Wine and Food Guide

Taking the plunge

Ask Mario Fernandez Alduenda what makes a good coffee and you'll get a fascinatingly informative reply that is perhaps not what you were expecting. Charmian Smith talks to the Mexican coffee expert who's living in Dunedin.

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Brewery launches 99-pack of beer

Beer packaging has just gotten a lot bigger in Texas, where a small brewery is launching a 99-pack of its "Peacemaker" ale.

Wine and food event

Wine and food event

Many enthusiasts will be heading to Auckland for a food and wine celebration on September 14 and 15, with further classes and workshops on September 16 and 22.

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.

Emerson's wins national awards

Emerson's wins national awards

Southern breweries are fizzing after again gaining several awards in the 2014 Brewers' Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards.

Pumpkin, chickpea and potato soup

Pumpkin, chickpea and potato soup

This thick, hearty soup combines so many flavours and textures I love. It could be served as a vegetarian stew.

Ask a chef: The Food Department's herb, spinach and cheese muffins

Ask a chef: The Food Department's herb, spinach and cheese muffins

Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

If you thought chips, aka frites or French fries, were simply deep-fried chopped potatoes, Anne de la Forest's Frites (Jacqui Small) will introduce you to the intricacies of this old favourite.

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

Black Ridge near Alexandra, is undergoing a renaissance with new owners Joss Purbrick and Belinda Green. One of the oldest vineyards in Central, it is known for its old-vine riesling and gewurztraminer as well as its pinot noir. Watch out for a new look and new developments as future vintages of wine come on stream.

On the menu

On the menu

Anathoth has a couple of new products out, a hot chilli relish and a tropical jam, which is a blend of mango, pineapple, guava and passionfruit.

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