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THE LIVING LEGACY Wine & Dine’s credible editorial has been the cornerstone of making the publication the definitive magazine for gourmands for the past 32 years. We don’t just cover the local dining scene; we also bring you the latest gourmet news from around the world, from the latest Michelin-starred restaurants to food festivals. Our writers interview top culinary personalities to share with you their valuable insights. Wine has always been one of our editorial strengths. We check out excellent vintages, explore lesser known wine regions, and pick boutique wines that are worth a place in your cellar. We also talk to winemakers, whisky distillers and other drink purveyors to find out more about the latest trends that are shaping the future of the wine and spirits industry. We offer great tips on entertaining at home, too. Our stylishly photographed recipes, which come with clear instructions from the contributing chefs, inspire our savvy readers to whip up delectable treats in their own kitchens. Our travel features don’t just fill you in on the latest resorts and hotels to check into, they explore dining trends happening in another part of the world, and the multifaceted role of food in other cultures. The fascinating stories add to our holistic editorial coverage on the gourmet lifestyle and the art of good living.
This issue, we consider the well-loved yet elusive concept of craft or artisanship. A thick, crispy and chewy crust. A deep, earthy, wheaty flavour. True artisanal bread, made with wholesome ingredients and passionate craftsmanship is easily one of life’s greatest pleasures. The same can be said about artisanal chocolate, cheese, coffee, and the list goes on. The quality and commitment that goes into a handcrafted product is what sets them apart from their manufactured sibling. But what defines artisanal? The word has in recent years been plastered on almost every food item you can think of, from chips to peanut butter to bottled drinks. Can foods that are made using machines, but following your grandmother’s handed-down recipe, be considered artisanal? To share some views on the issue, a group of F&B insiders give the lowdown on the real meaning of this buzzword. We also shine the spotlight on five local craftsmen who share what artisanal means to them and if artisanal product should command a high price tag. If you’re looking to try some artisanal produce, we’ve put together a list of places you can visit to get your fix. In our coverage on wine, we have a chat with Chris Hatcher, chief winemaker of Wolf Blass, and highlight some of the best examples of Bordeaux-style blends in the world. This issue is also chock-full of travel inspiration from traversing New Zealand to discovering charming Cotswolds. These stories may just ignite your wanderlust.