Fall from Grace and The Fruitful Pursuit united to bring a unique wine and food experience to the Fleurieu Peninsula on May 7 and 8 as part of Tasting Australia 2016.
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Billed as “renegade”, 24 unconventional “hands-off” winemakers – in association with artisan food producers – introduced their products to over 100 guests at Fall From Grace in Aldinga on May 7 and 8.

For Annick Bahen, from By Jingo, the exhibition was encouraging.

“There’s a much younger age group here today than I was expecting and it’s really encouraging to hear what they have to say about the wines,” she said.

“Rather than pouring them a glass, they’re asking a lot of questions; they want to learn more and keen to try new varieties.

“Fall from Grace and Fruitful Pursuit are wonderful. Excellent. They’ve connected us with people who love what we do.”

For twenty-somethings Amanda Nash and Imran Khalil they found the event caused them to “fall in love with new varieties and fall back in love with old varieties”.

That’s good news for James Hopkins who said the focus of The Fruitful Pursuit is to “develop these very intimate experiences with smaller scale producers” and that when planning the Tasting Australia event there was only one person he wanted to partner with: Gill Gordon Smith, winemaker, educator, and proprietor of Fall From Grace.

“Gill is essentially the backbone of everything forward moving in wine in South Australia,” he said.

“As far as I’m concerned she’s had a huge impact on giving people confidence and an open understanding of how wine can be appreciated; why it should be appreciated.

“And she’s the first to admit that wine is completely subjective; that everyone’s palate is just as valid and valuable as any wine judge’s.

“My aligning with Gill for this event was perfect.”

And Gill was delighted with the outcome.

“I enjoy the fact there’s a great interaction between winemakers and consumers,” she said.

“This is really a good fun day, a great atmosphere – and it’s happening at Aldinga.”

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NO BARRIER: Annick Bahen from By Jingo.

GOOD BLEND: James Hopkins, The Fruitful Pursuit, and Gill Gordon Smith, Fall from Grace.

IN LOVE: Amanda Nash and Imran Khalil fell in love with new wine styles presented at the event.