Wine and Food Guide

Food for thought

Fresh spring rolls with seared tuna.
They say in the ancient seaside town of Hoi Ann, that once you have visited, you always return. At the time we smiled at the thought.

Recent arrival means brewer can hop to it

Staff at Christchurch brewer Harrington's recently celebrated the arrival of a container of American hops: it was their first supply in nine months, and their Yankdak beer, with American Amarillo and Centennial hops in it, was running out thanks to a long-running waterfront dispute over there.

Keeping it in the family

Keeping it in the family

Late last year I joined friends for a week in France's southern Rhone. Visiting wineries there, a recurring theme was succession; of passing the baton to the next generation.

Flavours of Morocco make divine difference

Flavours of Morocco make divine difference

Light, luscious and fragrant, this is a sophisticated and exotic variation of the more familiar carrot cake.

Roast tomato sauce

Roast tomato sauce

It's time to top up the bottling as tomatoes are in their prime for making sauces and relishes. This dependable sauce pulls me through any day of the week!

Ask a chef: Vogel St Kitchen's raw cranberry slice

Ask a chef: Vogel St Kitchen's raw cranberry slice

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

Looks good,tastes better

Looks good,tastes better

If you've never tried quinoa before, this is a great way to start. It's important to thoroughly rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve otherwise it can taste soapy. This recipe can be adapted to use whatever vegetables are in season and is a variation on one from the Seasons' Eatings calendar and recipe booklet (see www.nibl.co.nz for more information).

Central Otago pinots get own Riedel glass

Central Otago pinots get own Riedel glass

A newly shaped wineglass designed by a 300-year-old Austrian glass company especially to elevate the experience and enjoyment of Central Otago pinot noir has been released.

Roasted pumpkin with miso, rosemary and butter

Roasted pumpkin with miso, rosemary and butter

At the moment sweet orange bushfire pumpkins are available, one's that I love as you can eat the skin. However, any pumpkin or creamy squash will be delicious in this.

Wine reviews: Aromatic wines

Wine reviews: Aromatic wines

These aromatic wines ooze generous fruit, but some have such high alcohol they leave you with a burn in the mouth. However, the best, as always, are well balanced.

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