Sauvignon blanc can bring a fresh breath of summer into the
dark and cold of winter, but the richer, oaked versions,
sometimes called fumé (smoky) blanc, have more complexity and
interest and can be worth lingering over.
"King Oberon and Queen Titania are having a right royal
bust-up and everything's out of balance.'' That is how
director Dale Neill sees his production of Shakespeare's A
Midsummer Night's Dream which opens at the Globe Theatre
next Thursday .
Dunedin's Fortune Theatre is celebrating its 40th birthday
this weekend. It has weathered ups and downs over the years,
but is one of the few community theatres established in the
1970s that is still going strong. Charmian Smith takes a trip
back through time.
2013 was a good vintage in Hawkes Bay. Craggy Range winemaker
Matt Stafford describes it as the ''vintage of a
generation''. A tasting of his whites a few weeks ago
revealed elegant wines already harmonious, with charming but
restrained fruit and nicely balanced acidity, that will no
doubt be long-lived.
Writing springs out of being fascinated by things and
wanting to share that fascination with other people, Melinda
Szymanik, this year's University of Otago College of
Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence
tells Charmian Smith.
Food can be more than just sustenance; it can be art, a
storytelling medium, part of our personal identity and part
of our culture. Charmian Smith reports from the International
Food Design Conference at Otago Polytechnic last week.