Huon is a Legend
The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) have confirmed something that many of us knew already by making Huon Hooke NSW’s 2018 Legend of the Vine in recognition of his service to the wine industry as “one of Australia’s longest established and most respected wine writers and critics.”
“The name Huon Hooke is synonymous with wine knowledge and his words of wine wisdom are respected globally. His outstanding contribution to the national and international wine world has made him a highly respected figure amongst both his professional peers and the wine public,” said WCA National Chair Angus Barnes.
“His list of achievements and accolades, including 2008 Wine Communicator of the Year, is an indication of his status within the industry and why he is recognised as NSW’s 2018 Legend of the Vine.”
Huon is the fifth person to be awarded Legend of the Vine status in NSW and joins a prestigious list that includes Clive Hartley, Iain Riggs, David Lowe and Rob Hirst.
If you are not familiar with Huon’s impressive qualifications, achievements and tasting philosophy, click here. He is an obvious candidate for the significant honour conferred on him by his peers.
Huon has tertiary qualifications as both a winemaker and a journalist. That’s rare in the world of wine critics.
I think it was Lord Rutherford who said that if a scientist can’t explain his science to a layman then he probably doesn’t understand it himself. Huon does understand the science of wine and can explain it in terms that everyone can understand.
Perhaps the quality that I most admire in Huon is his strong sense of integrity. He would never compromise his status as a truly independent and impartial wine critic.
Huon’s encyclopaedic knowledge of wine in general and Australian wine, in particular, has earned him the respect of the wine community in Australasia and internationally.
Congratulations Huon on a well-deserved tribute. You are a legend.