Eat. Drink. Cook.

Our weekly fresh finds from the New Zealand food scene. Today is International Wine Day so you can guess what this week's theme is!

An award-winning red for fireside drinks

As the temperatures plummet, many of us will be choosing to reach for a rich red come wine time, over the lighter, fruitier Chardonnays. The Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a wonderful choice for winter. A trophy winner at the 2020 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, it is full bodied and densely coloured. It has a bouquet of blackberry and cherry with subtle oak seasoning, while the palate is softly textured and generous in nature. We think it's amazing with slow cooked lamb or beef with creamy mash. $19.99/750ml.

A beautiful drop for any dish

This outstanding vinegar is hand crafted from Central Otago Pinot Noir. The ruby red colour is well preserved and this vinegar has all the flavour characteristics of the incredible wine it is made out of. Typical flavour characteristic for the Central Otago region are the sweet fruit, cherry and black fruit characteristics with hint of spices and a soft round finish. $15/250ml.

A story of wine - told through chocolate

Rockburn Wines from Central Otago teamed-up with the Seriously Good Chocolate Company in Invercargill, to create a selection of premium wine infused chocolates.

Three indulgent chocolate and wine blends reflect both producers’ focus on quality and craftsmanship, expertly turning three iconic Rockburn wines into delicious truffles: Tigermoth Riesling, Stolen Kiss Rose and Rockburn Pinot Noir. $18 per box.

Jelly on a cheese plate

Wine jellies are a beautiful addition to any cheese platter. Wild Appetite provides a two-pack, including a Merlot Wine Jelly and a Sauvignon Blanc Wine Jelly for $29.95. Herb & Spice also makes a selection of gorgeous jellies using New Zealand Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rosé. $7.50/120ml.

Pinot soaked cheese

A very unique cheese. Gibbston Valley Cheese take their Aged Glenroy cheddar and soak it in Pinot Noir. When the outer wax is removed, you will find the cheese is blushed with the wine as it has taken on the flavour making an exciting and indulgent addition. $13.50/170g.


Heavensent Gourmet handcraft their products in New Zealand. We love their range of dressings and vinaigrettes, including this deliciously tangy Raspberry & White Wine Vinaigrette. Packed full of raspberries, wholegrain mustard and seasoning, we recommend drizzling generously on salads and chicken. $16.95/375ml.