When an Australian garage rock band, local small-batch winemakers and a concept online wine store come together to collaborate on a new vino, it really only makes sense for it to be goon, right?
Goon is historically known to be pretty gross, like back in our high school days when there was minimal money to go around and sometimes the only thing to drink was what was in the pantry… and we’d resort to “cooking wine”.
So, when Australian “shed rock” band The Chats teamed up with the winemakers at Delinquente, cask wine was a no-brainer.
The Chats formed in Queensland in 2016 and are about have earnt a following for their larrikin attitude and to-the-point lyrics on Australian stereotypes.
Although—as you can imagine—the band are often seen drinking beers (their Instagram handle is literally @thechatslovebeer), they say they loved the collaborative winemaking process.
“We never really drink wine, however, goon is an exception on special occasions,” says frontman Eamon Sandwith in an article on Good Food. “We had a swig and thought, ‘this actually isn’t bad’.”
Although the headline acts are The Chats and Delinquente, the team making this all happen behind the scenes is Built to Spill Wine, which is an online wine store devoted to “connecting good people with great wine”.
They focus on natural wines made by small producers that then collaborate with local music talent… and everyone wins.
The team behind this online wine store are no strangers to the music industry. Co-founders of Built to Spill Wine, Trad Natan and Tyla Dombroski co-own Brisbane and Sydney live music venues Crowbar, seeing them have a hand in the ultimate hospo meets local music crossover.
At the start of COVID-19, the co-owners teamed up with artist management and recording company Unified Music Group, to help keep small incomes coming in for musicians and batch winemakers.
Unsurprisingly, they’ve done pretty damn well, releasing 15 small-batch creations so far, including the Youngbloods Shiraz – a mash-up between metalcore band The Amity Affliction and Rikard Wines in NSW – and Purest Strain of Grape, a dry red by Thy Art Is Murder and Victorian-based winemaker Konpira Maru.
And now, their latest drop collaborating with Delinquente and The Chats, sees an actually good goon option on the market.
It’s a white grape blend, fermented wild and with minimal intervention, except for a little bit of sulfur to keep the grubs out.
It’s hit the online shelves just in time for summer and you can buy it now.
Browse more small-batch creations online at Built to Spill Winehere.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.