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2020 was a vintage from hell for Mount Pleasant chief winemaker, Adrian Sparks. On January 7 he made the tough decision not to make any wine from that year’s crop, due to widespread smoke taint. The next day, he found out parent company McWilliam’s was going into administration. Going on three years later, Adrian joins us on the Drinks Adventures podcast with nothing but good news from Mount Pleasant. You heard from the Calabria family last season why they didn’t want to take on Mount Pleasant as part of their acquisition of McWilliam’s Wines. The companies went separate ways after 80 years, and the Hunter Valley winery now has a new lease on life under the ownership of investment group Medich Family Office. The Mediches have gone all in to revitalise the brand, funding a renovation for the cellar door, new viticulture equipment and an optical berry sorter that most winemakers can only dream of. Even the labels have had a revamp, with founder Maurice O’Shea’s family crest back on the bottle.  I started by asking Adrian to fill in the gaps since I last reported on Mount Pleasant in my 2020 podcast documentary on The Rise and Fall of McWilliam’s Wines.
Melbourne brewery Mountain Goat sold its first bottle of beer on October 4, 1997, which means the company is currently celebrating its 25th birthday.   That first beer was Hightail Ale. And a few years back, when I put together a list of the most formative beers in modern Australian brewing history, it was right at the top of my ten selections.   I’ve republished that article on the Drinks Adventures website https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/09/20/the-most-important-australian-craft-beers-of-all-time/ (here).   A hell of a lot has changed in the last 25 years since Dave Bonighton and Cam Hines made what was – at the time – a pretty crazy move: Launching full-flavoured craft beers for an Australian public that weren’t really ready for them yet.   This is a special episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast, produced in partnership with Mountain Goat.   In 2015, the company has acquired by Asahi, which today trades locally as Carlton & United Breweries.   Dave and Cam are no longer in the picture so our guest this episode is Alana Rees, head brewer, who is a veteran of the company – she’s been there since before the sale.   Much of our discussion surrounds the evolution of craft beer in Australia, and of the product mix at Mountain Goat. Hightail Ale is no longer in its core range, having made way for some beers that are a little more in keeping with current trends.   But I asked Alana first up what Goat has planned to mark its 25th anniversary.
Adam Wadewitz joined Shaw + Smith as senior winemaker in 2013, with a strong pedigree that included stints at Seppelt and Best’s Great Western. Coming up to his 10th anniversary, Adam is now a partner and joint CEO, a role he shares with David LeMire, and he’s helped drive Shaw + Smith’s evolution into one of Australia’s most exciting wine companies. Shortly before Adam joined, Shaw + Smith founders Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith purchased one of Tasmania’s top sites for chardonnay and pinot noir, the Tolpuddle Vineyard. And in 2015, the group started The Other Wine Co. as a vehicle for experimenting with some different varieties and wine styles. Shaw + Smith is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Tolpuddle wines, and its expansion into the McLaren Vale region, with the acquisition of an esteemed vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region. They’ve titled it MMAD – that’s M-M-A-D – an acronym of Martin, Michael, Adam and David. It’s planted to grenache, shiraz and chenin, and the debut wines have just hit the market. That’s coming up later in the interview. But given Adam is originally from McLaren Vale, I asked him how he came to spend most of his winemaking career working in cooler climate regions.
Our guest this episode is Trent Fraser, who is heading up the groundbreaking Australian Agave Project for Top Shelf International. When we spoke in early September, Trent was getting ready to unveil the brand identity for the project, which has since been revealed as https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/09/12/act-of-treason-australian-agave-spirit-coming-in-2024/ (Act of Treason Australian Agave Spirit). It’s the first agave spirit produced at scale in Australia, and the largest agave spirit project outside Mexico. Top Shelf — the ASX-listed company behind Ned Whisky and Grainshaker Vodka — has planted more than 500,000 blue weber agaves at its Eden Lassie farm in Far North Queensland, with one million to be planted by the end of 2024. It was the project that lured Trent home after 20-plus years in New York, where he worked for LVMH — Moét Hennessy Louis Vuitton — first on Dom Perignon Champagne, and then the Volcan Tequila brand, which he helped build from scratch. So this isn’t Trent’s first rodeo. And coming up, you'll hear why he’s so confident about the prospects for an Australian product that isn’t trying to be tequila or mezcal, but rather our own regional expression of agave, a spirit category that is currently booming worldwide.
