New releases show promise

New releases show promise

Central Otago winemakers held a pre-release pinot noir tasting for media last week.

WINE REVIEW: Pinot gris - 2009 and 2010

WINE REVIEW: Pinot gris - 2009 and 2010

The popularity and sweet, rich fruitiness, of pinot gris has put some wine lovers off the style. However, more stylish, textural, versions are appearing that are well worth considering.

WINE REVIEW: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEW: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh, new season Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc often reminds me of hot, sun-baked river stones splashed with drops of water, and sometimes of the pungent aroma of wild flowering currant bushes (in flower now) as you brush past them.

How to... marinate meat

How to... marinate meat

Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your cooking easier.

In this series, Chef Pfyl shows us how to make marinades and barbecue meat and fish.

NZ breakfast tea blend to be released

NZ breakfast tea blend to be released

After a nationwide competition looking for a blend of tea that would suggest New Zealand, Twinings released a New Zealand breakfast blend this week.

In season: Potato and fennel bake

In season: Potato and fennel bake

The crunchy, aniseed-flavoured fennel bulb could be used in a different dish every day. The leaves are a delicious accompaniment to a salad, while fennel loves fish and crayfish.

Potato and fennel bake (Enough for six)

Ask a Chef: Relishes' peanut butter and chocolate slice

Ask a Chef: Relishes' peanut butter and chocolate slice Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.

WINE REVIEW: Chilean reds

WINE REVIEW: Chilean reds

Some very drinkable, affordable reds from Chile turned up for this tasting of merlot, cabernet and other blends from New Zealand and Australia.

Mixing and matching

Mixing and matching

A food processor, a blender or small mixer - what do you really need in your kitchen? Charmian Smith takes a look at the huge variety of mixers, processors and blenders on the market.

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