Food & Wine News and Features

Summer's salad days

Seared tuna with chickpeas, iceberg lettuce, hummus and harissa.

Here in sunny North Otago, summer is definitely upon us if the browning of the hills are anything to go by.

Vertical tastings show the worth of cellaring good wine

Vertical tastings show the worth of cellaring good wine

Many small to medium-sized family-owned vineyards make fine wine and two I visited recently - Rippon in Central Otago and Dog Point in Marlborough - were celebrating milestones.

A wine like Alex

A wine like Alex

Every Labour weekend for the past six years the Alexandra basin winegrowers have held a new-release tasting in Clyde.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

A gorgeously illustrated coffee-table book, Movida Solera (Penguin) explores the food of Andalusia.

On the menu: Uncle Joe's

Cold pressed nut and seed oils from Uncle Joe's in Marlborough can add a different flavour to summer salads and other dishes.

Cookbooks: Keep it Vegan

Cookbooks: Keep it Vegan

There's a definite move towards more plant-based eating these days as we become more aware of health and environmental issues, as well as ethical considerations of farming animals.

No 1 pinot noir ranking wait over

No 1 pinot noir ranking wait over

Rockburn Wines winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis has had his fingers crossed for a ''No 1'' ranking for the past eight years, since being named ''No 2'' in Cuisine magazine's annual New Zealand pinot noir tastings in 2006.

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.

More than a simple snag

On Friday, 20 butchers, chefs and food writers spent a day tasting sausages in Christchurch at the first South Island heat of the annual Devro New Zealand sausage competition. The winners from this and the North Island heat will go into the final in Auckland on October 14.

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