Print Reflecting on the brilliant and bountiful Wellington on a Plate festival held recently, I had the opportunity of frequenting the pop-up Match Wine Bar, a collaboration of 20 wineries from Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton offering 40 wines by the glass and a pairing menu of 20 small plates created by legendary Chef, Ruth Pretty. ... read more >
Wine Kiwi Wanaka winos taking part in the Wanaka Challenge & raising funds for fantastic New Zealand conservation project Otago Kiwi Recovery Trust ... read more >
Central Otago Pinot Noir Postcard 2016 The Wandering Palate will be heading to Queenstown and the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2016 (Jan 28-30), one of the best pinot 'parties' on planet earth, or Middle Earth as it were. Indeed, I have been to almost every CNPN gig since the inaugural celebration back in 2001 and can assure you it is one of the most enjoyable ... read more >
Gallipoli dawn service - 2012 [caption id="attachment_6045" align="alignnone" width="460"] Gallipoli dawn service - 2012[/caption] They went with songs to the battle, they were young.Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,They fell with their faces to the foe.They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years ... read more >
Peg ssb It is definitively a product of old vines or perhaps I am showing my age, as it seems like I have been drinking this wine (Pegasus Sauvignon Semillon) for as long as I can remember. The Donaldson family, pioneers of the Waipara Valley, declare that 2012 was the latest harvest in memory with the semillon picked in late May, a ... read more >
NZ School F&W The New Zealand Wine and Food Event is an annual two-day public event in Auckland comprising a showcase of New Zealand and international wine, cooking workshops and master classes. In 2014 these include presentations by US-based Master of Wine Tim Hanni and renowned cheese expert Juliet Harbutt. The event is organised by Auckland-based New Zealand School of Food and Wine ... read more >
Visa Wellington on a Plate New Zealand’s largest and tastiest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP), is set to serve its sixth course of good times and great deals from 15-31 August. ... read more >
www.mountedward.co.nz I’m standing in Paul and Ruth Pretty’s kitchen sipping on a glass of Mount Edward Riesling 2013, whilst Ruth is cooking— in case you haven’t heard, Ruth just cooked for William  and Kate on their recent Royal Tour of New Zealand—so we are feeling rightly regal in her presence. ... read more >
How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course [caption id="attachment_10056" align="alignnone" width="599"] How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course[/caption] This picture twittered by Ata Rangi caught my eye... there are truffle dogs and there are Brix sniffing dogs, pretty logical when you think about... read more on Ata Rangi - click here     ... read more >
Ruth Pretty's Isle of Capri Tomatoes Having recently spent a few weeks on holiday in Wellington, New Zealand, I can report that we now know where the best Afghan biscuits are baked, and where the most incredible tomatoes and awesome Gin can be had—all of which have a fascinating history or story. ... read more >