You probably know by now that Fever-Tree are big supporters of Drinks Adventures. In fact I can say without any exaggeration that I would not be sitting here talking to you if it hadn’t been for their support over the last few years, so thanks very much to Andy and Caroline at Fever-Tree Australia. Given this relationship I reckon it’s overdue that we get Fever-Tree ambassador Trish Brew on for a short chat about one of their new mixers. And this is a product I’m personally excited about, Fever-Tree Distillers Cola. I do enjoy my dark spirits and it’s surely time we had a cola that was purpose built for mixing with the premium products we’re drinking these days. Fever-Tree Distillers Cola is made up of Caribbean Kola Nuts, Tahitian Limes, and a selection of distilled botanicals and spices, resulting in a deliciously rich and balanced mixer for your favourite dark spirits. With no artificial sweeteners or colours, Distillers Cola allows the ingredients to speak for themselves with top notes of refreshing lime, complex spices and a hint of vanilla to finish. Where leading cola brands use their strong flavour profiles to mask the flavour of spirits, Distillers Cola has been designed to complement and elevate the flavour of whiskies from the finest distilleries around the world. With whisky and cola making up 28 per cent of all mixed drinks, Distillers Cola fits perfectly into the Fever-Tree range to accommodate dark spirits drinkers who want to mix with the best.
China drinks expert Ian Ford previously joined us on Drinks Adventures https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/06/29/lessons-from-sars-and-china-drinks-trends-with-industry-veteran-ian-ford-s5e8/ (in June 2020). The plan was to get his insights about the pandemic’s likely impact on the drinks industry, but it turned into a really interesting discussion about wine, spirits and beer consumption trends in China, more generally. This is another update on the dynamic Chinese drinks market, including moves by spirits giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard to establish single malt distilleries there, and the opportunities Ian can see for Australian distillers. First off though, we get Ian’s thoughts on the news that Australian icon Penfolds is set to make wine in China. It’s a bid to circumvent the punitive Chinese tariffs implemented on Australian wine imports in August 2021. I started by asking Ian whether he was surprised at the severity of those tariffs, and the ripple effect for the global wine market.
It’s not every day one of the Blues Brothers serenades you down the phone line. But that’s how things play out in the opening episode of Season 14 of Drinks Adventures, as we head to Ontario, Canada, to talk with actor, musician and comedian Dan Aykroyd. Dan is on the show primarily to talk about vodka, specifically Crystal Head Vodka, the brand he founded in 2008, long before the recent groundswell of Hollywood actors getting into the distilling business. We also get an update on his business interests in Canadian wine, and the challenges of launching the new Ghostbusters film during the pandemic. And I took the opportunity to ask Dan his thoughts on Belushi, the documentary on his late friend and collaborator, John Belushi, released in 2020.
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Season 14 of Drinks Adventures is coming soon, and it promises to be absolutely massive. Here's a small taste of what I have coming up for you in the next few weeks. Join my mailing list https://mailchi.mp/drinksadventures/newslettersubscribe (here) for more updates on the podcast.
Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing spirit category in the world, with sales to the US predicted to overtake Scotch whisky by 2030. It’s a remarkable turnaround for an industry that went through decades of decline. In 2010 there were only four operational Irish whiskey distilleries on the island of Ireland, north and south. Today there are more than 40, producing a much wider array of whiskey styles than the lighter, sweeter taste profile the country is known for. We’ll explore some of the heritage and production quirks that make Irish whiskey unique in this special episode of Drinks Adventures, made possible by the support of the https://www.ibec.ie/drinksireland/irish-whiskey (Irish Whiskey Association). You’ll meet its chief executive, William Lavelle, along with representatives from some emerging Irish whiskey brands: Teeling, Slane, Boann and The Dubliner. William gets us underway with an overview of the association and its remit.
