Wine and Food Guide

Taking the plunge

Ask Mario Fernandez Alduenda what makes a good coffee and you'll get a fascinatingly informative reply that is perhaps not what you were expecting. Charmian Smith talks to the Mexican coffee expert who's living in Dunedin.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Simple young pinot noir can be fresh, lively and charming, but most benefit from time in bottle for the components to integrate and develop complexity.

Wild pairings in challenge

Now in its 17th year, the Monteith's Wild Food Challenge brings wild dishes to the tables of restaurants and bars around the country during July. Chefs create dishes using local wild ingredients and pair them with a Monteith's beer or cider.

Ask a Chef: Croque-o-Dile's pear and ginger muffins

Ask a Chef: Croque-o-Dile's pear and ginger muffins

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

Recipe: Leek, potato and cannelini bean soup

Recipe: Leek, potato and cannelini bean soup

This soup has a slight twist on the classic leek and potato. Adding the beans gives it another dimension and a lovely creaminess.

Wine review: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine review: Sauvignon Blanc

I enjoy sauvignon blanc at this time of year, just before the new vintage is released. A year's bottle age softens and integrates the flavours so they are less assertive, although still fresh and crisp as sauvignon should be.

Blend Espresso's salmon roulade

Blend Espresso's salmon roulade

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

Carrot, almond and curd cheesecake

Carrot, almond and curd cheesecake

To some, this may seem odd, but this combination of sweet juicy carrots and creamy curds makes for a refreshing creamy cheesecake.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Pinot noir often needs some bottle age to mellow and harmonise; no more than two to three years for some, while the best will continue to develop interest and complexity for five to 10 years or even longer.

Video: How to make Pâté au saumon (salmon pie)

Video: How to make Pâté au saumon (salmon pie)

Stephanie Desjardins, from Canada, shows how to make pâté au saumon, or salmon pie.

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