Charmian Smith

Artist searching for saints

Artist searching for saints

St Kilda, the romantic, now uninhabited Scottish island, has several namesakes, including in Dunedin. Charmian Smith talks to Deirdre Nelson, who is working on a project connecting them.

Irish couple here to cook

Irish couple here to cook

An Irish couple who love food have bought and renovated the old villa at 95 Filleul St, home to numerous restaurants over the past 30-odd years.

WINE REVIEWS: Red wines

WINE REVIEWS: Red wines

Some Hawkes Bay reds, variations on traditional Bordeaux blends such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and sometimes cabernet franc and malbec, can be superb, and good Hawkes Baysyrah has a wonderful purity of fruit along with a pepperiness and silkiness. But sometimes Australians can be better value.

Poignant images their own memorial

Poignant images their own memorial

Laurence Aberhart photographs things that other people don't usually bother noticing. His exhibition of World War 1 soldier memorials, ''ANZAC'', opens at Dunedin Public Art Gallery this Saturday.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Sometimes cheaper pinot noir can be a tad acidic for pleasant drinking but serving it at about 18degC or eating something savoury with it can ameliorate the sharp, sometimes lean or unripe edge.

Plenty to discover about iron absorption

Plenty to discover about iron absorption

This week is the inaugural Iron Awareness Week. Charmian Smith investigates.

Every night different for conductor

Every night different for conductor

Curiosity and openness to new ideas are what NZSO conductor Pietari Inkinen thrives on, he tells Charmian Smith.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Stemming from our British heritage, New Zealand has a proud baking tradition that is newly popular again as people return to home cooking.

On the menu

It annoys me when a winemaker's website wants to know my date of birth before it will let me in.

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Gris

Fruity, sweet and hot is a common description of pinot gris, but sometimes you come acrossone that pushes the boundaries like Main Divide, or restrained and delicate likeRockburn or nutty with some lees contact or barrel fermentation like Odyssey.