Charmian Smith

Biodynamics bringing 'different energy' to C. Otago vineyard

Biodynamics bringing 'different energy' to C. Otago vineyard

When you see handsome hairy Highland cattle in the corner of a vineyard, they are likely to be part of a biodynamic system, providing manure for the compost, and later, other parts, such as horns, for the various preparations.

Cookbooks

It's not expensive to eat healthy food as the Heart Foundation and Federation of Family Budgeting Services' new 40-page cookbook, Cheap Eats: Easy, tasty and economical family meals, shows.

Wine reviews: Pinot gris

Wine reviews: Pinot gris

When pinot gris has fruit, texture and good balance, it can be delicious, but if it's unbalanced by being overly sweet or high in alcohol, it's not so pleasant.

A potent mix

A potent mix

A comedy of menace presented in a cargo shed full of junk, where you are not quite sure what's happening, is an exciting Fortune Theatre project for Arts Festival Dunedin. Charmian Smith reports.

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

There are many ways to make coffee. Espresso is the most popular these days, but there are other methods that coffee aficionados love to explore.

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Is this the secret source of Central Otago pinot noir?

WINE REVIEW: Merlot

WINE REVIEW: Merlot

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.

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.