A love of music has driven Martin Riseley since his childhood, the Wellington violinist tells Charmian Smith.
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.
The new 2014 sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling with a lively fresh finish. Let's hope it's indicative of the vintage in general.
When faced with a difficult choice, people react in different ways. Charmian Smith talks to Helen Fearnley about The Choice, which opens at the Globe Theatre next week.
Southern Wines, owned by the Moffit family, is based in Alexandra and produces some excellent value pinot noir under several different labels - Pick & Shovel, Rock n Pillar and Dry Gully.
Big buttery chardonnays are becoming rarer as many winemakers are choosing lighter styles, sometimes with a little nuttiness and texture.
There are more brands of pinot noir than any other variety, and each offers something different, in style, in reputation and prestige, in availability, and most importantly, in flavour and value.
Haydn wanted to write a work that would give him permanent fame so he created The Creation. Charmian Smith talks to conductor Nicholas McGegan about the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's concert of this oratorio featuring former Dunedin soloist Jonathan Lemalu and City Choir Dunedin.
A perfectly roasted chicken is a satisfying centrepiece to a meal, but usually there's more meat left over for other dishes, and a carcass for stock.
Lungs is a little play with big ideas, director Stephanie McKellar-Smith tells Charmian Smith.
Black Ridge near Alexandra, is undergoing a renaissance with new owners Joss Purbrick and Belinda Green. One of the oldest vineyards in Central, it is known for its old-vine riesling and gewurztraminer as well as its pinot noir. Watch out for a new look and new developments as future vintages of wine come on stream.
If you thought chips, aka frites or French fries, were simply deep-fried chopped potatoes, Anne de la Forest's Frites (Jacqui Small) will introduce you to the intricacies of this old favourite.
Inspired by the night sky, by Bauhaus concepts, by deep space and many other things, Dunedin-based choreographer Daniel Belton has created Satellites for the Royal New Zealand Ballet's season of ''Allegro''. Charmian Smith reports.
Anathoth has a couple of new products out, a hot chilli relish and a tropical jam, which is a blend of mango, pineapple, guava and passionfruit.
Smoking food is an ancient form of preservation, and until recently was looked on as the exclusive domain of hunters and fishers or butchers.
Simon and Alison Holst's latest little Everyday Easy book is Slow Food Fast (Hyndman Publishing).
To get the best out of pinot noir, especially high-acid ones, serve them at room temperature. Coax the aromas out by warming the glass in your hands and they can turn from lean and edgy to spicy and lively.
Dean Brettschneider, who styles himself the Global Baker, has yet another book out, this time simply called Bread (Penguin).
Holly Mathieson is back in her home town to conduct the Southern Sinfonia's upcoming concerts. Charmian Smith catches up with what she has been doing since she left Dunedin four years ago.
Some white wines are described as aromatic varieties which usually refers to gewurztraminer, pinot gris and riesling. These are fragrant when you swirl and sniff them and are usually made simply in stainless steel tanks, although some gain texture by being left on lees in old barrels.