The Pinot & Picasso Booze Guide

Pinot & Picasso Booze Guide
Want to know what drinks you should bring to your Pinot & Picasso session? There is absolutely NO wrong answer to this! There is booze for every mood!

While everybody has different tastes but we’re here to offer some tips & ideas. Here is a bit of a guide to help you decide what you’d like to bring to your Pinot & Picasso session!

WINE

Wine not?! It’s in the name, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to a glass of Pinot, or wine in general. However, wine is our most popular drip of choice. 

Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or just enjoying a night out, sparkling wine will never look out of place at Pinot & Picasso. Pop a bottle of your favourite Champagne or other sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava. 

For those who are newbies, we recommend easing into the world of wine with some crisp and semi-sweet whites like a Moscato, Pinot Grigio or a Sav Blanc. For those who want to dip their toe into red wine, we suggest a Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais Nouveau (fancy!)

If you are attending Pinot & Picasso in the warmer seasons, a Rosé is a perfect summer drink. It is a great wine to have for those early sessions. It also pairs well with a variety of different foods, which puts it a level above just red & white wines.

BEER

Put your male partners at ease… they CAN get on the beers at Pinot & Picasso! Often people stick to the beer they’ve been drinking for years, so here is some advice on what type of beer to drink according to the season:

In colder weather, darker and medium to full-bodied beers will be your alcohol blanket. These type of beers are often brewed with spices, herbs & fruits. Try an IPA, Old Ales, Mild Ales, or a Stout.

In the warmer seasons, light to medium-bodied beers is your go-to. You want beers that can be served cold without completely numbing your palate. Try a Pale Ale, Summer Ale, or a Lager.

Many craft breweries like to produce different beers throughout the year. Here are some recommended Aussie beers: Young Henry’s, Balter, 4 Pines, Coopers.

Ciders are also a good summer alternative for beer! Somersby, Strongbow & Rekorderlig have some great flavours to choose from.

PRE-MIXED DRINKS

If spirits are your preference, you can bring some pre-mixed drinks to our studios. Whether you like a clear spirit like Vodka or Gin or have an acquired taste for Bourbon or Whiskey – there are so many options out there for you!

This doesn’t mean bringing in a full bottle of straight rum with you to our studio. It’s gotta be pre-mixed – easier for you and our hosts. Many of the big brands like Smirnoff, Gordon’s, Jack Daniels & Jim Beam have RTD cans in 4-6 packs ready for any occasion. 

 

Ultimately, it’s entirely up to you and what you’d like to drink at our studios. We hope this guide steers you in the right direction (most likely the bottle shop!). We’ve also got you covered with glasses, so when we say you bring just the drinks, we mean it! We look forward to seeing you in a Pinot & Picasso studios soon. Cheers! 

How to Make the Ultimate Grazing Board

P&P Grazing Platter
Grazing platters are arguably the standout at any event or function. They have evolved from being a simple plate of cheese cubes, cabanossi, Jatz crackers, and carrot sticks. They are now a statement for the catering tables with delicatessen meats, fresh fruit, nut varieties & gourmet dips. 

Here are some tips on how you can impress a crowd with the ultimate grazing platter:

Be prepared

Before figuring out what snacks you’ll have, there are a few questions you have to ask yourself: how many guests will be in attendance? Is anyone allergic or intolerant to certain foods? What’s in season?

Once you have these questions answered, you can start to whirl around some ideas on what you want your platter to look like.

 

Size matters

The size of your platter ultimately determines how big & grand you can go with your grazing board. 

If you don’t have a platter, you can use a chopping board or a baking tray as an alternative. No matter what you use, you can also use baking paper on top of the surface. 

 

Utensils

The food is very important, yes, but you also don’t want to forget certain utensils are crucial to the board. Here’s a checklist of utensils you’ll need 

  • Cheese knives
  • Toothpicks
  • Napkins
  • Plates & cutlery – throwaway ones are fine! 
  • Servers

 

Cheese, please!

What is a grazing platter without cheese? Having 2-3 different types of cheeses is ideal for your board. No matter how soft or hard the cheese is, you can never go wrong with a block of cheddar or brie. 

Want to steer clear of those popular cheeses? Try a Manchego or Provolone for hard cheese fans. For those who like their soft cheese, try a Gouda or Saint Andre as an alternative. 

 

Dip it real good

Dips are great for adding colour to the board and bringing great flavours to compliment the food on your platter. Many people now make their own dips for their grazing platters like hummus or guacamole. 

If time is of the essence, buying pre-made dips is also perfectly fine. There are now so many varieties of gourmets dips available at supermarkets that it will almost become one of the hardest decisions to make. 

 

Tutti frutti

Fruit is a perfect and refreshing addition to the grazing platter. Bite-sized fruits, like grapes and berries, will always be a safe option for your platter. Dried fruit varieties are also nice additions to the platter, like dried apricot or even semi-dried tomatoes.

Fruit is seasonal, so be sure to make sure you are adding fruits that compliment the time of year you are attending P&P. 

