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.

A wine like Alex

A wine like Alex

Every Labour weekend for the past six years the Alexandra basin winegrowers have held a new-release tasting in Clyde.

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.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

A gorgeously illustrated coffee-table book, Movida Solera (Penguin) explores the food of Andalusia.

Festive morsels with wow factor

Festive morsels with wow factor

I have found perfecting these tiny Christmas cakes very pleasurable but frustrating too, as I didn't immediately get the result I wanted.

Ask a Chef: Riverstone Kitchen's Moroccan lamb soup with couscous and harissa

Ask a Chef: Riverstone Kitchen's Moroccan lamb soup with couscous and harissa

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

Fast (food) answers: Kiwis quiz McDonald's

Fast (food) answers: Kiwis quiz McDonald's

Rumours about buns not decomposing, the bright yellow hue of cheese and the exact makeup of chicken nuggets are among the most frequently asked questions by customers in the year since McDonald's New Zealand launched its online answer service.

Ask a chef: Starfish Cafe's kumara and bacon cakes

Ask a chef: Starfish Cafe's kumara and bacon cakes

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

Asparagus and new potato on rye

Asparagus and new potato on rye

This combines two of my favourite spring ingredients and is served on rye bread. It is great for a light supper or fresh lunch.

WINE REVIEWS: Syrah/Shiraz

WINE REVIEWS: Syrah/Shiraz

A friend recently told me he was enjoying Hawkes Bay syrah as a change from pinot noir. It can be exciting to explore other varieties. Here are some syrah/shiraz, merlot and cabernet blends.

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