Levi Dalton interviews Brash on “I’ll Drink to That!” Ep. 335

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I’ll Drink to That”

Episode 335 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently. It features Brad Hickey, who is the winemaker of the Brash Higgins winery in the McLaren Vale of Australia. >Full interview here
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Some words on the interview by Alder Yarrow: “This is an interview in two parts, really. In the first half of the program gentle giant Brad arrives in the bustling metropolis looking for restaurant work, but is unsure at times how to open a bottle of Champagne. As he proceeds, after a few embarrassments but several encouragements, he steadies his confidence as well as his skills and takes up a Big Ticket Wine Buyer Job at a Prestigious Manhattan Restaurant Institution. And all is well, he has succeeded. Reached his goals. And there is a sort of pride and perhaps a dose of glee mixed in there as Brad recounts some of grander moments of the American Fin de Siécle. But after awhile he starts to feel that something is missing. The longing desire to simply spread out his arms into the air without hitting someone else in the head in the process gets Brad to thinking that maybe he has had his fill of Manhattan. And so he drops out. Cuts ties. Perhaps a bit lost, and wandering, he moves to Australia to help with the pruning. And so begins Act 2 of this interview, the second half, wherein Brad goes once again from hopeless newbie – crashing the rental car along the wine route a few times, and by so doing earning a nickname that rhymes with Crash – to becoming a vanguard vintner leading the new wave of Australian wine from his role as a winery owner in the McLaren Vale. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming, either. But there it is, a rather amazing story of someone who has reinvented himself more than once. And thankfully, Brad is clearly a sensitive person who has thought often and long about his own decision-making, and who is comfortable sharing those thoughts. Really it is a kind of extraordinary tale. This interview is a reminder that in wine business, it isn’t only the wine that transforms after some maturing.” Feb.2, 2016