 

Chocolate & baked goods

Be sure to cater for those with sweet tooths! The best grazing platters are full of sweet and savoury snacks. Little blocks of chocolate or chocolate varieties can never go wrong on your board.  

If you have time, adding baked goodies will bring your platter to an 11/10! People are suckers for homemade cookies, brownies, slices – the list goes on!  

 

Fill in the gaps

Once you know what you want, it’s time to add the extras. Crackers are vital to the platter – you want crackers that won’t fall apart and handle whatever you put on it. Just like cheeses, you want a selection of biscuits on the board as well. You don’t have to limit yourself to just crackers either – sliced baguettes, pita bread, crispbread, pretzels, and breadsticks are also great choices for your grazing platter. 

Adding deli meats, sliced veggies & olives can level up the savoury game of the board. Nuts like almonds, cashews and many other nut varieties can never go wrong on a grazing platter. Be sure to leave no gaps – the fuller, the better! 

 

Arrangement

There is nothing people love more than taking a snap of food, let alone grazing platters! Sometimes it’s good to pre-plan where everything will be placed on the board. Keep everything wrapped and play around with the arrangement.

Once you are happy with the arrangement, go for your life! It’s important to have fun with grazing platters and let your creativity take charge. 

 

Whether you are attending a public or private session, you can add grazing boards to your Pinot & Picasso tickets. You can also bring your own nibbles along to your session.  

 

Dress to Impress at Pinot & Picasso

Pinot & Picasso

We get it. It’s a tough decision to decide what to wear to your Pinot & Picasso session or function. There are many factors to consider – what you are celebrating, your location, how formal or casual it is, what other people are wearing – it can be all too much!

Here are some tips from our P&P hosts to help you dress to impress:

 

Comfort is key

There is nothing worse than regretting wearing something that you just don’t feel comfy in. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple! Jeans and a nice top will always look on-brand at the Pinot & Picasso studios. 

Always bring a jacket with you to our sessions. Even if it’s 35 degrees outside, the air con is likely to be pumping and we don’t want anyone to go cold! 

 

Leave your designer clothes for the runway

No one wants to hear someone complaining about paint on their clothes, especially designer clothes. Those articles of clothing are not fabricated for art studios. 

Best to save the designer outfits for another occasion (or the runway!)

 

Go hard on accessories

There are other ways to make your outfit go from chick to chic. Statement jewellery items will always earn a big tick – and even some compliments.  

Accessories like earrings, necklaces or headbands will never look out of fashion at our studios. It also shows us a bit of your personality!

 

Swap high heels for low riders

Since we are dealing with paint, you want to make sure you are eliminating all possible opportunities where paint can land on you. Enclosed shoes are highly recommended in the studio environment. 

While heels and sandals can jazz up your outfit, it is preferred to keep it comfy and casual with enclosed shoes like sneakers or boots. This doesn’t mean we’re going to send you away if you come in sandals or high heels – it is only a recommendation! 

 

All in all, be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. While you will be wearing a P&P apron, we can’t guarantee that you might get a splash of paint on yourself – it is all part of the fun.

Introducing Mumdala!

P&P Mothers Day
This year for Mother’s Day, the Pinot & Picasso team have created another combined canvas artwork to create our very own Mum-dala!

A Mandala starts at the core, and expands out to develop into something truly beautiful, much like our relationship with our mothers.

What we love most about this artwork is how it able to thrive exquisitely on its own, but becomes an even greater, complex and stunning artwork when combined! As with all of our paintings, we allow for creativity and design to run free. Participants can paint their backgrounds any colour, and the Mandala design is able to be tailored in any way wish!

Our Mumdala artwork will debut in all studios across the Mother’s Day weekend. The best thing about this combined canvas is that it can be tailored for groups of two, three and four! 

These sessions are now live on our P&P calendars! If you’d like to treat your mum this Mother’s Day, be sure to organise yourselves quickly – we think these sessions will sell out fast!

Franchisee Focus: Mitch Revs

P&P Mitch Revs

A proud co-owner of Pinot & Picasso Newcastle studio, renowned local artist, Mitch Revs, started his journey with us a long 18 months ago. We had a chat to him about what it’s like being a part of the P&P family.

 

What convinced you to join the Pinot & Picasso as a Franchisee?

“The idea of re-connecting people with their creative side was something that excited me. As an artist, I hear people everyday say “I wish I was creative” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”, “You’re so lucky” – These kinds of people make up more than 50% of Pinot & Picasso workshops, and 99% of the time they leave so happy and surprised with how well their painting turned out. It is a great way for me to educate the people of Newcastle that art is not about being best in the room, it is just about expression and having fun!”


What was the process like becoming a P&P Franchisee? 

“Relatively fast & stress-free. I’m sure my experience is a lot different to others though as I joined forces with James and Aaron, therefore most of the work was done on their end.”

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?
“Bringing the community together through art – and wine!


How has your studio been received by your community?
“People love our workshops. We get lots of returning customers wanting to try out all of the different paintings. It’s a challenge, it’s fun and a great vibe!”


If there was one reason to join P&P, what would it be?
“Pinot & Picasso is its own fun, creative community. If you are looking for a fun, low-investment opportunity, I highly recommend Pinot & Picasso!”

