Wine and Food Guide

Enjoy the fruits of your labours

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As this long hot summer rolls on, so too does the amazing fruit on offer. Roadside stalls groan with ripe peaches, apricots and nectarines.

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.

Summer's salad days

Summer's salad days

Here in sunny North Otago, summer is definitely upon us if the browning of the hills are anything to go by.

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.

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.

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).

Candied beetroot, onion and goat's cheese tart

Candied beetroot, onion and goat's cheese tart

This may sound complicated but it can be done in stages and the tart case is an easy and fantastic way to turn any vegetable into a delicious meal.

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.

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