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Max Crus has been writing about wine for 25 years and drinking it for longer than he cares to remember. His weekly wine reviews are juxtaposed with what’s got on his goat that week but somehow he manages to tie it all together in entertaining, thought-provoking fashion.

Politics, religion, annoying habits, social media, world peace, unruly pets or family members — nothing is off limits if you can wash it down with a nice red or white as far as Max is concerned.

Max’s column has been published uninterrupted since 1996 in a range of titles across Australia and South East Asia, making it one of Australia’s longest running and most widely published wine columns.

Max’s light-hearted, chatty and irreverent observations and reviews now appear in approximately 15 News Corp titles along the east coast of Australia from Coffs Harbour, NSW, to Mackay Queensland (formerly the APN News Media Group) and in the Border Mail, Albury/Wodonga, and is now also available on (FREE!) subscription through this website
Please enjoy a few of Max’s favourite recent columns on this site and for wineries, winemakers and wine marketers if you’d like Max to road test any of your wines (or spirits or beers, bit of cheese and some nibbles too perhaps?) or if you have some interesting industry information that you’d like to get out there, please feel free to get in touch.

(Max Crus is the nom de plume of wine-lover and commercial photographer Simon Hughes, who, unsurprisingly, specialises in images for the wine industry).


Do you have a question or do you want to share a story yourself? Please feel free to get in touch.

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Simon Hughes aka Max Crus