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'Perfect' glass for Kiwi drop

Central Otago Winegrowers Association spokesperson Rudi Bauer with the "perfect" glass to enjoy Central Otago Pinot Noir.

A European glassware company has created the "perfect glass" to enjoy Central Otago Pinot Noir.

Never store coffee in the fridge

KEEP OUT OF THE FRIDGE: Coffee beans may look good out on display but they should be stored in a dark, airtight environment.

It's the subject of much debate but moisture from a fridge or freezercan turn the beans bad, experts say.

Are you a true beer lover?

A-GAME BEERS: 'You can really judge a brewer quite well by how they make a lower-strength beer,' says Phil Cook.

Think low alcohol means low flavour? Think again, says beer expert Phil Cook.

A milestone for the mainstream

CONTRASTING PERSONALITIES: Mac's Three Wolves Pale Ale, left, and Mac's Green Beret IPA.

Two new Mac’s beers suggest times are a-changin’ at Lion - and are well worth checking out.

Record crowd for beer fest

CHEERS: Sam Cleary of Wellington enjoys one of the 16 varieties of craft beer served up at MarchFest in Nelson on Saturday.

Nelson's annual craft beer and music festival MarchFest is making a habit of breaking attendance records.

Prettiest latte of the year video

Things get a little steamy at the NZ Latte Art Competition.

Tulip-patterned coffees see Aucklander Sam Low crowned winner at the Latte Art Championships.

Maori wine wins champion trophy

Aronui Wines’ winemaking team Adam Mitchell, left, chief winemaker Bruce Taylor, Lloyd Howes and Anna McCarty have won a top award for
their pinot gris.

Pinot gris produced in Upper Moutere wins champion trophy at Royal Easter Wine Show awards.

Fresh hops rushed into action

Hop grower Brent McGlashen of Mac Hops, left and Tuatara head brewer Rik Valentine load some of the 40 sacks, 800kg of freshly harvested green hops from Mac
Hops in Motueka, ready to be flown to Paraparaumu and brewed immediately. Photo: Marion van Dijk

Time is of the essence when it comes to hops, so Tuatara Brewery sent its head brewer to Nelson in a plane to collect 800kg of them.

How to match wine with hot food

Te Whare Ra Single Vineyard 5182 Riesling M 2014 and Riccadonna Prosecco DOC.

Wine can work well with chilli-charged foods, as long as you follow a few tips.

How to drink beer like a local

Women drink beers during the Madrid Fusion XIIIth International Summit of Gastronomy in Madrid February 4, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY)

Travel the world, and you'll find there's quite a bit of disagreement about what the best beer looks like.

Raising funds by raising glasses

Baylands Brewery owner Aidan Style with Queen of Jackson owner Alex Henderson are raising money for charity with a weekly pay-what-you-want brew.

Forget sausage sizzles - charities can raise by the pint at Queen of Jackson in Petone, Wellington.

A breath of fresh air

HOPPY DAYS: Fresh-hopped beers have a unique herbaceous character.

Keep an eye out for some one-off beers brewed with freshly picked green hops.

Women brew up support

BREWING BOOTS: Ava Wilson and Anita Mitchell are behind the brew day.

Christchurch's female brewers are pulling together to make their mark in a male-dominated industry.

Tom the Pom brews up bronze

SMILING: Tapanui craft beer brewer Tom Jones has picked up a bronze medal in an international competition.

A crafty Tapanui brewer called Tom the Pom is making waves in the beer world.

Wine labels flying under the radar

Easthope Family Winegrowers Pinot Noir Te Muna Road 2013 and Mangaorapa Estate Southern Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris 2011.

New Zealand is rich with wineries, but these little-known Kiwi tipples are well worth seeking out.

You can't define terroir

A SENSE OF PLACE: Grape pickers harvest fruit at the Chateau Haut Brion vineyard in Pessac, near Bordeaux. Bordeaux winemakers define terroir not with romance, but with precision.

But you can taste it. When most wine lovers bandy the word about, we mean 'a sense of place'.

Aus vs NZ: Who makes better beer?

Who brews a better beer?

Forget the World Cup - another classic trans-Tasman battle has been brewing.

Raise a glass to craft beer

PASSION: Richard Emerson has invested in the brewery which bears his name.

Art and science is an intoxicating mix for brewery boss Richard Emerson.

This is a beer lover's dream

CHEERS: Live music, great beer and a top location – what's not to like?

Marchfest, at Founders Heritage Park in Nelson, showcases quirky new brews in a great setting.

North's grape harvest off 'to a good start'

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: Kerikeri vineyard owner Mike Endean has the perfect spot for growing grapes.

Some of the first wine grapes to be picked this year hail from a micro-vineyard in the Far North.

Pubs are adapting

POPULAR: Carl Harrington, left, owner of Harrington's Brewery, and Mike Cheer, a brewer, with their Harry's Light beer.

A wave of low-alcohol beer is keeping business from drying up in Christchurch pubs.

Why French grapes are the favourites

CLASSICS: Brancott Estate Terroir Series Fumé Blanc 2014 and Bilancia Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris 2013.

There are thousands of wine grape varieties, but most of us stick to the Gallic classics – for good reason.

Brewing an eye-opener

Chief executive Richard Shirtcliffe and Tuatara brewer Carl Vasta in front of the eye-catching mural at their new premises on Karo Drive.

Carl Vasta is installing his 10th brewery in a heritage building popular with the boys throughout it's history.

How to make the perfect cup of tea

Brewed awakening: It's official, the perfect cuppa requires the milk to be added first.

The British Standards Institution have released official guidelines for making the perfect cuppa.

How to talk to bartenders

LEARN HOW TO APPROACH THE BENCH: He can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to ordering the right drink.

Going out for a drink tonight? Here’s how to get what you want, every time.

British deal for Kiwi craft beer

Tuatara Brewery Chief Executive Richard Shirtcliffe is pleased with the deal.

NZ craft beer will be more freely available in Britain after a collaboration of five breweries signed a deal with an international drinks distributor.

Don’t like hoppy beers? Don’t give up

HOPPY DAYS: You can learn to love the distinctive bitter taste of hops.

It’s natural for us to reject bitter tastes at first – but conditioning is the key to appreciation.

Marlborough savvy leads way in US

Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The United States is likely to become New Zealand's leading wine destination this year.

US fans raise their glasses to Kiwi wine

CHEERS: The US is on course to become New Zealand's leading wine destination.

The United States is likely to become New Zealand's leading wine destination this year.

Let Kiwi beers fly high again

HIGH HOPES: Beer columnist Geoff Griggs is optimistic that Air New Zealand will find a way to re-introduce Kiwi craft beers to its in-flight menus.

OPINION: Beer expert Geoff Griggs considers Air NZ's move to drop Kiwi craft beers from its flights.

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