Max Allen joins The Australian Financial Review as drinks writer

By Briana Healey in Media News on

The Australian Financial Review has appointed wine and drinks columnist Max Allen as its new drinks writer. Allen will pen a weekly column on drinks for the Life & Leisure section, together with a monthly column for The Australian Financial Review Magazine.

With a brief to cover everything from wine and beer to spirits and other beverages, from both a consumer and business perspective, Allen will also write occasional features across the paper and magazines.

He will also work closely with the newspaper's food writer Jill Dupleix on events including the Financial Review’s Australia's Top Restaurants Awards, to be held this year in June.

 
“The appointment of Max Allen as drinks writer across the masthead highlights our strong commitment to the food and wine sector,” editor-in-chief of The Australian Financial Review, Michael Stutchbury, said.
 
“Our readers are keen to enjoy the best of what life has to offer. We take seriously our job of informing them about new drinks, restaurants and trends, with the mixture of style and substance for which we are renowned.”
 
Allen has been writing about wine and other drinks for 25 years. He is a columnist for Australian Gourmet Traveller and Gourmet Traveller WINE, and is the Australian correspondent for jancisrobinson.com. Until recently he was a columnist for The Australian.

His award-winning books include Red and White: Wine Made Simple, The Future Makers; Australian Wines for the 21st Century, The History of Australian Wine 1900-2000, and Wine Know How.

 
Allen is currently working on a cultural history of drink and drinking in Australia, to be published by Melbourne University Press in 2018.
 
“Max has always been ahead of his time as a drinks communicator. He has a fresh and fearless take on the scene that I think our readers will love,” said Katrina Strickland, editor of The Australian Financial Review Magazine.
 

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