Food and wine news

Food and wine news

Tactical planning, precision scheduling, navigating the lay of the land at Auckland’s Meatstock 2018 - the Smugglers team were ready for war, barbecue war. And they won - twice to be exact - smoking the competition to be crowned Culley’s...
Onetangi institution Charlie Farley’s will be under new management from 30 October. Former owners Brent and Lauren Ivory have sold the popular beachfront restaurant to the Nourish Group, which manages a growing portfolio of restaurants including Euro in Auckland, Pravda...
Waiheke vineyards seem to have come through the heaviest week of rain in recent harvest-time history largely unscathed. The 320mm recorded over five days from 7 to 11 March came as vulnerable early-ripening varieties were on the cusp of harvest. Mudbrick...
Almost in defiance of the times, Waiheke Organic Food is closing after 20 years of offering a haven to the health-conscious on Tahi Road. Anna Ripper, Leila Lees and Carol Shortis opened the island’s first organics shop in 1998, selling...
The grape harvest is in full swing at the island’s two-dozen-and-counting commercial vineyards, with winemakers once again having to play the cards they’ve been dealt. Weather-wise, this is the third challenging summer in a row for Waiheke growers, but fingers...
The ceremonial cracking of cheese is not an event to go unnoticed. Especially when the cheese is a three-year-old, 40kg heavy wheel of Italian Parmesan called Parmigiano Reggiano. Owners of the Island Grocer Nicky and Simon Cairns brought over Calum...
Harvest 2017 may come to be viewed as the grape escape by the island's winegrowers. After an excellent fruiting season and dry January and February, hopes for a standout vintage were dashed by heavy downpours in March and early April....

Te Motu vineyard’s restaurant The Shed became the first Waiheke restaurant to be awarded a “hat,” a New Zealand version of a Michelin star, at this year’s Cuisine Good Food Awards held on Monday. This year also marked the first...
For the second year in a row, Tim Adams from Waiheke’s Obsidian Vineyard is the Bayer Auckland-Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year. Tim won the title last Friday, after a full day of competing in all things viticultural in the...
Records are dropping as this year’s bumper crop of olives make its way to island presses. In contrast to 2015, when some of the island’s groves produced little or no fruit, this year’s crop flourished thanks to near-perfect pollination conditions...