Laurence Aberhart photographs things that other people don't usually bother noticing. His exhibition of World War 1 soldier memorials, ''ANZAC'', opens at Dunedin Public Art Gallery this Saturday.
Sometimes cheaper pinot noir can be a tad acidic for pleasant drinking but serving it at about 18degC or eating something savoury with it can ameliorate the sharp, sometimes lean or unripe edge.
Curiosity and openness to new ideas are what NZSO conductor Pietari Inkinen thrives on, he tells Charmian Smith.
Stemming from our British heritage, New Zealand has a proud baking tradition that is newly popular again as people return to home cooking.
It annoys me when a winemaker's website wants to know my date of birth before it will let me in.
Fruity, sweet and hot is a common description of pinot gris, but sometimes you come acrossone that pushes the boundaries like Main Divide, or restrained and delicate likeRockburn or nutty with some lees contact or barrel fermentation like Odyssey.
The Southern Sinfonia's 2014 subscription season opens on Saturday with ''We will remember them'', a concert commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. Charmian Smith talks to conductor Jessica Cottis.
Riesling is often good value, perhaps because it's a niche rather than a populist wine. Good riesling is balanced with either fruit weight or some sweetness to counteracting the steely shaft of acidity. Bottle age also makes a difference.
A nostalgic visit to 1960s rural New Zealand and the undercurrents that run beneath the surface are brought to life in the Fortune Theatre's new production of Peninsula. Charmian Smith talks to director Patrick Davies.
Fumé blanc is derived from a French synonym for sauvignon blanc and was introduced by Californian winemaker Robert Mondavi in the 1970s.
Two Dunedin performers ask 'wherefore art thou Juliet', writes Charmian Smith.
From today the city will be humming with new, experimental, alternative and exciting arts events and exhibitions as the Dunedin Fringe raises its curtain. Charmian Smith and Shane Gilchrist talk to the people behind two productions.
Fruit weight, concentration but not over-ripeness, persistence and balance are some of the keys to superb pinot noir, whether they ooze dark, textural power, sheath their steely strength in silky fruit, are lush with dark spicy fruits or lively with schisty red fruits. This tasting from two producers showed the variety of terroir from Otago vineyards.
A charming Irish dandy, poet and musician who infiltrated London high society to subversively promote Irish separatism is the focus of Richard Hanna's Melody Moore. Charmian Smith talks to the former Dunedin actor who is bringing his one-man show from Canada to the Fringe Festival.
Chardonnay tends to undergo various wine-making processes, such as lees ageing, leaving the wine on spent yeast, which develops a hint of nuttiness, or malolactic fermentation, which converts sharp malic acid to buttery, sometimes even cheesy lactic acid.
Naked food is not hidden, covered or compromised by additives or preservatives.
Lois Johnston loves telling a story through song.
The inaugural New Zealand International Early Music Festival begins on Saturday with colourful concert The Tudors: Piety and Pleasure, followed by eight other concerts of baroque, renaissance or medieval music, and closing with a picnic. A concurrent exhibition, ''Plainsong to Pergolesi: A Timeline of Early Music'' is at the Dunedin Public Library until March 10. Charmian Smith talks to harpsichordist Douglas Mews and soprano Lois Johnston about their love of early music.
Not everyone likes the lush fruity intensity and crisp acidity of typical Marlborough sauvignon blancs. There are lighter ones for the faint hearted, and full on pungent ones for the bold. And for connoisseurs who often avoid sauvignon blanc, there are unusual, interesting ones like, in this tasting, the Hawkes Bay Alluviale.
Superfoods Cookbook (Penguin) is the latest from Australian diet and fitness coach Michelle Bridges, but these are not exotic expensive superfoods.