David Allen MW

David Allen MW

Date an MW: 2010
Based in: New Zealand
Profession: Off-Trade Sales & Marketing

Member profile

  • Website www.wine-searcher.com
  • Quotation

    Studying for the MW was an enormous privilege. It was a long and thrilling journey, taking me round the world several times. I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from so many of the industry's most gifted and passionate personalities, who so generously shared their time, enthusiasm and brilliance. It was a truly humbling experience and I am indebted to everyone who gave me so much assistance throughout my journey.

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  • Current employer

    Wine Searcher

  • Work Country

    New Zealand

  • Work Telephone

    +64 9 825 0102

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Summer work in a wine shop before University lead me to work for Oddbins where my love of wines was kindled. After graduating I spent 10 years working for Oddbins in branches in London during a period when the company pioneered the sale of Australian, Chilean and Greek wines in Britain. As a branch manager I was heavily involved in staff training and development. In 2000 I joined Oddbins' marketing department writing principally for their website. I was then part of a project to gain bonded status for their warehouse. In 2004 I joined Uvine as Logistics Manager, dealing with world-wide shipping. From 2006-2008 I was Private Clients Manager for Top Selection, selling from a superb portfolio of small producers. Subsequently I juggled a role at the 2009 International Wine Challenge with work for the WSET, freelance writing and the role of "stay-at-home dad". I returned to a full-time role in the wine trade in 2010 as Coe Vintners' Fine Wine Manager. In 2016 I emigrated to New Zealand becoming Wine Director for Wine-Searcher.com.