If you caught the https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/09/mcwilliams-wines-concludes-143-years-of-family-ownership-s6e4/ (doco-style episode) I did on McWilliam’s Wines in 2020, you’ll know the company has been a market leader in fortified wines pretty much since forever. McWilliam’s is now owned by Calabria Family Wines. And far from seeing fortifieds as a dying part of the industry, you would have heard https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/08/11/mcwilliams-wines-aftermath-introducing-the-new-owners-s13e14/ (last episode) that Bill, Michael and Andrew Calabria actually see a lot of potential in them. They recognise that a new generation of drinkers are now getting introduced to fortifieds via Australian whiskies that have been finished in tawny, apera, topaque and muscat casks. Thanks to Calabria’s investment, McWilliam’s has relaunched its Hanwood Estate range of tawny fortifieds with refreshed branding that takes some cues from whisky, with age statements front and centre. McWilliam’s senior winemaker Russell Cody and assistant winemaker Mel McWilliam are ‘custodians’ of the fortified barrel collection at the Hanwood Winery, including the 30-Year Old material that is considered Very Rare. In this special episode, produced in partnership with McWilliams, Russell and Mel talk about the resurgence of these historic wines, and the evolution at Hanwood to making Tawny fortified in a slightly drier style.  You’ll learn how tawny is best consumed, and why you shouldn’t call it ‘port’ – which Russell himself is still wrestling with. And you'll hopefully come to understand that the rarest fortifieds present incredible value, when considered against the sky-high prices of extra mature whiskies, for example. The McWilliams Hanwood Estate Tawny Collection includes the following: McWilliam’s Classic 5-Year Aged Tawny (RRP $20.00) McWilliam’s Grand 10-Year Aged Tawny (RRP $28.00) McWilliam’s Rare 20-Year Aged Tawny (RRP $80.00) McWilliam’s Very Rare 30-Year Aged Tawny (RRP $175.00) Click https://mcwilliams.com.au/shop/premium-fortified (here) for further information.
Season 6 of the Drinks Adventures podcast featured a documentary episode on https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/09/mcwilliams-wines-concludes-143-years-of-family-ownership-s6e4/ (The Rise and Fall of McWilliam's Wines). There are some loose ends for us to tie up, as the 143-year-old company's anticipated sale to Prcstnt Asset Management https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/12/10/mcwilliams-wines-sale-falls-over/ (ultimately fell over). In this episode, you’ll meet the winery’s new owner, Calabria Family Wines, which was established in the Riverina in 1945 by Italian immigrants Francesco and Elisabeth Calabria, and is today led by second generation family member, Bill Calabria AM. Bill is still on the winemaking team today, and he joins us this episode along with his sons Andrew Calabria, the company’s sales and marketing manager, and Michael Calabria, general manager. The year 2022 was pivotal for Calabria, as the company acquired the McWilliam’s Wines brand and Hanwood Winery along with Deakin Estate and La La Land Wines, cementing it among the largest family-owned wine groups in Australia. Vintners & Co. Merchants is the new distribution arm of the company representing Calabria Family Wines’ international distribution partnerships and https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/08/01/fontanafredda-barolo-partners-with-calabrias-vintners-co-merchants/ (includes the Italian brands Fontanafredda), Canti and Librandi, prestigious Portugal port house Dow’s, Argentinian winery Dona Paula, and renowned French champagne producer Champagne Deutz. “We have rapidly expanded from a single producer-owned and operated wine company to a wine group housing some of Australia’s best-loved wine brands and a selection of diverse international wine distribution partnerships," Andrew Calabria said in a statement. The new brands and products will be serviced by the Calabria Family Wine Group sales team, which has added seven new members, mainly from McWilliam’s Wines. Calabria also appointed sixth generation family member, Scott McWilliam, as global brand ambassador for the McWilliam's brand. And first up this episode, I asked Scott what had happened since that supposed 2020 sale of McWilliam's, which seemed like a done deal.
