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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.

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

Coffee time: every method has its flavour

There are many ways to make coffee. Espresso is the most popular these days, but there are other methods that coffee aficionados love to explore.

In food heaven in Vietnam

In food heaven in Vietnam

Sometimes you just need to make things happen. Earlier in the year, Monique and I found ourselves on the couch watching Luke Nguyen travel around Vietnam, his country of birth.

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

Central Otago growers produce fine wines despite weather

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.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

Rumours that French cuisine is hidebound by tradition and resting on its 3-star laurels are quashed in Katrina Meynink's Bistronomy: French Food Unbound (Murdoch Books).

Striking a balance

Striking a balance

Chef Michael van de Elzen, of The Food Truck fame, has changed tack in his latest cookbook, Fast: Good home cooking, he tells Charmian Smith.

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