Living the dream

Paul MajoR

The yacht Bella Via has been a regular visitor to the Marlborough Sounds. Skipper Paul Major writes about sailing from Canada to New Zealand and places in between.

Black Seeds top bill at Wine & Food Festival

Black Seeds

The Black Seeds have been announced as the headline act for next year’s Marlborough Wine & Food Festival.

Something to sprout about

Sango and chicken rice paper rolls

JAN BILTON - The Marlborough Express

Those little feathery sprouts usually sold in packets at your supermarket are highly nutritious.

Wines with the wow factor

There are four new Brancott Estate Limited Edition World of WearableArt Awards Series wines that are worth showing off at the table.

Everyone loves a crafty drop

Sango and chicken rice paper rolls

Before I head off on my travels I'd like to bring you up to date on a few interesting bits of brewing news.

Grape expectations

art by night

The annual Marlborough grape harvest creates 38,000 tonnes of waste material called marc. Reporter Cathie Bell looks at what might be done with it.

Fun is common theme

"Fun" is a word used by two artists with separate exhibitions opening in Blenheim on Saturday.

Teen tale - and so much more

 Denis Teeling

ANGELA CROMPTON - The Marlborough Express

Teenage hormones are high in a New Zealand stage comedy opening at the Boathouse Theatre in Blenheim tomorrow night.

Brass band offers window to world

 Denis Teeling

ANGELA CROMPTON - The Marlborough Express

As New Zealand's political future goes down for the count on Saturday night the Marlborough District Brass Band will offer people in Blenheim a more global view.

Dog days of spring

Man's best friend the focus of annual event


More than 240 people turned out with their canines to enjoy the second annual More FM Dogs' Day Out.

A special day for the Model A

Model A

Model A Ford drivers marked International Model A Ford Day with a trip from Blenheim to Awatere Valley and back.

Niuean adventure

Annette Scarfe

SARNIM DEAN - Marlborough

Having a Pacific Island holiday with a toddler can be plain sailing, writes Sarnim Dean.

Rockburn pinots remain on a roll

We look at a really delightful selection of wines this week - ranging from good quality everyday styles to those that suit a special occasion, a place in the cellar - or both.

Trending black garlic

 Henley players

Fermented foods such as black garlic are "trending". This is a relatively new product here but is a taste sensation many people will enjoy.

Keeping company with curries

Beer and curry

Ever since I discovered the joy of German lager with an Indian curry, pairing spicy food with different beer styles has interested me.

Let's talk about glass

Caroline MacDonald-Haig

Glass used by artists in ancient and modern times will be discussed in Blenheim on Thursday by English glass lecturer Caroline MacDonald-Haig at the Marlborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Radio theme captures imagination

Caroline MacDonald-Haig

A quirky take on New Zealand's century-long love affair with radio is coming to the Millennium Art Gallery in Blenheim on Saturday.

Norton's wine proving a hit with fans

TV star's tipple 'selling like hot cakes'

Ashburton Winz office

The first bottles of British talk show host Graham Norton's signature wine, made with Marlborough grapes, go on sale.

Pinot at Cloudy Bay 'world-class' event


About 70 winemakers, retailers and wine lovers gathered for this year's Pinot at Cloudy Bay event.

'Every tractor has a story'

McCormick Farmall Cub tractor

Restoring 60-year-old tractor took 130 hours, but semi-retired engineer did it for free.

Baton passes to new-look orchestra


"Upbeat" programme of works planned for inaugural concert at St Andrew's Church this weekend.

Achouffe beers in safe hands

One of the obvious benefits of a small brewery being taken over by a larger concern is that the smaller brewer's beers can be more widely promoted and distributed.

Wine judging not for the faint of heart

dead dolphin

Peter Norice worked as a steward at the 2014 International Spiegelau Wine Competition and was able to gain first-hand insight into the judging process.

Cafes, restaurants banning all smoking

Springlands Tavern

More cafes and restaurants in Marlborough are going completely smokefree - inside and out.

Carry on truckin'

Veteran driver tells tales of life on the road


Pot-hole ridden roads, campervan drivers, and the dangers of too many pies. Truckie John Stewart tells Heather Simpson life on the open road has its adventures.

Tasting an international occasion

 Nick Lane

Seventy people will taste some of the most expensive and exclusive pinot noirs from around the world this weekend at the Pinot at Cloudy Bay event in Marlborough.

Opera in surround Sound

Three New Zealand opera singers will fill the five-star Bay of Many Coves lodge in the Marlborough Sounds with opera, operetta and musical theatre next month.

Artist is doing what he 'loves'

Norman Sinclair

Artists need to create work that people want to look at, says high-country painter Norman Sinclair.

Quartet to open festival

The Europe-based Faust String Quartet will open the three-day St Andrews Music Festival in Blenheim on Friday.

Right cut can yield top crop

Ani Waitai

CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

Endless hours are spent in the vineyards during winter preparing vines. Cloudy Bay viticulturist Jim White showed wine reporter Chloe Winter the ropes.

Marlborough growers honoured at awards

Four Marlborough growers were honoured at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Menus expanding to meet changing tastes

Rowan West

Marlborough restaurants have been adapting and expanding their menus to cater for the latest fad diets.

Eat well without breaking the bank

Curried lentils and kumara.

Flatters and young marrieds often ask me how they can keep their weekly food bill in check. Here are 10 ideas.

Cheers, a toast to craft beer

Hawkshead Vineyard

If ever proof was needed, the results of this year's Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards are evidence of the growth and improving quality of Kiwi-brewed craft beer.

Plenty of 'gems' are on offer

Hawkshead Vineyard


When it's cold outside there's nothing nicer than settling in somewhere cosy, preferably with great wine and food on offer.

Uncommon terrain

Garden Marlborough's star attraction


The Marlborough Express

Australian gardening superstar Michael McCoy speaks to reporter Sonia O'Regan ahead of his appearance at Nelmac Garden Marlborough.

Green: Region reaching limit of vineyard land

Winegrowers chairman says Marlborough will reach limit of viable vineyard land at some point.

Tussock Run funds school computers

Tussock Run

More than 380 people laced up their shoes for the annual Tussock Run to raise money for Seddon School.

Marlborough beers take out top awards

Two Marlborough breweries honoured in the 2014 New Zealand Beer Awards,

Get on your bike

Melissa Brady

Summer's on its way, so now's a good time to start thinking of getting fit and enjoying Marlborough's great outdoors.

Meat makes the cut

Simon Fell

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.

Restoration reflects son's love


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

Taking the inside track

'No one ever wins against a train'

DXR locomotive

Reporter Anna Williams rides up front with locomotive engineer Murray Hewetson, who tells of his love for the job despite regular near misses with people who race the train.

Sustainability focus for wine conference


The Marlborough Express

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.

Garden show 21 and flourishing

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

Cutting the wires


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.

To or not 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?
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