Jay McInerney Joins Town & Country Magazine as Wine Critic

Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney
Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney. Credit: Katlean De Monchy

Jay McInerney, the Water Mill resident and wine writer, is Town & Country‘s new wine critic, with his first review hitting newsstands May 20.

“I am a longtime fan of Jay’s writing—both his journalism and his fiction—since he first put pen to paper,” Town & Country editor Jay Fielden says. “His wit, his style, his encyclopedic knowledge of wine and his distinctive swagger will transport readers who will take great delight in his many adventures.”

McInerney covered the wine industry at the Wall Street Journal since 2010. He has published several books on the subject, including The Juice (2012), A Hedonist in the Cellar (2007) and Bacchus and Me (2002). In 2006, McInerney won the James Beard MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing for his food and wine work. McInerney’s essays have appeared in such outlets as New York, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. McInerney is the author of several critically acclaimed novels and collections of short stories, which include his debut Bright Lights Big City, as well as Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, How It Ended and The Good Life. McInerney also served as a wine columnist for House & Garden magazine from 1996-2007.

“I’m really looking forward to collaborating with Jay Fielden, with whom I first worked with during his tenure at Men’s Vogue,” McInerney says. “I love the direction in which he’s taken Town&Country and am eager to continue to add my voice to the magazine on a monthly basis.”

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