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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.

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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.

Taking the mick out of ridiculous winespeak is a hugely enjoyable pastime enjoyed by many cynical New Zealanders and it was taken to glorious new heights in last year's DB Export Dry campaign 'The Wine is Over'. Now Invivo is hoping to cut through any notes of gooseberry, freshly cut grass or oak with a new billboard, Facebook and radio campaign that promotes the fact its award-winning wines mostly taste like, well, really good wine.

Recently we asked Idealog readers for ideas for our Design the Wine competition, with the winning creative idea going on the bottle of our new Pinot Noir. Idealog’s been hunting around for a label that encompasses some fine design as well as the word ‘idea’ and hey presto – Vanessa Fowler-Kendall came up with the goodies.