Huon Hooke

Huon Hooke

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Times are changing in Spain's Rioja wine region

Winemakers in Spain's Rioja aim to change the region's reputation as the home of cheap wine.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 02 00:15:00 EST 2016

Best Australian wines of 2015

Which Aussie wines stood out this year?

Births, deaths, openings and closings, the Good Food wine writers reflect on the year and share their top wines of 2015.

Drink | Jeni Port, Ralph Kyte-Powell, Huon Hooke, Cathy Gowdie | Tue Dec 15 00:30:00 EST 2015

Huon Hooke: wine guide

Warm seasons have produced some rich and satisfying wines.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Dec 08 11:09:07 EST 2015

Matching wines to food on Christmas Day

Festive flair: The right wine lifts the meal.

No one follows traditional rules of wine matching these days, but there are a few tricks to picking a top tipple for the Christmas table.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Dec 08 09:00:00 EST 2015

Nick O'Leary wins NSW Wine of the Year for the second time

 Back-to-back wins came as a "huge surprise" to the boutique winemaker.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 17 00:00:00 EST 2015

NSW's Orange wine-making region is on the rise

On high: The Cumulus Wines estate is noted for its chardonnays.

 It's all about altitude for this NSW wine-making region on the rise.

Good Food | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

Wine Guide

Under $20

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Oct 13 00:00:00 EST 2015

Swan Valley's hidden surprise: fine dry whites among the heavy reds


Good Food | Huon Hooke | Tue Oct 13 00:00:00 EST 2015

What we're drinking: Alcohol trends of 2015

Trendy tanks: Winemaker Scott Ireland ferments wine in egg-shaped concrete tanks.

Gin's stocks are rising, beer is waning and shiraz and sauvignon blanc are stronger than ever. Huon Hooke casts an eye over the year's drink trends.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Sep 08 00:00:00 EST 2015

Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2014

A tight palate and aromas of grapefruit help this good-value chardonnay deliver.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:06 EST 2015

Tscharke Matching Socks Marananga Touriga 2014

Primal aromas make this deep, dark red the perfect pair for a grilled steak.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:08 EST 2015

Trumer Pils

This light-coloured pilsener, from Salzburg, is very quaffable with a more-ish finish.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:20 EST 2015

Three Dark Horses Grenache 2013

A sweet and spicy red with notes of chocolate that's already very enjoyable.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:10 EST 2015

Chateau de Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone red 2012

A sweet and ripe blend of five grape varieties which is appealing for its balance.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:12 EST 2015

Weingut Stadt Krems Schieferterrassen Reserve Riesling 2013

A complex and fruity white with a rich palate and aromas of mango and pawpaw.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:14 EST 2015

Reynella Basket Pressed Shiraz 2013

Though young, this shiraz is concentrated, powerful and persistent: perfect for the cellar.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:17 EST 2015

Rosily Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

An appealing lightness and a straw-like bouquet make this white a great pair for a laksa.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:19 EST 2015

St Agnes luxury brandy has golden touch

Lavish use of gold: St Agnes' XO.

The 40-year-old Grand Reserve St Agnes brandy bottle has a gold-plated neck, base and stopper. And what’s inside is golden too.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Thu Aug 06 12:52:03 EST 2015

Maxwell Little Demon Shiraz Grenache 2014

Powerful, ripe flavours give this floral-scented red blend amazing value.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:50 EST 2015

D'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2012

Don't be fooled by the paltry price: this red has density and flavour way above its station.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:34 EST 2015