Wine and Food Guide

Vegan fare for tasty Christmas

It might be a bit daunting to have to come up with interesting vegan Christmas fare but with several vegans in my own extended family, I've had plenty of years to practise.

Minister rejects Jamie Oliver's approach to healthy eating

Minister rejects Jamie Oliver's approach to healthy eating

Britain's new health minister has rejected celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's approach to improving school food and tackling childhood obesity.

Harry Potter's butterbeer recipe

Harry Potter's butterbeer recipe

No need to travel to Hogsmeade (or to Universal Orlando) to get a taste of Harry Potter's butterbeer.

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Noir

The pinot noir glut, due to oversupply, high prices and the recession, may be difficult for producers, but it means consumers can sometimes find good, drinkable pinot at affordable prices, like the Mt Hector in this tasting.

Video: How to make ervilhas com ovos escalfados (green peas with poached eggs)

Video: How to make ervilhas com ovos escalfados (green peas with poached eggs)

Flavours of home is a series of recipes from around the world cooked by people at home in Otago. This week Célia Mendes from Portugal shows us how to make ervilhas com ovos escalfados (green peas with poached eggs).

Mince gets a modern makeover

Mince gets a modern makeover

Looking for simple, flavoursome, affordable - and even stylish - everyday dishes? Charmian Smith reports on humble old mince's makeover.

Four Otago restaurants named as finalists

Four Otago restaurants have been named finalists in the sixth Cuisine Restaurant of the Year competition.

Satisfying the thirst of pinotphiles

Satisfying the thirst of pinotphiles

Once you are hooked on the charms of pinot noir you will probably want to explore its many intricacies, especially the way good winemakers allow the effect of different vineyards and soils to contribute to different flavours and textures in the wine.

BEER REVIEW: Plug pulled on NZ Lager

Devotees of Monteith's New Zealand Lager had better stock up, because the last of this brew is on retail shelves: DB Breweries has just stopped making this lager just two years after launching it.

Gravitas Wines in receivership

Gravitas Wines, a winery set up in 1993 by ex-merchant banker Martyn Nicholls in the upper Wairau Valley in Marlborough, is in receivership.

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