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Drinks Adventures - Wine, beer, whisky, gin & more with James Atkinson

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Drinks Adventures - Wine, beer, whisky, gin & more with James Atkinson

An arts and society & culture podcast from Wine, Beer & Whiskey Network

Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it’s gin or vodka or mezcal you’re into?

The Drinks Adventures podcast 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.

Based in Australia, but globally minded, James takes a truly non-denominational approach to drinks. Contact him by emailing

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