Wine and Food Guide

A taste of things to come

Sticky venison ribs with plum sauce.

For those who have been hanging out for our long-awaited third cookbook, I can tell you the wait is almost over.

WINE REVIEW: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEW: Chardonnay

Some very stylish, complex chardonnay is made in New Zealand, often with indigenous yeast and barrel fermentation. These are wines to savour and linger over.

The Bay Cafe's vegetarian tart

The Bay Cafe's vegetarian tart

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

Green beans with vinaigrette

Green beans with vinaigrette

Some things in life need not change and this classic combination is one of them, pure and simple!

WINE REVIEW: Red wines

WINE REVIEW: Red wines

When a wine has a lot of acidity or grippy tannins, food is called for to mitigate the often harsh or rough finish, but when the wine is in balance, which sometimes comes with maturity, they can be delicious. The best, of course, are harmonious even when young and therefore very drinkable.

Delicious baked tomatoes and potatoes

Delicious baked tomatoes and potatoes

This dish fits nicely into the season, as main crop potatoes have arrived and home-grown tomatoes are good for cooking.

Otago coffee drinkers selective - survey

A typical Otago coffee drinker is desperate for their morning fix, is dedicated to getting the best cup possible and worries about how much caffeine they drink.

Ask a Chef: Blueskin Nurseries Cafe's chocolate, caramel and hazelnut slice

Ask a Chef: Blueskin Nurseries Cafe's chocolate, caramel and hazelnut slice

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

Quirky, collisions of flavour

Quirky, collisions of flavour

Bleberries and corn salsa? Blueberry pizza with honeyed goat cheese and prosciutto? These odd pairings may seem out of the ordinary, but are sure to leave your tastebuds tingling with their quirky, but delicious, flavour collisions.

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris often has lush fruit and a little sweetness which makes it good with some chicken dishes and Asian cuisines, or just to enjoy by itself. They are, however, high in alcohol, and not lunchtime wines unless you plan a nap afterwards.

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