Simplicity Reigns

6 tips for picnic perfection from Città Daylight savings and bright spring weather has us dreaming of lazy summer afternoons, with good food, wine and great company. Enhance these delicious flavours in the fresh air and sunshine by preparing the ultimate summer picnic. Prepare for picnic season with tips from Città Stylist Sam van Kan on creating a luxurious spread for you, friends and family.…
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Lunch on the Lawn

Blossoms, bees and bubbles are an ideal way to celebrate the arrival of warmer days, Kelly Gibney offers two divine recipes – the perfect match for a glass of Nautilus Vintage Rose on a spring afternoon. The Ultimate Picnic Salad Serves 4 generously This salad is very loosely inspired by a classic niscoise salad. It’s so full of delicious ingredients it can be all you…
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A Perfect Platter

The expression ‘you eat with your eyes first’ is certainly true when creating the ultimate platter. Our friends at Città share their tips on how to curate a cheese platter feast, together with our perfect wine pairings. 1. Perfect pairings First thing’s first, choose your cheese and wine pairings carefully so the flavours work together in perfect harmony. Luckily in New Zealand, we have artisans…
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Winter’s Bounty

You may associate cold days with rich, heavy food, but Kelly Gibney shows us a brilliant way with winter veges that brings the warmth without the weightiness. The flavoursome richness of this dish plays beautifully with Nautilus Chardonnay. The cauliflower rice ensures it doesn’t feel too too heavy. A great meal to take you from winter through to spring. Serve with whatever vegetables takes your…
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Bringing Winter to Life

5 tips for perfecting your midwinter feast During shorter days, we turn inside and make the home a focus for entertaining and socialising with friends and family. Feed the soul with a midwinter feast: decadent wining and dining, with a cosy atmosphere to melt away winter chills. Here are 5 tips for making your midwinter feast look as good as it tastes from the interior…
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Winter Soul Food

Author, home cook, and all round lovely person Kelly Gibney has created two warming family meals to match our limited release, single vineyard Pinot Noirs. Asian spiced lamb shoulder w/ rice noodles & quick pickled cucumber Serves 6 Deeply warming and beautifully spiced, this succulent lamb shoulder is paired with thick rice noodles and the bright flavours of pickled cucumbers. With just the right amount…
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Vintage 2014 Report

A mild spring and warm & settled December resulted in a good fruit set and higher than average cropping levels.  Considerable fruit thinning was carried out across all varieties to ensure the vines were balanced. Throughout spring and early summer the season was warmer than average and we were anticipating an early vintage.  Post-Christmas temperatures were more normal but we still managed our earliest start…
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A Mighty Meaty Feast at Cazador

Last Monday I finished work early and took a flight to Auckland. My mission: drive to Cazador in Balmoral for a Tasting Club dinner organised by the incredible girls from Gather and Hunt and the amazing family team at Cazador. What a night! At the door, Rebecca from Cazador welcomed me with a fab glass of our Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV, and I stepped through the…
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Taste of Auckland

Taste of Auckland 2013

Claudia serving customers at Taste of Auckland When I got an email from Katy asking if I wanted to go to Taste of Auckland, I was sitting at my desk dreaming about not being at my desk, so I immediately said yes! This was such a good opportunity to represent the brand I love the most at one of the most prestigious Food and Wine…
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