Food & Wine News and Features

Keeping it fresh

The Dunedin Farmers Market has become a food hub.

A lot has changed in food and wine in 25 years. As she prepares to retire from the Otago Daily Times, Charmian Smith takes a nostalgic look back over a career writing about two of her favourite subjects.

Chard Farm celebrates 25 years of fine wines

Chard Farm celebrates 25 years of fine wines

In 1986 Rob Hay was the first trained winemaker to come to Central Otago, and for several years made wine for the region's tiny fledgling vineyards.

Otago-crafted whisky a 'superstar'

Otago-crafted whisky a 'superstar'

An Otago whisky has been described as ''one of the most delicate and sophisticated and complex 25-year-olds imaginable'' by 2015 Whisky Bible author Jim Murray.

Getting back to the roots of the process

Getting back to the roots of the process

The 11th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration late last month was its usual mix of good wine, good food, good company and thoughtful presentations. More than 200 delegates, replete with fine food and wine are wending their way home to the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and of course elsewhere in New Zealand. Charmian Smith reports on the maturing of the region.

The world lines up for a taste of Hawkes Bay

The world lines up for a taste of Hawkes Bay

The story of Hawkes Bay's wines is as rich as its flavours, writes Charmian Smith.

Ken made meat ambassador

Ken made meat ambassador

Dunedin chef Ken O'Connell, owner of Bracken Restaurant in Filleul St, has been named a Beef and Lamb Ambassador for 2015.

Radishes with whipped butter and sea salt

Radishes with whipped butter and sea salt

This is a classic partnership but one many steer clear of. When radishes are fresh, crisp and fiery in flavour, the creamy accompaniment of butter and salt all makes sense.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Jessica Nadel's Greens 24/7: Quick easy and delicious recipes for eating leafy greens at every meal (Murdoch) offers lots of ideas and encouragement to help keep those healthy eating New Year resolutions.

Sparkling wine fitting tribute

Sparkling wine fitting tribute

An auspicious occasion for the pre-release launch of a special new sparkling wine was Dawn Ibbotson's 100th birthday, celebrated in Dunedin on December 12.

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