Charmian Smith

Making connections, passing on the love

Making connections, passing on the love

A love of music has driven Martin Riseley since his childhood, the Wellington violinist tells Charmian Smith.

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

The new 2014 sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling with a lively fresh finish. Let's hope it's indicative of the vintage in general.

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

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.

Aftermath of jukebox killing explored

Aftermath of jukebox killing explored

1950s New Zealand was in a moral ferment over the behaviour of teenagers. A new play about the intergenerational effects of that time has its world premiere at Arts Festival Dunedin next month, Charmian Smith reports.

Baby or no baby?

Baby or no baby?

When faced with a difficult choice, people react in different ways. Charmian Smith talks to Helen Fearnley about The Choice, which opens at the Globe Theatre next week.

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

Southern Wines, owned by the Moffit family, is based in Alexandra and produces some excellent value pinot noir under several different labels - Pick & Shovel, Rock n Pillar and Dry Gully.

Missionary is fertile territory for opera

Missionary is fertile territory for opera

Tension, drama, jealousy, romance, war, spirituality and kings and chiefs make for a great story. Anthony Ritchie and Michelanne Forster's new opera This Other Eden, about events 200 years ago, has its world premiere in Arts Festival Dunedin next month. Charmian Smith reports.

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Big buttery chardonnays are becoming rarer as many winemakers are choosing lighter styles, sometimes with a little nuttiness and texture.

Bringing order to Creation

Bringing order to Creation

Haydn wanted to write a work that would give him permanent fame so he created The Creation. Charmian Smith talks to conductor Nicholas McGegan about the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's concert of this oratorio featuring former Dunedin soloist Jonathan Lemalu and City Choir Dunedin.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

A perfectly roasted chicken is a satisfying centrepiece to a meal, but usually there's more meat left over for other dishes, and a carcass for stock.