Welcome back to the Drinks Adventures podcast for 2023.
If you’ve been with me on the show since the beginning you’ll recall a brilliant chat back in Season One with winemaker and brewer, Janice McDonald, who at that time was chief winemaker at Howard Park in Margaret River.
Janice recently joined her partner Stuart Pym at his boutique winery Flowstone, and they’re with us this episode as we hear all about the rekindling of their exciting winemaking partnership.
Janice and Stuart previously worked together in establishing the quirky Suckfizzle brand and Stella Bella Wines in 1999.
They were both key players in the establishment of Matilda Bay Brewing Co in the late 1980s before taking up winemaking roles at Voyager Estate and Devil’s Lair, respectively.
At Flowstone, their proven partnership will continue to focus on small parcels from vineyards they manage and own.
The lead varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, supplemented by unexpected and experimental wines including Gewürtztraminer, Touriga and a Shiraz Grenache blend.
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Drinks Adventures is a new podcast for adventurous drinkers of beer, wine, spirits, cider… and everything in between.
The impetus for the podcast is the many exciting trends we are currently witnessing across all categories of premium drinks.
Winemakers, brewers and distillers are increasingly experimenting and collaborating with one another on products that blur the definition of what’s in your glass like never before.
Such hybrid products are playing to drinkers who are increasingly open-minded and adventurous and enjoying a wide array of different drinks to suit different occasions, rather than identifying with one particular category.
Today’s drinker is consuming less alcohol overall, and instead spending more on higher quality products that deliver on flavour and are underpinned by authentic stories.
The people who produce and champion these fine drinks are the talent you will be hearing from on this podcast.
Drinks Adventures is produced and hosted by drinks writer James Atkinson.