Every day is International Beer Day, here at Drinks Adventures.But in case you needed another reason to celebrate the delights of beer in all its forms, this episode is going to air on the first Friday in August.And that means it’s the 16th annual International Beer Day.Kirrily Waldhorn, AKA Beer Diva, has been working in the beer industry for 23 years.A beer educator, writer and judge, Kirrily matches beer with food for a living.So you’re in good hands as we sit down for a discussion about some of the hottest beer style trends of the moment in Australia.This is a special episode produced in partnership with Zytho Brewing, which you’ll find exclusively in Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores.Created for Zythophiles – that’s another name for beer lovers – the Zytho range includes three hop-driven ales: Tropical Haze; Zesty Pale Ale and an IPA.There’s also the Velvet Luxe Stout, and winter recently brought the seasonal return of a White Stout.We’ll get Kirrily’s thoughts on this oxymoron of a beer style; along with the haze craze; the lager resurgence; and the boom in low and no alcohol craft beers; among other topics.Kirrily shares some beer and food matching tips along the way; and reveals the beer style she wishes was more popular among Australian drinkers.We started by talking about the recent news that Stout is having a re-birth in Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores, with sales up 8% on last winter.I asked Kirrily what she thinks might be driving the mainstream resurgence of one of our favourite beer styles.
We’re joined this episode by Chris Malcolm from recently launched Tasmanian whisky brand, Hidden Lake.If Chris’s name sounds familiar to you, that’s because he’s had a hand in several of the most significant Australian whisky ventures of the last decade.Chris was an early investor in Lark Distillery — going on to become its executive chairman and then CEO of the related entity, Australian Whisky Holdings.He was an early investor in, and director of, Top Shelf International, and he’s currently a director of leading oak barrel supplier, Master Cask, whose founder Darren Langhe we met back https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/03/05/oak-maturation-trends-in-australian-craft-spirits-with-master-casks-darren-lange/ (in March 2020).Today, Chris is director of group whisky production for ASX-listed craft beverages accelerator Mighty Craft, a role that gives him oversight of distilleries including Kangaroo Island Spirits, 78 Degrees – formerly known as Adelaide Hills Distillery – and Seven Seasons.Joining that portfolio is Hidden Lake, Chris’s personal project https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/06/23/hidden-lake-whisky-by-chris-malcolm-and-mighty-craft/ (launched in partnership with Mighty Craft).And there’s a rather colourful backstory here, as Hidden Lake’s first whiskies were https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/09/03/hidden-lake-whisky-chris-malcolm-nant-mighty-craft/ (originally distilled) at Tasmania’s controversial Nant Distillery.To recap, Nant collapsed in 2017 in https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-10/nant-whisky-scandal-untold-story-behind-investment-collapse/10784396?nw=0&r=HtmlFragment (a cloud of fraudulent activity) that cost small investors upwards of $20 million.We had Lark’s former managing director Geoff Bainbridge on the podcast to talk about untangling the Lark brand from Nant https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/11/16/lark-distilling-md-geoff-bainbridge-on-shene-deal-more-s11e4/ (in November 2020).Now it’s time for Chris to tell his side of that story. He says it was Lark’s “lowball” offer to investors – those are definitely his words, not mine – that enabled him to get his hands on some of Nant’s best barrels.Some of those have begun hitting the market under the Hidden Lake name. And meanwhile, he’s laying down more whisky, while looking to acquire a distillery that will be the production home of Hidden Lake.That’s just some of what’s coming up in this wide-ranging interview with Chris.
