I have written over a dozen books: New World of Wine (co-author, 1997); Red and White: Wine Made Simple (with photographer Adrian Lander, 1997); The Food Lover’s Guide to the Great Ocean Road (1999, updated 2005); Crush: The New Australian Wine Book (with photographer Adrian Lander, 2000); Quaff: Best Wines Under $15 (with Peter Forrestal, 2001-2005); Sniff, Swirl & Slurp (with photographer Adrian Lander, 2002); The Really Useful Pocket Wine Book (2004); The Future Makers: Australian Wines for the 21st Century (2010); The History of Australian Wine (2012); and Max Allen’s Wine Know How (2013). You can check out Adrian Lander’s work here.


Red And white

Winner of the André Simon Memorial Prize. James Halliday, in his foreword for the book wrote: ‘Red and White is by far the most enjoyable basic introduction to wine I have ever read or am ever likely to read. Indeed, it is one of the best books on wine of any description I have seen.’


the future makers

This groundbreaking work about the people putting the heart and soul back into Australian wine, was named Best International Wine Book at the Louis Roederer Wine Writers Awards in London.


the history of Australian wine

A unique inside account of the development of the Australian wine industry throughout the 20th century, woven together from oral history interviews with winemakers, cellarhands, business leaders and grape growers.