What’s the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon on a long weekend? Drinking wine, eating wood fired pizza and listening to some sweet live tunes is the answer! The lovely Loraine and Martin from Pandemonium Estate invited Mr. Spittoon and I along to their recent event ‘New Kids on the Block’ and we had an awesome time. I also developed a bit of a fangirl crush on the talent!
Pandemonium is the Swan Valley’s newest cellar door. They opened their doors about 8 months ago along Great Northern Highway in Baskerville, Swan Valley. It’s an amazing spot which looks out to the Perth Hills and with $5 glasses of wine, you really can’t say no to stopping by the cellar door. Mr. Spittoon and I visited Pandemonium Estate last month so we were super excited to head back there so soon to help celebrate some new releases and give them a proper welcome to the Valley.
The event was proudly supported by Showcase of the Swan Valley, Posy in the Valley and Soy Lovely Candles. Who all did an amazing job! I absolutely loved the gorgeous styling of the event with the beautiful centre pieces by florists Posy in the Valley and the lovely Australian Bush scented candles from Soy Lovely Candles. Plus I was the lucky winner of one of the floral arrangements which my dining table is thoroughly enjoying displaying right now.
The Wine & Food
Ahhh the wine, always my favourite part of any event as you guys would know. Pandemonium have recently released 3 new tipples, the first is a 2015 ‘The Frutimer’ Chenin Blanc which I enjoyed a few glasses of and then there was the 2013 ‘Barbas’ Shiraz Tempranillo which both Mr. Spittoon and I were gushing over. It had a certain baking spice spiciness to it which had my taste buds dancing too. We bought a bottle of both of these new releases so I can write proper tasting notes over the coming weeks, stay tuned on my Facebook page.
The third was the new liqueur Muscat which ended the evening off so well and kept us nice and warm! I’ve always said wine is more efficient than a heater.
Naturally we also tried through the rest of the Pandemonium wines range, just to remind ourselves what they were like last month 😉
To keep our tummy’s at bay, Pandemonium were serving up absolutely delicious wood fired pizzas from the pizza oven out back. Oh my goodness I was in heaven. Pizza is my favourite food, team that with some cracking awesome wine and you have one happy lady. Even the olive oil, salt and rosemary pizza was out of this world. I definitely ate more than my wedding dress wanted me to (but alas, I have a few months to work it off!).
The combination of wine, food and music is such a powerful one. When you have the 3 working in perfect unison then you’re guaranteed one heck of an atmosphere. Loraine and Martin met musician, Matt Boylan Smith at another wine event over east and knew he’d be the right fit for this event. Matt, ‘The Travelling Troubadour’, had flown from Bathurst on the day to be at Pandemonium and he put on one heck of a show.
With the wine freely flowing and the tasty bites of pizza, Matt’s beautiful tone really set a wonderful mood for the event. He covered the likes of Johnny Cash, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5 and even supervised a bit of karaoke done by Martin and friend which gave everyone a good chuckle.
Mr. Spittoon was totally making fun of me the entire afternoon as I was literally being a total fangirl for Matt. Plus I saw him swig a few sips of red wine on his breaks (I sound a bit stalker-ish now don’t I) which gives him further cool points! I had to buy his CD ‘Three Words’ for $10 to take home. I feel a bit embarrassed to admit that I listened to it twice in a row while sipping on some more wine after we got home that evening.
This event ticked all the boxes for me – delicious wines, great food and toe-tapping music. Loraine and Martin definitely know what good hospitality is and it’s safe to say we’re both already looking forward to the next event at Pandemonium! A huge well done and thank-you to everyone involved and WELCOME TO THE VALLEY guys!