Comedy, farce and fun are what Christmas shows are about, and among this year's offerings are the 1960s farce Boeing Boeing at the Fortune, and Crossroads, two comic operettas staged by Opera Otago. Charmian Smith reports.
Instead of her annual big tome, Annabel Langbein's cookbook this year, a free range life, is in a summery magazine format full of tips, suggestions and recipes with variations, alternatives and so on.
This batch of Central Otago rieslings showed just how well the variety can do here, some of the different styles, and what good value it can be.
Many of us know what we should be eating and why, but not how to put it into practice, according to Nadia Lim.
Music is in the blood of Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti. Charmian Smith talks to the man in charge of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for its ''Fireworks and Fantasy'' tour.
The Alexandra basin winemakers held their new-release tasting at Labour Day weekend.
With summer on its way, rosé comes into its own for accompanying long lunches and lazy outdoor dinners. Rosés are for enjoying rather than analysing and are best fresh and lightly chilled.
Samuel Holloway hopes his music has the power to suggest other kinds of possibilities, things people may not have thought about. Charmian Smith talks to the 2013 Mozart Fellow.
Many people think sauvignon blanc has to be drunk young, but these, all from this year's vintage, were better the day after opening, indicating that several months, or even a year or so of bottle age will see them develop their potential.
Some delicious products for review have turned up in the features office recently.
Liqueur distributor Hancocks was in town recently offering selected tastings from its vast range of brands to members of the trade for the Christmas market. The wines on offer were all sparkling: after all, it's that time of year.
If you have a good cook in your family you are lucky, according to Julie Biuso.
More exciting than pyrotechnics or performance is the quietness of making or reading poetry, according to David Howard. Charmian Smith talks to the University of Otago 2013 Burns Fellow.
When I visited some vineyards in Central Otago last month, most of the vines were neatly pruned and the fat buds ready to burst.
Newly released pinot noirs at this time of year, tend to be tight and restrained, but swirl themin the glass and allow them a few minutes to open into more generous, integrated wines - orcellar them for several months or even a year or two.
The City Choir Dunedin is celebrating its 150th anniversary this weekend, but it's been a history of ups and downs, Dr Jenny Burchell tells Charmian Smith.
These 2013 sauvignon blancs have recently been bottled and are so young and fresh they develop charm and weight with 20 minutes or so in the glass. They will reward cellaring for six months to a year or more.
Wellington food blogger Lara Vincent, of hungryandfrozen.com, has moved into print with her first book, Hungry & Frozen (Penguin).
A remarkable collaboration between artists Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere produced some striking works of art. Charmian Smith talks to Culbert about an exhibition of their work at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Flavours of home is a series of recipes from around the world cooked by people at home in Otago. This week, Courtney Campbell, from Mexico, shows us how to make Chilaquiles rojas de pollo.