golden Globes, the Annual Critics’ Choice and the SAG Awards. Oprah delivered an acceptance speech that had the world begging her to run for president. The KWEENS of Hollywood wore black in solidarity to victims of sexual harassment and assault. And Mariah Carey accidentally stole Meryl Streep’s seat.

With a few nights still left of the 2018 season, drama is as guaranteed as red carpet. But there’s only one that we’ll really be paying attention to. Hollywood’s night of nights, the big one, the 90th Academy Awards… aka The Oscars.

Whether you’re a genuine fan or a hate-watcher, we’ve made like sommeliers to the stars and put together a drinks list for the evening. If only to distract you from the inevitable “Thank you, God,” speeches….


Best Musical/Comedy
Natural wine. Why? Because, like a musical or a comedy, it can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can delight you, enlighten you and transform you.

Or it can just annoy the $^%& shit out of you.

Best Foreign Language
Something imported… obvs.

But it has to be something you can say with a lisp, a kiss or a sigh… preferably something you can tell your friends you discovered “the last time [you] were in *insert country*”…

Best Short Film
A half bottle of something. We’d go Champagne, because #oscars.

Best Music
A Martini, shaken not stirred, is the standard here (always), but this year it has to be whisky served in your favourite limited-edition replica tumblers that Jim Beam made especially for the original Bladerunner that you bought on eBay because it’s the Greatest. Movie. Ever. Period.*

Or Jawa juice. But no one knows WTF that is anyway.

*Anna’s editor note; Dan actually believes this and does own said glasses. #nerdalert

Best Visual Effects
A ridiculously complex cocktail mixed by your local fabulous mixologist. It’ll be impressive, fancy, full of flare, smoke and maybe even a mirror. Hopefully, it’ll taste good but after waiting 15 minutes for them to make this masterpiece you’ll wish you just ordered a gin and tonic.

Best Writing
This must be a wine a sommelier has written up on their wine list in an attempt to showcase their incredible vinous vocabulary. Preferably a wine that “juxtaposes the complex matrix of thyols with a… blah blah blah why are you still talking I just don’t care …”

But honestly, just take a punt on a wine you’ve never heard of, nor can pronounce, as honestly, it doesn’t matter. You’re going to forget what it was the minute you finish it anyway.

Much like whoever wins this award…. Zing!

Best Picture
Walk into the wine store and buy the wine with the prettiest wine label. We’ve all done it – this is the time to embrace it.

And heck, at this stage of the night, the label will probably be the only thing you remember anyway.

Best Actress
While the academy of old white men may suggest something aromatic, pretty, perfumed, delicate and perfectly poised, forget that shit and grab something bold, robust with a solid dose of sass. AMIRITE, SISTAS?!

Best Actor
For this Oscar vintage, it should be something shy and retiring, definitely reserved and with a quiet humility. Very. Quiet.

Or, perhaps, insist on something with a lack of back bone, bitter aftertaste and a touch of regret.

*double ahem*