Fresh spring greens, with their peppery, crisp taste, go so
well with creamy white beans and a pinch of chilli. This is
great served simply as an appetiser or alongside a grilled
pork chop or juicy fillet of fish.
Merlot and blends from Hawkes Bay can be raw and assertive
when young. They need time to mellow and integrate in the
bottle but if you are impatient, glugging them from the
bottle into a jug and back again will help aerate and soften
them a bit.
Central Otago winegrowers held their new release pinot noir
tasting recently with six wine writers gathering in Cromwell
to taste more than 80 pinot noirs that have just been, or
will soon be, released.