Wine and Food Guide

Pear flan with hazelnuts and dates

Photo by Simon Lambert.

This dessert is certainly worth becoming familiar with as it never disappoints and with the winter combination of juicy pears, crunchy hazelnuts and sweet dates it ticks all the boxes for a winning dessert!

Spanish immigrant seems to be making itself at home

Albariño may be a Spanish grape but judging by some of the wines made from it in New Zealand it is quite at home here.

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

2013 was a good vintage in Hawkes Bay. Craggy Range winemaker Matt Stafford describes it as the ''vintage of a generation''. A tasting of his whites a few weeks ago revealed elegant wines already harmonious, with charming but restrained fruit and nicely balanced acidity, that will no doubt be long-lived.

All the best from Yalumba

All the best from Yalumba

Yalumba brand ambassador Jane Ferrari is unstoppable when she is talking about wine, the winery, people, restaurants, food, almost anything in fact.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Rosie Belton's Wild Blackberries: recipes & memories from a New Zealand table (Allen & Unwin) is easy to read as you are not distracted by the lush food-porn photos that adorn many such books.

Seasonal sides for almost any occasion

Seasonal sides for almost any occasion

Three simple, seasonal and economical sides that will go with most winter dinners.

Apple cake

Apple cake

I like this cake as the layers of sweet, moist apples adds a wonderful fresh texture.

Ask a chef: The Woolstore Cafe's caramel oaty slice

Ask a chef: The Woolstore Cafe's caramel oaty slice

Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Simple young pinot noir can be fresh, lively and charming, but most benefit from time in bottle for the components to integrate and develop complexity.

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