Wish we'd thought of that

New Zealand is known as a nation of innovation. And that innovation trickles down to the very stuff we eat and drink. Do you have a comestible-related creation that you think deserves to be recognised at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards? Then enter it in the Innovation in Food and Beverage category, sponsored by Plant & Food Research.

Wine me

A 99-year-old business, Moore Wilson’s, has opened its first nautical-inspired bottle store. Based alongside its Porirua store, the Wine, Beer and Spirits store is a welcome addition to the Moore Wilson’s family.

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Black Estate is a family-run vineyard on the rolling hillsides of North Canterbury. While the vineyard now has an established reputation for producing premium organic wines that are exported around the world, the first few years were tough.

Poor old Lockwood Smith, struggling to find a decent Kiwi drop over in London... Meanwhile, over in the Netherlands, expat Aucklander Jens Hack has been struggling with the same thing for years – and in November, he launched DeWandelaar, a boutique food and wine store in Amsterdam. Despite some teething problems including shipping snafus and general consumer ignorance, they've been able to pivot quickly like any good tech startup and refine their vision to meet the market.