Food and wine news

Food and wine news

It’s early days but there’s quiet confidence among Waiheke winemakers of an excellent 2017 harvest - even if holidaymakers went home less than impressed with the weather. Just how elusive the summer was over the traditional holiday period was unofficially...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Casita Miro has been awarded the People’s Choice Award for Best Destination Restaurant in Metro magazine’s Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2018 awards. The Onetangi vineyard venue, co-owned by Cat Vosper and husband Barnett Bond, was nominated as one of...
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...
He may have been crowned Winemaker of the Year in the NZ Aromatic Wine Competition, but Mudbrick’s Patrick Newton reckons it’s largely down to the grapes. “This win just cements our belief that our minimal impact style is producing outstanding...
A trial of a ‘pay as you feel’ dining concept using food diverted from landfills has patrons in Auckland queueing around the block. Last Monday, a team from Mudbrick restaurant and the vineyard’s Archive Bar and Bistro headed to the...