Most of us don’t think twice about going to a brewery to buy a beer, but have you ever thought about buying into the business?This episode, it’s podcast host versus podcast hosts as I chat to Bryce Leske and Alec Renehan from investing podcast Equity Mates about putting your money where your mouth is.https://equitymates.com/show/equity-mates-investing-podcast/ (Equity Mates) has been educating Australians about investing in a jargon-free, informal style since 2017.Five hundred episodes later, they run a network of nine money-related podcasts, and will host https://finfest.cventevents.com/event/59fa4479-e6f5-433a-ad3c-1e22811630b9/summary (FinFest), Australia’s biggest investing festival, in Sydney this October.This interview was a chance to get Bryce and Alec’s insights on some of the recent developments at ASX-listed companies like Treasury Wine Estates, Lark Distilling, Top Shelf International, Good Drinks and Mighty Craft, all of whom have previously featured on Drinks Adventures in one way or another.It’s not all about the share market, though. Bryce and Alec had a lot of say about the psychology behind investing, and whether equity crowdfunding is good for drinks companies (or your bank balance).Australian producers are increasingly turning to equity crowdfunding to raise capital. Just in the last couple of months, there’s been successful campaigns from Bridge Road Brewers, Akasha Brewing, Bakery Hill Distillery and Republic of Fremantle Distilling.There’s more opportunities than ever before for drinks enthusiasts like you and I to get some skin in the game.So, if you’ve ever wanted to learn the difference between an IPO and an IPA, here’s your chance.
2022 is certainly turning out to be a landmark year for Australian distilling, in many respects.In June, Starward Whisky was named the Most Awarded Distillery of the Year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the first time an Australian distiller has taken out this title.Then came the news that the news that https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/07/01/iwsc-international-gin-producer-of-the-year-2022-finalists/ (three out of four nominees) for the International Wine & Spirit Competition - IWSC International Gin Producer of the Year are Australian: Kalkimoon and Granddad Jack’s, from Queensland, and from Victoria, Naught Gin.And you heard just recently on the podcast https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/07/01/distillery-botanica-founder-philip-moore-podcast/ (from Philip Moore), the first Australian inducted into the Gin Magazine Hall Of Fame.It all coincides with the https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/05/30/lark-distillery-celebrates-30th-anniversary-at-pontville-gala-event/ (30th anniversary of Lark Distillery), the whisky company founded by Bill Lark in 1992, which effectively started the modern era of Australian distilling.I sat down with Bill Lark for a chat reflecting on the milestone in this special episode of Drinks Adventures, produced in partnership with Lark.I learned how John Grant, fifth generation owner of Scotland’s famous Glenfarclas distillery, helped Bill set up his distillery in the very early days.And I asked Bill his thoughts on Lark as it is today, a very different enterprise to what he had originally envisioned.First up though, I’m excited to share some highlights from Lark Distillery’s 30th anniversary gala event held on May 26, 2022 at Lark’s new site in Pontville, Tasmania.It was MCed by Bill’s son Jack and attended by 200 guests from across Australia.The celebrations started by honouring the Mumurimina (Mu mee ree mee nah) Country that the Pontville site resides on, with a Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony.You can get your hands on a variety of Lark’s exciting limited release whiskies now at larkdistillery.com.Whiskies like Lark Origins Single Malt Whisky, a special release crafted with water from Lake Sorell, where Bill Lark had that fateful discussion with his father-in-law that led to his founding Lark Distillery.This special release celebrating 30 years of Tasmanian whisky is available now at https://larkdistillery.com/ (larkdistillery.com).
