Drinks Adventures

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Based in Australia, but globally minded, Drinks Adventures is an entertaining podcast covering the world of fine drinks. Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? Drinks Adventures covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on! Listen in as host James Atkinson interviews some of the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking and distilling, along with sommeliers, bartenders, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones. Previous guests include actor and winemaker Sam Neill; musician and winemaker Maynard James Keenan; techno artist and Japanese sake aficionado Richie Hawtin; and wine critics Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes. We've met cricketers turned winemakers Sir Ian Botham and Ricky Ponting, whisky experts Dave Broom and Charles Maclean MBE; Japanese sake expert John Gauntner; cocktail historian and Sipsmith Gin master distiller Jared Brown; tequila and mixology pioneer Julio Bermejo; Champagne Lanson cellarmaster Hervé Dantan and bourbon master distiller Marianne Eaves. Other guests have included Australian wine expert Andrew Caillard MW; Teeling Irish Whiskey's Stephen Teeling; craft beer pioneer Phil Sexton; Cameron Mackenzie of Australian gin heavyweights Four Pillars Gin; James Godfrey of Penfolds Wines; Starward Whisky founder David Vitale; and Bentspoke Brewing Company's Richard Watkins. Host James Atkinson is a Certified Cicerone® and the only dual winner of Best Media at the Australian International Beer Awards (2017 and 2021). A lover of all fine drinks, James has contributed as a journalist to myriad wine, beer and spirits publications including Good Food, Selector, Gourmet Traveller Wine and Halliday. He is former editor of TheShout and Brews News. Contact him by emailing [email protected]
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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.

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