Wine and Food Guide

Enjoy the fruits of your labours

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As this long hot summer rolls on, so too does the amazing fruit on offer. Roadside stalls groan with ripe peaches, apricots and nectarines.

WINE REVIEWS: Rosé

WINE REVIEWS: Rosé

Rosés used to be pink, sweetish and fruity but some are becoming more interesting, especially when matured on lees or fermented in old oak. The variety makes a difference too, with merlot and the cabernets usually giving more structure than pinot noir.

Getting back to the roots of the process

Getting back to the roots of the process

The 11th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration late last month was its usual mix of good wine, good food, good company and thoughtful presentations. More than 200 delegates, replete with fine food and wine are wending their way home to the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and of course elsewhere in New Zealand. Charmian Smith reports on the maturing of the region.

Ask a chef: Nichol's satay chicken salad

Ask a chef: Nichol's satay chicken salad

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

Raspberry sponge

Raspberry sponge

Raspberries are sun-sweet and juicy and they seem to float in this light and airy sponge cake.

Flavours of summer in a bowl

Flavours of summer in a bowl

This soup has South American flavours and influences, brought together with our local seasonal delights.

WINE REVIEWS: Villa Maria

WINE REVIEWS: Villa Maria

Villa Maria's Marlborough winemaker Helen Morrison sent a selection of her sauvignon blancs to highlight the characteristics of individual vineyards and subregions.

The world lines up for a taste of Hawkes Bay

The world lines up for a taste of Hawkes Bay

The story of Hawkes Bay's wines is as rich as its flavours, writes Charmian Smith.

Ask a chef: Taste Nature's spinach, onion and kalamata olive gluten-free muffins

Ask a chef: Taste Nature's spinach, onion and kalamata olive gluten-free muffins

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

Jamie Oliver to open restaurant in capital

Jamie Oliver to open restaurant in capital

Superstar chef Jamie Oliver is coming to New Zealand -- and he's chosen Wellington as the site of his new Italian restaurant.

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