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Last Word

Last Word

Horses for courses  Louis Pierard  La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid. Usually. Though I found revenge at its sweetest served rare but hot, and with béarnaise sauce.  When I was a boy my elder sister developed that curiously female attachment to horses, a phenomenon largely incomprehensible to many of us, but perhaps, as someone once suggested, a sort of biological preparation for dominating something large and slow-witted later on in life. Her bedroom walls were festooned […]

Getting Crafty in Melbourne

Getting Crafty in Melbourne

Melbourne is known for its food and wine, but they’re getting a run for their money thanks to the local craft beer industry, as  Ann-Marie Nansett discovers.  Down an industrial side street in Footscray is Hop Nation, one of Melbourne’s best craft breweries. The old and compact warehouse serves as […]

Herzog Rest Review

Herzog Rest Review

Hans Herzog  81 Jeffries Rd,   Rapaura  Marlborough  Herzog’s row of colonial cottage-style buildings housing its restaurant, cellar door and bistro, surrounded by charming gardens with vineyards beyond, can be found down the end of a quiet road near the Wairau river.  Established by Therese Herzog […]

House – Autumn

House – Autumn

Grant Taylor has turned an old, ramshackle woolshed on his Gibbston vineyard into a comfortable pad, Charmian Smith discovers.  At first glimpse the old woolshed in Valli’s Gibbston vineyard looks much as it must have done early last century with its rough weather boards and […]

Marlborough bike ride

Marlborough bike ride

A bike ride around vineyards and tasting at cellar doors can leave you feeling both virtuously exercised and indulged. Charmian Smith rides the Golden Mile in Marlborough.   You have to be careful on the roads in the late afternoon, a Marlborough winemaker told me […]

The Battle of Bannockburn

The Battle of Bannockburn

The (other) battle of Bannockburn   To GI or not to GI? That is the Bannockburn question. John Saker heads south to investigate a thorny issue.   Blair Walter reached for his phone and showed me a photo he had stored there. It was a […]

Spring Tastings

Spring Tastings

Spring tastings coming up! We’re tasting syrah, aromatic wines, and Italian and Spanish varieties. Have you received your tastings invitation yet? If you haven’t, and you’d like to join, please contact us.