Wine and Food Guide

Glorious textures and taste

Photo by Christine O'Connor.

I cannot call this beautiful deep purple fruit with its taut, smooth, glossy skin an egg plant. To me it will always be an aubergine.

Delicious baked tomatoes and potatoes

Delicious baked tomatoes and potatoes

This dish fits nicely into the season, as main crop potatoes have arrived and home-grown tomatoes are good for cooking.

Quirky, collisions of flavour

Quirky, collisions of flavour

Bleberries and corn salsa? Blueberry pizza with honeyed goat cheese and prosciutto? These odd pairings may seem out of the ordinary, but are sure to leave your tastebuds tingling with their quirky, but delicious, flavour collisions.

Ask a Chef: Blueskin Nurseries Cafe's chocolate, caramel and hazelnut slice

Ask a Chef: Blueskin Nurseries Cafe's chocolate, caramel and hazelnut slice

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

WINE REVIEW: Red wines

WINE REVIEW: Red wines

When a wine has a lot of acidity or grippy tannins, food is called for to mitigate the often harsh or rough finish, but when the wine is in balance, which sometimes comes with maturity, they can be delicious. The best, of course, are harmonious even when young and therefore very drinkable.

Otago coffee drinkers selective - survey

A typical Otago coffee drinker is desperate for their morning fix, is dedicated to getting the best cup possible and worries about how much caffeine they drink.

Chard Farm celebrates 25 years of fine wines

Chard Farm celebrates 25 years of fine wines

In 1986 Rob Hay was the first trained winemaker to come to Central Otago, and for several years made wine for the region's tiny fledgling vineyards.

Otago-crafted whisky a 'superstar'

Otago-crafted whisky a 'superstar'

An Otago whisky has been described as ''one of the most delicate and sophisticated and complex 25-year-olds imaginable'' by 2015 Whisky Bible author Jim Murray.

Grilled salmon with seed and almond salsa

Grilled salmon with seed and almond salsa

This dish can be cooked on the barbecue or grill or in a pan on top of the stove and finished in the oven.

Ask a chef: Ironic's chocolate beetroot salted caramel cake

Ask a chef: Ironic's chocolate beetroot salted caramel cake

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

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