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.
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.
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.