M. Carrie Allan Experience M. Carrie Allan began writing about cocktails and spirits for The Washington Post in 2013. In addition to winning awards for her essays and column in The Washington Post, she was a finalist for the IACP award for her article “Dangerous Drinks and How to Spot Them” for Imbibe Magazine in 2018. Allan’s work has appeared in local, national, and international media outlets such as SFGate, Boston.com, MSN, National Post, Australian Financial Review, Vancouver Sun, and PUNCH. When she is not freelance writing about cocktails and spirits, Allan works her long-time “day job” at The Humane Society of the United States. She has been the Senior Vice President of Communications and Brand since 2020. Education Allan attended Hollins University and studied English and modern history at the University of Oxford. She graduated from Hollins University with a bachelor of arts in English, history, and film, as well as a master of arts in English and writing. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.