Australian wine – book reviews

Alternative Reality by Max Allen cover

Three essential additions to the literature on Australian wine. (Also see How to Drink Australian, reviewed in September).

Alternative Reality
How Australian wine changed course

Max Allen
Published by Melbourne University Press
ISBN 9781922779069
£29.25, AU$49.50

A whole book about an obscure wine competition in the middle of nowhere, judging only Australian wines, made from grapes that make up less than 3% of the country’s vineyards? No thank you. Sounds parochial to say the least. Why on earth would Max Allen – our Melbourne-based Australia correspondent and wine columnist for the Australian Financial Review – of all people dive...