Wine and Food Guide

Winegrowers optimistic after tough season

Central Otago Winegrowers president James Dicey is confident this season’s harvest will be a good one. Photo: Lynda van Kempen

Central Otago viticulturalists had to ‘‘sweat blood'' to get the quality and yields from their vineyards this season, Rebecca Fox learns.

Video: How to make carbonade flamande

Video: How to make carbonade flamande

Lysiane Dufour, from Belgium, shows how to make carbonade Flamande (beer beef stew) with stoemp (leek and potato mash).

A baker's Christmas dozen

A baker's Christmas dozen

Christmas cakes seem as traditional a food as you can get, but not so, according to Prof Helen Leach, one of the authors of The Twelve Cakes of Christmas. Charmian Smith learns about the evolution of this rich fruitcake that, these days, is essential to Christmas.

BEER REVIEW: Hotels froth as beer trade dwindles

BEER REVIEW: Hotels froth as beer trade dwindles

Supermarket and grocery stores' share of total beer sales has climbed to 38% since 1999 when they were first allowed to sell beer.

In Season: Red onion tarte tatin

In Season: Red onion tarte tatin

This is a fantastic tart; the contrast between the sweet red onions caramelised with the balsamic vinegar and finished with flaky puff pastry is a wonderful example of perfect partnerships in food.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon blancs

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon blancs

This batch included three low-alcohol sauvignon blancs, about 8% or 10% instead of 13% or 14%, designed for lunch-time drinking by the glass.

WINE REVIEWS: A taste of sunny Central

The Alexandra Basin Winegrowers turned on a sunny Central Otago day for their third annual new release tasting on the lawn of Olivers in Clyde on Labour Weekend Sunday.

Accent on fresh, or not so fresh

Accent on fresh, or not so fresh

Annabel Langbein follows last year's bestselling The Free Range Cook with a new book, Free Range in the City.

Savouring Nelson, the land of milk and honey

Savouring Nelson, the land of milk and honey

Charmian Smith finds out what's cooking in Nelson.

Radish tzatziki

Radish tzatziki

I love these hot little balls of pink with their snowy white flesh.

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