Good Food - Huon Hooke

Huon Hooke

Wine writer

Follow Huon Hooke on:

Champagne region facing crisis

The Champagne region is facing a crisis. It must change radically to safeguard its future, according the communications director of the Comite Champagne, Thibaut Le Mailloux.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jul 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

Sun and slate secret to Mosel wine

Mosel

Touring the wine regions of the Mosel and Rhone valleys in Germany, it's hard not to be seduced by the fairytale beauty of the villages, the houses and the castles.

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

Phil Ryan and Saddler's Creek launch wine range

Wine

It was an occasion infused with the themes of birth and rebirth, life and survival and, just in passing, wine.

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

Balmain's Efendy offers Turkish wine tasting

Efendy

As an omnivore, and a woolgrower's son, you might think I'd have tried eating sheep's testicles by now. But it took an unlikely Turkish wine tasting to get me over that hurdle.

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

Riverland winegrowers switch on to montepulciano

Riverland winegrowers Bruce and Val Bassham are going the full monty. Montepulciano, that is. The montepulciano grape, whose home is the Abruzzo region in central eastern Italy, has taken...

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jun 24 03:00:00 EST 2014

Bargain reds for the people

"If you're not over-delivering, you won't be around for long," says John Davey, co-owner and chief winemaker at Shingleback, one of the most successful Australian wineries in recent years.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jun 03 03:00:00 EST 2014

A special barolo vintage

Barolo is one of my favourite wines. At best it combines the subtlety and perfume of great burgundy; the power, backbone, and ability to age and build complexity of great bordeaux.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 27 03:00:00 EST 2014

Best for BYO: Huon Hooke's top picks

Lamb at Bistrode.

Diners love BYO restaurants. Some friends of mine think it's rude to bring your own wine to a restaurant that has a wine list. Well no: some wine lists are pathetic.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 20 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mornington Peninsula goes minimalist

Mike Aylward

"Effortless" is a word I find myself using more and more when describing beautiful wines. On the contrary, I find myself using its opposite "a try-hard wine" less often, which is a good thing.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 13 03:00:00 EST 2014

South Australian Riverland is big, bold and mind-boggling

We drove around the Berri Estates winery in a bus, not just because it was raining, but because it's so big.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 06 03:00:00 EST 2014

Australia's top 10 most expensive wines

Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny 170th Anniversary Release.

Grange is only one of Australia's prestige wines. Huon Hooke shines a spotlight on 10 other top-price drops.

Top 10 Drink | Huon Hooke | Thu May 01 09:18:20 EST 2014

Cape Mentelle backs off over Wallcliffe name

What's in a name? A lot of angst. Cape Mentelle has backed down in a debate over the use of the name Wallcliffe. The row almost split the Margaret River wine community.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Apr 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

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

WIne

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