Wine and Food Guide

Cool coffee

Arjun Haszard at work in his kitchen in Glasgow St, Dunedin.

Liqueurs, cocktails, cold brews; there are many unusual ways of drinking coffee. Charmian Smith talks to a Dunedin entrepreneur who is exploring interesting ways of using coffee.

Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

Spiced chickpea and spring leaf soup

This soup evokes memories of travels combined with offerings from the garden. I love soups like this as they are not only healthy but they seem to lift your spirits.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is better than it used to be, thank goodness. In the past year or so I've noticed many have interesting textures and are better balanced than they once were.

Christmas canapes to delight

Christmas canapes to delight

Mushroom and goat's cheese tartlet

It's that wonderful time of year again, when you start to think about Christmas functions and long summer evenings entertaining friends.

Vertical tastings show the worth of cellaring good wine

Vertical tastings show the worth of cellaring good wine

Many small to medium-sized family-owned vineyards make fine wine and two I visited recently - Rippon in Central Otago and Dog Point in Marlborough - were celebrating milestones.

A salad as fresh as spring

A salad as fresh as spring

Salads like this are an assortment of spring. I have combined some of my favourite ingredients to create this crunchy spring salad. Feel free to add your own twist and to use what is available to you.

Ask a chef: Ombrello's almond and raspberry tart

Ask a chef: Ombrello's almond and raspberry tart

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

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Pinot noir usually needs a year or two to show its best, so it's no wonder many of the 2013s in this tasting tasted better a day or two after they were opened when they'd mellowed and integrated a little.

An insight into India

An insight into India

Two of New Zealand's leading food writers, Peta Mathias and Julie Le Clerc, have collaborated on a book, Hot Pink Spice Saga: An Indian culinary travelogue with recipes (Random House).

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

Most of the better 2014 sauvignon blancs will benefit from another few months or a year's bottle age, but some deliciously potent ones turned up in this group.

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