A podcast for lovers of wine, beer, liquor (incl. whisky, whiskey, bourbon, vodka tequila etc) and cocktails, Drinks Adventures hosts wine makers, brewing and distilling experts, sommeliers, bartenders & more. Brown-Forman is an American distilling company, best known as owner of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and bourbon brands Old Forester and Woodford Reserve. But in 2016, it got into Scotch whisky in a big way, buying The BenRiach Distillery Company, which included three distilleries: Benriach in Speyside; the famous Highlands distillery Glendronach; and also in the Highlands, but somewhat lesser known, Glenglassaugh. In this special episode – produced in partnership with Brown Forman – you’ll get an introduction to these unique Scotch whisky distilleries from global brand ambassador Stewart Buchanan. Stewart’s held that role since 2012, prior to which he was Benriach’s production manager, so he has tremendous insight into these distilleries and the Scotch whisky industry generally. He was in Australia for the launch of Glendronach 50 Year Old, the oldest expression it’s ever released. We’ll cover that and much more in this interview with Stewart. And you can find the https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/11/04/benriach-distillery-speyside-single-malt-scotch-whisky/ (new Benriach core range) in both Dan Murphy’s and First Choice Liquor stores nationally. Dan Murphy’s will also be carrying the new 21, 25 and 30 year old Benriach expressions, as well as the new Glendronach Peated and Portwood that I discussed with Stewart in this episode. More must-listen episodes: https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/20/two-paddocks-pinot-noir-sam-neill-on-his-wine-obsession-s6e6/ (Two Paddocks wine with Sam Neill, pinot noir obsessive: S6E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2019/12/09/jancis-robinson-on-the-changing-world-of-wine-s4e4/ (Wine critic Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine: S4E4) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/12/02/tara-nurin-historian-on-women-in-beer-sensory-expert-briony-liebich-s11e6/ (Brewing historian Tara Nurin, and beer sensory expert Briony Liebich: S11E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/02/26/mr-black-spirits-founder-tom-baker-podcast/ (Cocktails meet coffee with Mr Black Spirits: S8E5) Tags: gin, distilling, distillery, distiller, liquor, craft spirits, cocktail, cocktails, drink, drinks, wine, winemaking, winemaker, viticulture, beer, craft beer, brewing, agave, tequila, mezcal, bartender, bartenders, sommelier, sommeliers, cicerone, whisky, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, vodka, vineyard, mixology
A podcast for lovers of wine, beer, liquor (incl. whisky, whiskey, bourbon, vodka tequila etc) and cocktails, Drinks Adventures hosts wine makers, brewing and distilling experts, sommeliers, bartenders & more. Our guest this episode is Philip Moore, who https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/03/04/philip-moore-distillery-botanica/ (in February 2022) became the first Australian inducted into the Gin Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Now you might well ask, who is Philip Moore? He’s certainly not one of our highest profile gin distillers. But he was actually the first Australian gin distiller to win a gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, and his distilling career stretches back to the very early days of contemporary Australian gin. Prior to that, Philip studied and trained as a horticulturist and medical herbalist. In the mid 1980s he started a specialist culinary herb nursery, Renaissance Herbs, which grew from a single greenhouse into the largest wholesale herb nursery in Australia, cultivating close to a million plants a year. Meanwhile, Philip had developed a passion for wine and subsequently, distilled spirits including gin. He exited the herbs business in 2005 and purchased a nursery site on the NSW Central Coast, where he subsequently founded Distillery Botanica and the Moore’s Dry Gin brand. And together with Tom Baker, he co-founded the hugely successful Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, which we explored with Tom https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/02/26/mr-black-spirits-founder-tom-baker-podcast/ (back in Season 8). This is a wide-ranging interview with Philip about his career and the evolution of Australian gin. He certainly doesn’t hold back with his opinions on the use of Australian natives by distillers. He shares some tips on how to taste spirits more