Wine sales are coming up rose

SUMMER WINE: Supermarket sales show in the year to date, Kiwis purchased 861,607 bottles of still rose wine.

The pink drink has lost its reputation as lolly water and customers are buying it in record volumes.

Hawkes Bay wine wins top award

James Rowan judges at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine awards.

A Hawkes Bay wine has taken out the top award at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

A healthy summer barbecue

BANGERS: Opt for extra lean sausages where you can.

Eating at barbecues is healthy if you get the right mix.

Celeb chefs' table tennis battle

COMPETITIVE: Heston Blumenthal is set to take on other chefs in a table tennis challenge.

Forget the dining table. Chefs Heston Blumenthal and George Calombaris are set to face off around the ping pong table.

What's in Nadia Lim's food bag?

BAGS OF POTENTIAL: Nadia Lim knows her market doesn't want to be preached to.

About 10,000 Kiwi homes subscribe to My Food Bag, a weekly delivery of five meals in a bag.

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A Hawke's Bay chardonnay has an appreciative audience among the Air New Zealand Wine Award judges.

Wine sales are coming up rose

The pink drink has lost its reputation as lolly water and customers are buying it in record volumes.

James Rowan judges at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine awards.

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James Rowan judges at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine awards.

Hawkes Bay wine wins top award

A Hawkes Bay wine has taken out the top award at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards.