Simon Fell

Meat makes the cut

Have you ever wondered how meat cuts acquired their names? Some are confusing and controversial.

Giving beer the sommelier treatment

Simon Fell Regular readers of this column will know I have a pretty low opinion of the selection of beers offered by most restaurants.

Easy drinking

Simon Fell When we received some Thornbury wines for review, we realised our collective memory regarding the history of the label, and where it now sits in the scheme of things, is a little rusty.

Winning Kiwi

cellar A selection of new international ideas for the deliciously versatile kiwifruit.

To or not cellar

cellar Iconoclast or provocateur - both could be applied to Matt Kramer, who appeared in Wine Spectator under the sub-heading: Is it worth it to age wines anymore?

Lim visits wine, food producers

pick and mix Foodie fans can feast on Marlborough's culinary classics from Yealands wine to liquorice-tasting garlic and Marlborough Sounds mussels on Sky's Food TV next week.

Fair fare

Generally speaking, Kiwis believe in the idea of a fair go. So it is no great surprise that Fairtrade imported goods are gaining in popularity.

Unusually delicious

The wrath of online criticism

Cutting the wires

cellar Next Thursday, at a gala awards dinner, breweries will find out whose medal winning beers have earned them the trophy for Champion Brewery of New Zealand.

Clash of the Lions

A fortnight ago I received an invitation to a trans-Tasman challenge between two iconic craft breweries: Emerson's and Little Creatures.

Interest in Kiwi craft beers frothing up

Craft beer sales 'will suffer'

What's brewing in Belgium

My last trip to Belgium was in 2001, some 13 years ago, and since that time my go-to resource for information about Belgian beer has been Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium.

Sustainability focus for conference

Marquees Succession and sustainability are two of the topics to be covered at the 2014 New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference in Blenheim.

Health warnings on NZ wine not likely

New Zealand wine companies will not be forced to display cigarette-style warning labels on their wine bottles, despite it being considered by the British Government, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan says.

Scientific contribution 'rewarding'

NZ bucks global trend with wine increase

Singular wines a hallmark of O:TU

Jan Kux began as CEO and winemaker for O:TU in 2010. Since that time he has stepped down from the former role to focus more squarely on wine quality.

Colourful tribute to Abi

abi hone A Blenheim interior designer is spreading colour to mark the life of her goddaughter who was killed in a car accident earlier this year.

Homemade with inspiration

In the second part of a series on DIY art, Sophie Preece finds a Marlborough woman looking outside the square and inside the frame.

High flying dancer to showcase skills

Home is where the art is

Little Oceans in bigger pond

A new recording grant confirms that former Marlborough band Little Oceans are on the right track.

Restoration a reflection of love

cottage In a picturesque Marlborough valley, one man is restoring a cottage which has been in his family for five generations.

Garden show 21 and flourishing

Tickets to the Garden Marlborough event are selling well with one workshop sold out already.

Bygone treasures

House of the week: Blenheim

Homemade with inspiration

In the second part of a series on DIY art, Sophie Preece finds a Marlborough woman looking outside the square and inside the frame.

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