About the Drinks Adventures Podcast

Founded in 2018, Drinks Adventures is a unique podcast covering the world of alcoholic beverages with a sense of adventure and discovery.

Featuring tightly-edited interviews, informed analysis and documentary-style content, the show’s exemplary production and content curation set a new benchmark for drinks podcasts globally.

These qualities were recognised in 2020 at the prestigious and fiercely contested Australian Podcast Awards.

Expert judges nominated Drinks Adventures as a finalist for the Bullseye Award, honouring shows that offer “exceptional listening experiences for niche audiences”.

Drinks Adventures to date has played host to some of the world’s biggest names in wine, beer, whisky, gin, sake, cider and more.

Memorable guests include actor and winemaker Sam Neill; musician and winemaker Maynard James Keenan; and techno artist and sake aficionado Richie Hawtin.

James Atkinson of Drinks Adventures at The Great Australian Red Masterclass
James Atkinson at The Great Australian Red Masterclass

We’ve been joined by wine critics Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes; cricketers turned winemakers Sir Ian Botham and Ricky Ponting and sake expert John Gauntner.

From the spirits world, we’ve interviewed whisky expert Dave Broom; cocktail historian Jared Brown; legendary mixologist Julio Bermejo, as well as the first female bourbon master distiller since Prohibition, Marianne Eaves.

But most importantly, the podcast provides a platform for many small, artisan producers to tell their brand’s story to our highly engaged audience of predominately Australian listeners.

James Atkinson of Drinks Adventures at Suntory’s Hakushu Distillery in Japan

Drinks Adventures is produced and hosted by renowned drinks journalist James Atkinson, a Certified Cicerone® and winner of Best Media at the Australian International Beer Awards 2017.

A lover of all fine drinks, James currently contributes to publications including Good Food, Selector, Gourmet Traveller Wine and Halliday. He is former editor of TheShout and Brews News.

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You can get in touch with James Atkinson here.