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Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? Based in Australia, but globally minded, Drinks Adventures covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on!
Listen in as award-winning drinks writer James Atkinson interviews the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking, distilling and mixology, along with sommeliers, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones.

Drinks Adventures - Wine, beer, whisky, gin & more with James Atkinson Wine, Beer & Whisky Network Australia

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    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? Based in Australia, but globally minded, Drinks Adventures covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on!
Listen in as award-winning drinks writer James Atkinson interviews the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking, distilling and mixology, along with sommeliers, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones.

    Sparkling shiraz, Australia's own wine style

    Sparkling shiraz, Australia's own wine style

    Victorian winery Seppelt today is probably best known for its exquisite table wines.
    I’m talking about St Peters Shiraz from its home region of the Grampians, and chardonnay, riesling and pinot noir from the esteemed Drumborg Vineyard in the cooler climes of Henty.
    Perhaps lesser known to some of us is Seppelt’s rich heritage in sparkling wines.
    In 2022, the company highlighted that pedigree with two new cuvees named in honour of Charles Pierlot, the Frenchman who in 1890 made Australia’s first traditional method sparkling wines at Seppelt’s Great Western winery.
    Pierlot also pioneered one of Australia’s most unique wine styles, sparkling shiraz.
    Seppelt Show Sparkling remains the benchmark for this style today. And Seppelt winemaker Clare Dry argues it deserves to be consumed more broadly than the traditional occasion of Christmas time.
    In this special episode of Drinks Adventures, produced in partnership with Seppelt, I started by asking Clare about the story behind this unique wine.
    Later in this interview, you’ll find out a little bit more about how sparkling shiraz is made, and we’ll explore the new vintage, 2012 Show Sparkling, released this year.
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    • 19 min
    Champion cider maker Tim Jones turns hand to vinegar

    Champion cider maker Tim Jones turns hand to vinegar

    Dr Tim Jones is undoubtedly one of Australia’s top cider makers. After starting his drinks production career making industrial cider in Cascade Brewery, Tim joined Willie Smith’s as head cider maker in 2014.
    He stayed in that role until 2020 and during that period of almost six years, Willie Smith’s won a stack of trophies for its ciders showcasing the complexity offered by heirloom English and French cider apple varieties.
    Tim’s new venture is Wild Mother Tasmania, a vinegar company that like Willie Smiths is based in the Huon Valley, Tasmania.
    Wild Mother is dedicated to minimal intervention, unfiltered and unpasteurised vinegars from apples and cherries, some of which have been aged in casks that have previously held bourbon, port and Tasmanian whisky.
    And more relevantly to this podcast, there are also some liqueurs and apple brandies in the pipeline that you’ll hear about, right after Tim explains how he first became interested in exploring the world of craft vinegar.
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    • 23 min
    Drinks trends with Lion innovation director, Chris Moschos

    Drinks trends with Lion innovation director, Chris Moschos

    Five years ago when I started this podcast I never thought I’d see small craft brewers making products like hard seltzers, low carb and non-alcoholic beers, or “cervezas” that to me look very much like the macro lagers they originally railed against.
    But these are interesting and challenging times in the drinks industry. All producers are currently grappling with a plethora of economic headwinds and the need to cater for increasingly health conscious consumers.
    Chris Moschos, who is innovation director at Lion, is better placed than most to speak about these trends.
    Prior to joining Lion – Australia’s second biggest brewer – in February 2022, Chris worked for almost 14 years at spirits company Diageo Australia.
    In this interview, Chris and I speak about a couple of Lion’s big bets in 2023. James Squire Stride, the first low carb beer released by the pioneering craft beer brand in its 25-year history.
    And Kirin Hyoketsu, a premix vodka lemon sour that’s been phenomenally successful in Japan, where it’s been available since 2001.
    This is a special episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast, produced in partnership with Lion.
    And given Chris’s job title, I started this interview by asking what the word ‘innovation’ means to him.
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    • 21 min
    Foraging botanicals with Darwin Distilling Co

    Foraging botanicals with Darwin Distilling Co

    Darwin Distilling Co is a Northern Territory distillery founded by our guest this episode of the podcast, hospitality entrepreneur Rebecca Bullen.
    Originally from Victoria, Bec was lured to Darwin by the opportunity to open the city’s first wine bar, Stone House, which launched in 2016 and is still going strong today.
    She subsequently opened the gin bar and restaurant Charlie’s of Darwin in January 2020, with the distillery as its centrepiece.
    Carefully avoiding encounters with snakes and crocodiles, Bec forages local botanicals to create a uniquely Territorian range of gins and vodkas, with cane spirits also in the pipeline.
    I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I’ve never been Darwin, or the NT for that matter, so started by asking Bec about the appeal of living and working in this unique city.
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    • 29 min
    Dr Rachel Barrie, legendary Scotch whisky master blender

    Dr Rachel Barrie, legendary Scotch whisky master blender

    With more than 30 years’ experience in the whisky industry, Dr Rachel Barrie was the first female Scotch whisky Master Blender inducted into Whisky Magazine’s illustrious ‘Hall of Fame’.
    Also known as the 'First Lady of Scotch', Rachel studied chemistry before landing a job as research scientist at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute.
    She then moved into production at The Glenmorangie Company, becoming Master Blender in 2003.
    During that time Rachel also managed the stocks for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, before moving to Morrison Bowmore Distillers with Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch, and subsequently working with Laphroaig and Ardmore. 
    Since 2017, Rachel has been Master Blender for Brown Forman’s Single Malt portfolio, comprising Glendronach, Benriach and Glenglassaugh – distilleries we previously explored on this podcast with global brand ambassador Stewart Buchanan in 2022.
    I’m excited to share this fascinating interview with Rachel that I recorded when she was in Sydney recently.
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    • 30 min
    Rise of Grenache, with Jimmy Watson winner Hentley Farm

    Rise of Grenache, with Jimmy Watson winner Hentley Farm

    Established in 1884, the Melbourne Royal Wine Awards annually attracts around 2,500 entries from over 400 wineries from across the country.
    The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy is the pinnacle of the competition. It’s awarded to the best one or two year old red wine as blind tasted by the judges.
    Last year, the winner was the 2021 Old Legend Grenache from Hentley Farm in the Barossa Valley.
    It was another milestone in the ascendancy of Australian grenache, which is something I’ve discussed recently on the podcast with both with Max Allen and Jane Lopes.
    Hentley Farm chief winemaker Andrew Quin joins us this episode with the trophy presentation for the 2023 Melbourne Royal Wine Awards coming up this Friday November 3.
    Wolf Blass once said the Jimmy Watson was worth a million dollars to the winning producer, so I started by asking Andrew about the significance of last year’s prize to Hentley Farm.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

caleb_podcasts ,

Awesome Podcast!

This podcast will teach you all about different drinks and allow for amazing talking points. Also James is such a fun host that makes every episode super entertaining!

kateaka ,

A Seasoned Pro

James is a seasoned food and drinks writer and this latest podcast installment will no doubt garner many followers. While it’s his his first podcast, it’s not his first rodeo. He is the Antony Bourdain of drinks.

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