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Huon Hooke

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Prosecco purists baulk at Paris

Heart-quake: Paris Hilton poses with a can of prosecco.

Whether you agree with the Italians in their campaign to stop the world from appropriating the name prosecco, you would have to agree they have balls and sympathise with them after Paris Hilton was...

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Apr 22 03:00:00 EST 2014

Malbec grape has magical allure

Young vines grow in the Uco Valley in Argentina.  There are 87 owners of plots that range from 3 to 18 acres.

When fully ripe, malbec can be utterly delicious: dark-coloured, full-bodied, well-structured and powerful.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Braida winery synonymous with barbera grape

Barbera grapes at Piedmontese winery Giacomo Bologna 'Braida'. For Huon Hooke story for Good Living

Norbert Reinisch used to be a doctor but he ''changed from the curative side of medicine to the preventive'' when he joined the wine business.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Apr 08 03:00:00 EST 2014

Four ways to classify muscat

Glasses on barrel

Rutherglen's winemakers have a unique system of classifying muscat and topaque (muscadelle).

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Apr 01 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cloudburst wine $270 a bottle but costs not covered

Will Berliner?

The rumours are true - Cloudburst really does exist, the wines are exceptional, and rare, and very expensive.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Mar 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Special Bins top even Grange

Penfolds Grange

Penfolds is still the megastar of Australian wine, but Grange is no longer its greatest wine.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Mar 18 03:00:00 EST 2014

Special Bins top even Grange

Penfolds is still the megastar of Australian wine, but Grange is no longer its greatest wine.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Mar 18 03:00:00 EST 2014

Vineyards with altitude

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Southern Highlands wineries featured prominently at the recent 2014 Australian Highlands Wine Show.

Food News | Huon Hooke | Tue Mar 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Green growing methods on trial

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A French winemaker is being prosecuted by the French authorities for not spraying his vineyard with insecticide.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Mar 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Georgia on winemaker's mind

Pheasant's Tears

Blame the traditional winemakers of Georgia, the former USSR state. They're behind the trend towards fermenting white wine on its skins in clay amphorae, concrete eggs and other strange vessels.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Devil's Corner Riesling, Tasmania 2013

Devil's Corner Riesling, Tasmania 2013

This was one of four gold-medal 2013 rieslings in the 2014 Tasmanian Wine Show, and one of the best value-for-money of any type.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30, Rhone Valley 2011

Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30, Rhone Valley 2011

This delicious syrah (shiraz) opens slowly in the glass into an elegant, tightly structured red with quite high, but balanced, acidity.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

Hardy's Eileen Hardy Chardonnay, Tasmania and Yarra Valley 2012

Hardy's Eileen Hardy Chardonnay, Tasmania and Yarra Valley 2012

Full bright-yellow; rich, peachy, open-knit bouquet with smoky and spicy complexing characters, then a powerful, concentrated palate with richness that borders on opulent.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

Deakin Estate Chardonnay, Riverland 2013

This very quaffable everyday chardonnay is excellent value.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

Shingleback Kiss Me Kate Chardonnay, McLaren Vale 2013

Shingleback Kiss Me Kate Chardonnay, McLaren Vale 2013

A new label from Shingleback that's surprising value for money.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

Tail Spin Shiraz, Langhorne Creek 2012

A bright, fruit-driven shiraz with medium-deep red-purple colour and raspberry to red-cherry aromas.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

The best NSW wine to try now

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Walk into any restaurant, sit down and consult a wine list. You will be hard-pressed to spot a wine from NSW.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 18 03:00:00 EST 2014

Pirie sparkling chardonnay, pinot noir, Tasmania, NV

Pirie sparkling chardonnay, pinot noir, Tasmania, NV

With a light-straw colour, this exemplary non-vintage style has a complex cracked-yeast bouquet and is clean and full of character, thanks to some older reserve wine in the blend.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 18 00:00:00 EST 2014

Chapel Hill The Parson's Nose Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, 2012

Chapel Hill The Parson's Nose Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, 2012

Most of Chapel Hill's brands have churchy names, and its tasting room is in a deconsecrated church on a hill, of course.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 18 00:00:00 EST 2014

Pikes The Merle Riesling, Clare Valley, 2013

Pikes The Merle Riesling, Clare Valley, 2013

This is a wine of real finesse, and is well worth cellaring, although it is superb now.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 18 00:00:00 EST 2014