Wine and Food Guide

Vegan fare for tasty Christmas

It might be a bit daunting to have to come up with interesting vegan Christmas fare but with several vegans in my own extended family, I've had plenty of years to practise.

No 1 pinot noir ranking wait over

No 1 pinot noir ranking wait over

Rockburn Wines winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis has had his fingers crossed for a ''No 1'' ranking for the past eight years, since being named ''No 2'' in Cuisine magazine's annual New Zealand pinot noir tastings in 2006.

Recipe: Roast asparagus

Recipe: Roast asparagus

Roasting asparagus adds a wonderful nutty flavour.

Video: Catch of the day

Video: Catch of the day

Tim Lynch grew up and trained as a chef in Dunedin. After working overseas for several years, he moved back to Dunedin because it is an easy place to live and good for bringing up a family.

Easier now at Mt Difficulty

Easier now at Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty is one of the best known wine producers in Central Otago, attracting many visitors to its superbly sited tasting room and cafe in Bannockburn.

Ask a chef: No 7 Balmac's hummus

Ask a chef: No 7 Balmac's hummus

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

Some of the 2012 pinot noirs are being released now but to get best value, especially from the more expensive, age-worthy ones, it's worth cellaring them for another year or so to allow them to mellow and integrate to develop their potential.

A toast to bruschetta

A toast to bruschetta

The possibilities are endless when you put it on toast.

Pan-seared Southland hare (served rare)

Pan-seared Southland hare (served rare)

This is a simple dish with complex flavours, and a variety of textures, worth the time to make, writes Jason Moss, of Waitiri Creek Wines. If you are not interested in hare, replace it with another meat such as venison, beef or lamb.

NZ apples slammed as flavourless

NZ apples slammed as flavourless

Kiwi apples have been slated by an acclaimed British-based chef as flavourless and full of sugar.

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