Yalumba brand ambassador Jane Ferrari is unstoppable when she is talking about wine, the winery, people, restaurants, food, almost anything in fact.
Writing springs out of being fascinated by things and wanting to share that fascination with other people, Melinda Szymanik, this year's University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence tells Charmian Smith.
Simple young pinot noir can be fresh, lively and charming, but most benefit from time in bottle for the components to integrate and develop complexity.
The story of the brave Te Aokapurangi, who single-handedly saved her Te Arawa people from being massacred by Nga Puhi, is the inspiration for Okareka Dance Company's Mana Wahine: A journey of strength that plays at the Regent Theatre on Friday and Saturday.
Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, one of the most famous guitar concertos, will be performed this weekend by Karin Schaupp with the Southern Sinfonia. Charmian Smith talks to the Australian guitarist.
I enjoy sauvignon blanc at this time of year, just before the new vintage is released. A year's bottle age softens and integrates the flavours so they are less assertive, although still fresh and crisp as sauvignon should be.
Few of us end up as we thought we might when we were young, something the Fortune Theatre's upcoming production of Jumpy explores with great humour. Charmian Smith reports.
Pinot noir often needs some bottle age to mellow and harmonise; no more than two to three years for some, while the best will continue to develop interest and complexity for five to 10 years or even longer.
Many people are familiar with the All Blacks' haka, but there are other types of haka for all occasions, for women as well as men, Louise Potiki Bryant, 2014 Caroline Plummer Fellow at the University of Otago, tells Charmian Smith.
Your mother may have told you not to play with your food, but these days playing with food and telling stories with it is a culinary trend.
Sometimes modern versions of traditional European wines like Spanish tempranillo-based red from the Rioja region can be good value despite coming halfway around the world. They offer a different flavour and structure from the New Zealand and Australian wines we are used to.
Many of us fear dementia, for either ourselves or our family members, but few of us know much about it. However, a new verbatim play, The Keys are in the Margarine, exploring the stories of Dunedin people and their families living with dementia, aims to give some insight. Charmian Smith reports.
Pinot gris is diversifying from the sweet, fruity high alcohol wines of recent years. Now more savoury, textural versions are appearing as winemakers age the wine on lees or even do some barrel fermentation.
Riesling is so varied it can be difficult to tell what style you will find in the bottle unless there's a guide on the back. This tasting revealed dry, austere styles, sweeter ones, full-bodied ones, delicate ones and lush, rich ones with a dry finish. BEST VALUE Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2012
The Southern Sinfonia's concert on Saturday includes the world premiere of a new violin concerto by Dunedin composer Anthony Ritchie, played by Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova, for whom it was written. Charmian Smith reports.
It's pumpkin time, and there's a new variety available this year, the small butterkin, shaped like a small pumpkin but with flesh the colour of butternut.
Viognier produces full bodied, soft, lush wines and, like chardonnay, can be barrel fermented or oak aged. It does particularly well in Hawkes Bay.
After early ups and downs, wine growing in the Waitaki Valley is realising its potential, writes Charmian Smith.
The food the world wastes is enough to feed all the world's hungry several times over.
A witty comedy verging on farce with important themes underlying the humour, Alan Bennett's The History Boys opens at the Globe Theatre next week. Charmian Smith reports.