Drinks Adventures

Cricket legend Ricky Ponting's new wine venture was understandably met with some scepticism when it was first announced.

I'll admit that my initial reaction was, 'not another celebrity wine brand'. But I subsequently learnt that there was much more to Ponting Wines than one of those, shall we say cynical agreements where a famous person licenses their name and image in exchange for royalties on the resulting sales.

On his retirement from test cricket in 2012, Ricky was gifted 41 bottles of Penfolds Grange by Cricket Australia – one for every test century he scored in his remarkable career.

This certainly helped crystallise an interest in wine that Ricky and his wife Rhianna have since continued to explore in his retirement.

Ricky and Rhianna are partners in Ponting Wines and they see it as a long-term venture that they can maybe one day pass on to their children.

And they are working on this project with a very reputable winemaker. Ben Riggs has been in the winemaking game both in Australia and internationally for more than 35 years, initially at renowned McLaren Vale winery Wirra Wirra. And then later at his own company, Mr Riggs Wine Co., which he founded in 2001.

Ben and the Pontings are working on the project with drinks industry veteran David Krenich, who spent 17 years in commercial and marketing roles at Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.

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Drinks Adventures is a podcast for adventurous drinkers of wine, beer, whisky, gin, Japanese sake... and everything in between.Previous guests include actor and winemaker Sam Neill; techno artist and sake aficionado Richie Hawtin; wine critics Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes; cricketers turned winemakers Sir Ian Botham and Ricky Ponting, whisky expert Dave Broom; sake expert John Gauntner; cocktail historian Jared Brown; and legendary mixologist Julio Bermejo.Drinks Adventures is produced and hosted by award-winning drinks writer James Atkinson.Contact us by emailing [email protected] This description is from Drinks Adventures.

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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