effectively, and you’ll also hear about Philip’s new venture, Terrigal Rum Company. That’s all coming up in this interview with Distillery Botanica founder Philip Moore. More must-listen episodes: https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/20/two-paddocks-pinot-noir-sam-neill-on-his-wine-obsession-s6e6/ (Two Paddocks wine with Sam Neill, pinot noir obsessive: S6E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2019/12/09/jancis-robinson-on-the-changing-world-of-wine-s4e4/ (Wine critic Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine: S4E4) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/12/02/tara-nurin-historian-on-women-in-beer-sensory-expert-briony-liebich-s11e6/ (Brewing historian Tara Nurin, and beer sensory expert Briony Liebich: S11E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/02/26/mr-black-spirits-founder-tom-baker-podcast/ (Cocktails meet coffee with Mr Black Spirits: S8E5) Tags: gin, distilling, distillery, distiller, liquor, craft spirits, distilled spirits, cocktail, cocktails, drink, drinks, wine, winemaking, winemaker, viticulture, beer, craft beer, brewing, agave, tequila, mezcal, bartender, bartenders, sommelier, sommeliers, cicerone, whisky, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, vodka, vineyard, mixology, bars, pubs, restaurants, hospitality
A podcast for lovers of wine, beer, liquor (incl. whisky, whiskey, bourbon, vodka tequila etc) and cocktails, Drinks Adventures hosts wine makers, brewing and distilling experts, sommeliers, bartenders & more.https://silkwormbooks.com/products/heritage-drinks-of-myanmar (Heritage Drinks of Myanmar) is a beautiful new coffee table book by Australian brewer, academic and writer Luke Corbin, who lived in Myanmar from 2016 to 2021.It takes the reader on an anthropological journey showcasing 14 different alcoholic drinks unique to Myanmar, comprising beers, wines and spirits that are integral parts of village economies.You may also like:https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/07/22/baxter-holmes-espn-nba-wine/ (The NBA’s wine obsession, with Baxter Holmes of ESPN: S10E1) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2022/02/03/jukes-cordialities-by-matthew-jukes-now-in-australia/ (UK wine writer Matthew Jukes on non-alc wine & more: S12E1) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/11/02/chuck-hahn-50-year-global-brewing-odyssey-s11e2/ (Brewing legend Chuck Hahn's 50-year global brewing odyssey: S11E2) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2019/12/16/tommys-margarita-cocktail-creator-julio-bermejo-s4e8/ (Iconic cocktails: Julio Bermejo, creator Tommy’s Margarita cocktail: S4E8) While working on this book, Luke was employed as a brewer at Burbrit Brewery in the capital, Yangon.Luke talked extensively about that experience on the Radio Brews News podcast in 2019, which you can listen to https://www.brewsnews.com.au/2019/10/15/beer-is-a-conversation-luke-corbin/ (here).Drinks Adventures picks up the story in 2020, as Luke shares some of the setbacks he faced while trying to complete his book, as Myanmar grappled with COVID-19 and then in February 2021, a military coup.He joins us from Chang Mai in Thailand, where he’s now based.More must-listen episodes:https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/20/two-paddocks-pinot-noir-sam-neill-on-his-wine-obsession-s6e6/ (Two Paddocks wine with Sam Neill, pinot noir obsessive: S6E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2019/12/09/jancis-robinson-on-the-changing-world-of-wine-s4e4/ (Wine critic Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine: S4E4) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/12/02/tara-nurin-historian-on-women-in-beer-sensory-expert-briony-liebich-s11e6/ (Brewing historian Tara Nurin, and beer sensory expert Briony Liebich: S11E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/02/26/mr-black-spirits-founder-tom-baker-podcast/ (Cocktails meet coffee with Mr Black Spirits: S8E5) Tags: gin, distilling, distillery, distiller, liquor, craft spirits, cocktail, cocktails, drink, drinks, wine, winemaking, winemaker, viticulture, beer, craft beer, brewing, agave, tequila, mezcal, bartender, bartenders, sommelier, sommeliers, cicerone, whisky, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, vodka, vineyard, mixology
