38 episodes

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.

Contact us by emailing hello@drinksadventures.com.au

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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.

Contact us by emailing hello@drinksadventures.com.au

    Julio Bermejo, tequila pioneer and creator of the Tommy's Margarita cocktail

    Julio Bermejo, tequila pioneer and creator of the Tommy's Margarita cocktail

    The Tommy's Margarita is one of only 16 cocktails that have been officially recognised as 'New Era Drinks' by the International Bartenders Association.

    It was created by Julio Bermejo in 1990 at the restaurant founded by his parents in San Francisco, USA.

    Under Julio's influence, Tommy's Mexican Restaurant moved towards a singular focus on 100% agave tequilas, as opposed to what are known as mixto tequilas, in which distillers supplement the agave with cheaper sugars.

    This crusade brought global recognition for Tommy's as the world's leading tequila bar, honoured six times in The World's 50 Best Bars list since 2000.

    Julio was in Australia recently to judge the Patron Perfectionists cocktail competition, and thanks to Patron Tequila, I was able to catch up with him to record this interview that I'm delighted to share with Drinks Adventures listeners.

    • 18 min
    Sustainable wine and spirits with Laura Carter of Unico Zelo and Applewood

    Sustainable wine and spirits with Laura Carter of Unico Zelo and Applewood

    Based in Adelaide Hills, SA, Laura and husband Brendan Carter have long championed sustainable practices across their business, such as actively selecting grape varieties that best suit the Australian climate in order to minimise water use.

    In August 2019 - just like Stone & Wood Brewing Company, who we featured in that documentary back in season two - their company Unico was recognised more broadly for its social and environmental performance, becoming the first Australian distiller to be certified as a B Corporation.

    I started this interview by asking Laura how Team Unico got inspired to follow this particular path of wines and spirits production.

    • 22 min
    NZ's low alcohol wine pioneers, with viticulturalist Dr David Jordan

    NZ's low alcohol wine pioneers, with viticulturalist Dr David Jordan

    The NZ Lighter Wines initiative has 18 participating wineries. Their mission is to produce naturally low in alcohol wines that offer the same great drinking experience you can expect from their full-strength counterparts.

    The innovative project is being led by Dr David Jordan, known to his industry peers as DJ, a renowned viticulturalist who consults to many leading wineries in Australia and New Zealand.

    I'm excited to share with you this interview with DJ recorded recently in Marlborough, New Zealand, where I was a guest of New Zealand Lighter Wines.

    • 20 min
    American single malt whiskey with Westward co-founder Thomas Mooney

    American single malt whiskey with Westward co-founder Thomas Mooney

    Mention American whiskey to someone and they will likely think you are talking about bourbon and rye.

    But there's a new category of American whiskey that is on the rise, that of American single malt.

    Located in Portland, Oregon, Westward whiskey is the largest craft distiller on America's West Coast.

    In 2018 it received a minority investment from Distill Ventures, the same accelerator fund that has a stake in Australia's own Starward Whisky, as featured in season one of this podcast.

    In this episode, I speak with Westward CEO and co-founder Thomas Mooney about the company's journey to date taking American single malt whisky to the world.

    • 26 min
    Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine

    Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine

    Influential wine critic, Jancis Robinson, joins us on this episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast.

    In 1984, Jancis became the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine. She was awarded an OBE in 2003 by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

    But Jancis may be best known for her hugely admired reference books. She is co-author of The World Atlas of Wine, editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes.

    Jancis was in Australia recently to launch the eighth edition of The World Atlas of Wine, recognised as the essential and most authoritative wine reference book available.

    It was a privilege to sit down with Jancis for this extended interview.

    • 40 min
    UK wine critic Matthew Jukes on The Great Australian Red

    UK wine critic Matthew Jukes on The Great Australian Red

    Cabernet/Shiraz is the definitive Australian red blend, according to British wine writer Matthew Jukes.

    Together with Australia's Tyson Stelzer, he founded The Great Australian Red wine competition to recognise and celebrate this unique wine style.

    While in Australia recently for the 2019 competition, Matthew visited Coonawarra for the annual Cabernet Celebrations festival, where he presented a Great Australian Red masterclass at Wynns Coonawarra Estate - and of course, don't forget to check out my interview with Wynns senior winemaker Sue Hodder in season three of this podcast.

    I was at Wynns for Matthew's masterclass, and thanks to Coonawarra Vignerons and the digital agency Made With Moxie, I've been able to edit together a highlights package from the masterclass to share with Drinks Adventures listeners.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

Nickysujadi ,

Awesome Podcast

Love the podcast! Amazing content. Keep it up

gillianau ,

incredible content, fascinating stuff.

Professional podcast talking about one of my favourite pastimes..... drinking (good stuff only of course, sponsored by Fever Tree, I approve). Love the various topics, and it's always interesting. cheers!

Haralgumin ,

Great podcast for Australian alcohol lovers

James has a very good interview style and every interviewee has been entertaining.

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