Our Latest Artwork Drop is here!

Pinot & Picasso New Artworks

March has been the month of new artworks! We’ve got TWO more awesome additions to our Pinot & Picasso artwork gallery!

Our fantastic artists are continuing to roll-out some amazing paintings that are quickly becoming customer favourites! We have a feeling these latest artworks just might tickle your fancy…

Check out the new artworks coming to a Pinot & Picasso studio near you!

Adonis

Eyes up here ladies! Adonis channels the handsome young man of Greek mythology. We know this artwork will be a hit amongst out Hen’s night crew. If you love Adonis, you’re going to LOVE what we’ve got in store…

 Shady Palms

We’re bringing back some summer vibes with this refreshing beach artwork. This lovely painting was created by our artists from our Terrigal studio!

These new sessions are selling fast, so if these spark your interest – it’s best to book now to avoid disappointment!

FOUR Studios opening in April!

P&P New Studios April

It’s April already?! The team at Pinot & Picasso are stoked to announce the opening of FOUR new studios across NSW and QLD next month!

With these new locations, we have hit double digits for studio openings for 2021! With nine months left of 2021, we’re excited to see how many more sites will welcome Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience!

See below to find out where exactly our new studios are opening!

The following studios openings are:

Noosa – April 9th

Redcliffe – April 9th

Wagga Wagga – April 10th 

Enfield – Late April

We cannot wait bring the Pinot & Picasso experience to these awesome communities! You can book yourself and your closest pals in for a session now at these wonderful new studios! Trust us when we say tickets sell out fast

NEW School Holidays Artwork!

Pinot & Picasso School Holidays
School holidays are sneaking up on us (eeeek!) and we’ve released the perfect artwork for the little ones to release their inner Picasso & superhero! 

Take the kids off your hands and bring them to one of our Pinot & Picasso studios for a creative lesson! We’ve got plenty of kids and family sessions over the school holiday period across our studio calendars.

INTRODUCING I AM SUPER!

Kids can now officially create the hero of their dreams! This superhero artwork allows for the little ones to choose their own colours and include their own letter in the centre of the artwork! 

I Am Super joins our fantastic gallery of kids & family-friendly artworks. These paintings will also be available for sessions these school holidays!

The sessions are bound to sell out fast, so if this sounds like the perfect activity for your kids – it’s best to book now ahead now!

Easter Sessions are Live!

Pinot & Picasso Easter

The Easter Bunny has hopped into our Pinot & Picasso studios early this year and left some goodies behind! We’ve got a NEW artwork as well as a themed favourite ready for the Easter weekend!

Our sessions will be family-friendly over the long weekend. Make it an Easter celebration the kids will never forget! 

Our Easter Artworks!

Eggscellent
Our second Easter artwork is all about the Easter egg. Paint with all the colours of the rainbow and embrace your creativity with this eggciting artwork!

Boho Bunny
This cute bunny is back again for the holiday! Make this chic hopper your next masterpiece this Easter!

These sessions are now live on our website. They are bound to sell out fast, so if these tickle your fancy – it’s best to book now ahead now!

Celebrating Two Years of Franchising

P&P Franchising

It’s been a wild ride since we’ve become a franchising business two years ago. We opened our second studio in Byron Bay in February 2019 and since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength. After a wonderful 24 months, we spent some time reflecting on our biggest achievements here at Pinot & Picasso.

  • Major growth in 24 months

Since opening in February 2019, we’ve sold to over 55 sold territories with 40 studios open for business. Our biggest growth came post-COVID outbreak – much to our surprise! We had a total of 12 studios operating in June 2020. This figure tripled in a six-month time frame and we finished 2020 with 36 studios trading nationwide. 

  • Expanding into five states

During these 24 months, we’ve locked ourselves in on becoming a national brand. We have almost sold out ALL locations in NSW. This success meant that launching interstate was less daunting knowing that we have a business model that works. We now have multiple studios in Queensland, Victoria and the ACT, with plans to open studios in South Australia and Western Australia. 

  • P&P goes international

The buck doesn’t just stop in Australia. Thanks to the enormous success and growth in 2020, the Pinot & Picasso brand is officially expanding into the international market. We’ve sold three territories across the Tasman already. We could not be more excited to bring the Pinot & Picasso experience to New Zealand. 

  • The Pinot & Picasso Art Box

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many unprecedented challenges to businesses. With studios closed due to lockdown, we decided to adapt with the times and released our very own Art Box. We utilised the Facebook Live and Zoom platforms respectively to run virtual sessions on weekends and give people some joy during a tough time. This has since expanded to the company running virtual functions across the country and even overseas. 

  • The Pinot App

We updated our business of the digital landscape and developed a Pinot & Picasso App purely for our Franchise Owners. The P&P App allows our franchisee’s to seamlessly manage their studio. From bookings to revenue, the app allows our franchisee’s to work on the run.

 

Are you interested in joining the Pinot & Picasso family? Book a call via the button below for more details on available opportunities with Pinot & Picasso.

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