Charmian Smith

Wine reviews: Pinot noir

Wine reviews: Pinot noir

Some of the 2012 pinot noirs are being released now but to get best value, especially from the more expensive, age-worthy ones, it's worth cellaring them for another year or so to allow them to mellow and integrate to develop their potential.

Easier now at Mt Difficulty

Easier now at Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty is one of the best known wine producers in Central Otago, attracting many visitors to its superbly sited tasting room and cafe in Bannockburn.

Video: Catch of the day

Video: Catch of the day

Tim Lynch grew up and trained as a chef in Dunedin. After working overseas for several years, he moved back to Dunedin because it is an easy place to live and good for bringing up a family.

Art of the book, in every sense, examined in symposium

Is it against the odds that books will survive the 21st century? This is one of the topics of ''Art and the Book Against the Odds: the art, history and production of books'', which opens tonight as part of Arts Festival Dunedin. Charmian Smith reports.

Russian quartet steeped in history

Russian quartet steeped in history

One of the world's longest-lasting and most revered string quartets, the Borodin Quartet from Russia, performs in Dunedin this Saturday as part of Arts Festival Dunedin 2014. Charmian Smith talks to viola player Igor Naidin.

Wine reviews: Rosé

Wine reviews: Rosé

With warmer weather and longer evenings rosé comes into its own. It's lovely with light fresh food and the drier ones can be surprisingly versatile.

A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side

When Tony Smith was growing up in Alexandra he grew to love rivers.

Atamira: dancing with mana

Atamira: dancing with mana

Dancing with mana is Maori contemporary dance company Atamira's core vision. Charmian Smith talks to artistic director Moss Patterson about Kaha, which they are touring to Dunedin as part of Arts Festival Dunedin.

Veges front and centre

Veges front and centre

A vegetable renaissance is happening. Charmian Smith reports on a trend that's been growing steadily and looks at five new cookbooks that offer enticing plant-based recipes.

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc, assertive and overflowing with vibrant aromas and flavours may be what New Zealand is known for, but toned-down styles with texture and complexity are sometimes more interesting and often more food friendly.