Charmian Smith

Shakespeare through music

Shakespeare through music

Celebrating William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is playing a concert of music inspired by the playwright, conductor Alexander Shelley tells Charmian Smith.

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

Even in good vintages like 2013 in Hawkes Bay, most merlots and blends benefit from extra bottle age to allow the sometimes rough edges of youth to mellow. When the premium 2013 reds are released, expect some fine wines.

Roast of the day

Roast of the day

The Sunday roast has been a New Zealand family tradition for generations, although it has fallen from fashion over the past decade or two. However, Selaks roast day is coming up on Sunday, Charmian Smith reports.

Youth contrasts with experience

In Rutter's Mass of the Children, the fresh, youthful voices of children contrast with the adult choir, according to City Choir Dunedin musical director David Burchell. He has asked the Columba Junior Madrigal Choir, directed by Richard Madden, to join the adult choir for its concert on Saturday in Knox Church.

Spanish immigrant seems to be making itself at home

Albariño may be a Spanish grape but judging by some of the wines made from it in New Zealand it is quite at home here.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

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.

Everything here is a little out of balance

Everything here is a little out of balance

"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 .

Theatre of Fortune

Theatre of Fortune

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.

All the best from Yalumba

All the best from Yalumba

Yalumba brand ambassador Jane Ferrari is unstoppable when she is talking about wine, the winery, people, restaurants, food, almost anything in fact.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Rosie Belton's Wild Blackberries: recipes & memories from a New Zealand table (Allen & Unwin) is easy to read as you are not distracted by the lush food-porn photos that adorn many such books.