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Huon Hooke is one of Australia’s most respected wine writers with over twenty years experience. He writes weekly wine columns, has authored or co-authored several books, and is involved in wine writing through a variety of different media, including radio, newspapers, magazines, videos and the internet.
A Roseworthy wine marketing graduate with a first qualification in journalism, Huon Hooke is the multi-award winning wine correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald, where his weekly column has appeared since 1987. It is a wide ranging column, always highly readable, covering all manner of wine related subjects from in-depth regional and varietal reports, multi-million dollar auctions of the world’s rarest wines, to low-priced local quaffers.
A full-time professional wine writer, Huon Hooke travels extensively and judges several competitions each year both within Australia and internationally, watching for emerging directions and trends.
He has been Chairman of Judges for Australian Restaurant Wine List of the Year Awards and is a contributing editor to Australian Gourmet Traveller’s The Wine Magazine and wine writer for many other publications. Huon Hooke's articles feature in several of the world’s most read and respected wine and lifestyle magazines including Decanter (UK) and Slow Food Guide to Wines of the World (Italy).
Huon is co-author of Penguin’s annual Good Australian Wine Guide and author of Words on Wine an anthology of forty stimulating essays on wine. Huon Hooke is also the author of the acclaimed biography of the creator of Penfold’s Grange, Max Schubert, Winemaker.
Huon Hooke’s latest book is "Words On Wine" (SMH Books, 1997). Since 1984 he has won six awards for wine writing.
Huon Hooke is often asked to speak on wine at seminars, conferences and other education events. Happily, the life of a wine writer involves a lot of food, travel and wine, which happen to be his three main loves.