The Fruitful Pursuit wine jaunts are usually in the business of taking people to the far corners of the state for a behind-the-scenes experience of winery life. Now, a series of dinners brings those small-scale operators and forward-thinking winemakers to the city.
“We're launching The Fruitful Pursuit's Deg Series as a little offshoot to our expeditions,” says founder James Hopkins. “The weekend exodus to wine country is what made us, but we're hoping to reel it in and thread some love back into Adelaide's culinary scene.”
The series, which will run at least monthly, begins with a dinner at Ballaboosta on Monday September 5. Four mezze and home-style flavour-packed courses prepared by owner Naj Moubayed and his mother Betty will be matched to Vanguardist Wines from the Clare Valley.
“We're keeping it honest,” says Hopkins. “Nobody wants to drop 120 bones on a Monday night, nor do they need 10 courses of elaborate artwork.”
45 seats means it’ll be an intimate affair and, like The Fruitful Pursuit tours, expect to get matey with the winemakers and learn about what’s in the glass.
“Stylistically, Vanguardist challenges convention,” Hopkins says. “But the delivery is still unarguably brilliant. It is very forward boozemanship.”
Holding the event on a hospitality-worker night off is no coincidence either.
“We're definitely gearing these little degs to the industry that gives so much, week in week out,” says Hopkins. “With little opportunity to immerse themselves in their own culture.”