A podcast for lovers of wine, beer, liquor (incl. whisky, whiskey, bourbon, vodka tequila etc) and cocktails, Drinks Adventures hosts wine makers, brewing and distilling experts, sommeliers, bartenders & more.World Martini Day is celebrated every year on the third Saturday in June. That’s today, Saturday June 18, if you’re listening to this episode in real time.And with us to talk martinis is Archie Rose master distiller Dave Withers, who you previously met https://drinksadventures.com.au/2019/09/20/australian-whisky-innovation-with-archie-rose-distilling-cos-dave-withers-season-three-episode-seven/ (in season 3) of Drinks Adventures.This particular episode was produced with the support of Archie Rose, or more specifically Archie Rose Bone Dry Gin.Bone Dry was the first gin produced by Archie Rose using the copper vacuum stills at its https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/11/19/archie-rose-botany-to-be-the-worlds-most-innovative-distillery/ (new Banksmeadow production site), opened in 2021.Coming up today, Dave will explain why it’s the perfect gin for a martini, which he says is an important cocktail for the team at Archie Rose.You can buy Bone Dry Gin direct from the company at archierose.com.au, and retailers like Dan Murphy’s, First Choice and good independent bottleshops, too.More must-listen episodes:https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/20/two-paddocks-pinot-noir-sam-neill-on-his-wine-obsession-s6e6/ (Two Paddocks wine with Sam Neill, pinot noir obsessive: S6E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2019/12/09/jancis-robinson-on-the-changing-world-of-wine-s4e4/ (Wine critic Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine: S4E4) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/12/02/tara-nurin-historian-on-women-in-beer-sensory-expert-briony-liebich-s11e6/ (Brewing historian Tara Nurin, and beer sensory expert Briony Liebich: S11E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/02/26/mr-black-spirits-founder-tom-baker-podcast/ (Cocktails meet coffee with Mr Black Spirits: S8E5) Tags: gin, distilling, distillery, distiller, liquor, craft spirits, cocktail, cocktails, drink, drinks, wine, winemaking, winemaker, viticulture, beer, craft beer, brewing, agave, tequila, mezcal, bartender, bartenders, sommelier, sommeliers, cicerone, whisky, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, vodka, vineyard, mixology
A podcast for lovers of wine, beer, liquor (incl. whisky, whiskey, bourbon, vodka tequila etc) and cocktails, Drinks Adventures hosts wine makers, brewing and distilling experts, sommeliers, bartenders & more.Wynns Coonawarra Estate has featured fairly prominently on this podcast.We’ve met chief winemaker Sue Hodder, as well as viticulturist Allen Jenkins, who’s since departed the business.You’ve also heard about Wynns from Andrew Caillard MW, back in season 7, and Matthew Jukes in his masterclass on cabernet shiraz blends.This time though, we’re not talking about Wynns Cabernet. At least, not as you know it.Wynns senior winemaker Sarah Pidgeon is with us this episode to talk about Wynns Reframed, a completely new range of wines that are picked earlier, with little or no oak influence to maintain freshness and aromatics.There’s a Cabernet Rose, and a white blend of three Italian varieties.The reds meanwhile include a shiraz Riesling blend, which might sound weird, but there’s a story behind it, and a cabernet franc cab sav blend.It seems like a major departure from Wynns’ core business. So in this special podcast episode – produced with Wynns’ support – I started by asking Sarah about the origins of the Wynns Reframed concept.Wynns Reframed wines are now available nationally from select fine wine retailers (RRP $26).More must-listen episodes:https://drinksadventures.com.au/2020/08/20/two-paddocks-pinot-noir-sam-neill-on-his-wine-obsession-s6e6/ (Two Paddocks wine with Sam Neill, pinot noir obsessive: S6E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2019/12/09/jancis-robinson-on-the-changing-world-of-wine-s4e4/ (Wine critic Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine: S4E4) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/12/02/tara-nurin-historian-on-women-in-beer-sensory-expert-briony-liebich-s11e6/ (Brewing historian Tara Nurin, and beer sensory expert Briony Liebich: S11E6) https://drinksadventures.com.au/2021/02/26/mr-black-spirits-founder-tom-baker-podcast/ (Cocktails meet coffee with Mr Black Spirits: S8E5) Tags: gin, distilling, distillery, distiller, liquor, craft spirits, cocktail, cocktails, drink, drinks, wine, winemaking, winemaker, viticulture, beer, craft beer, brewing, agave, tequila, mezcal, bartender, bartenders, sommelier, sommeliers, cicerone, whisky, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, vodka, vineyard, mixology
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