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WINE

We can easily see this fitting into this year’s party season – the Moet & Chandon six pack. The cute-as-can-be mini bottles (187ml) each have their own golden sippers! That’s the cherry on top for the $150 ‘Share Mini Moet’ set.

In the lead-up to Christmas, get yourself a grown-up’s advent calendar. The Beer Library in Sydenham will have you opening a bottle of craft beer every day, or, new for 2017 is the gin advent calendar, with 24 hand-bottled 50ml gins. Get in quick!

The New World Wine Awards have declared some local wineries as exceptional, and who are we to argue? Canterbury as a region took home a stash of 26 medals, the gold medals going to: Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2016, Main Divide Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2015, The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2014, and The Crater Rim From the Ashes Waipara Riesling 2016. Sounds like four good reasons to set up a dinner party or two.

DINE

Have you noticed what’s slipped into the frozen section at the supermarket? American ice cream brand Haagen-Dazs has been added to the temptations list, with five flavours. The macadamia nut brittle is hard to resist!

There’s a new eatery at the Christchurch Art Gallery, and you might just recognise the man behind it. Tony Astle has added Universo, a brassiere and bar, to his conglomerate of eateries around the city, and this one isn’t on Victoria Street. Discover contemporary cuisine in a decor reminiscent of a tropical oasis.

What is UberEATS? Is it a souvlaki in your midnight taxi home? No, it’s a way to access the menus of a wide range of our city’s top eateries – from Velvet Burger to Gre3n Superfood and Juice Bar – and have your favourite dish delivered to your locale quicksmart, via the app – just like Uber.

 EXPERIENCE

It’s the most colourful week of Christchurch’s summer calendar – when street performers from across the world descend on the city for more than a week of incredible street theatre. This January will mark the 25th anniversary of the World Buskers Festival, and with all the stops pulled to celebrate, it’s one you won’t want to miss. It’s set to run over 10 days and 11 nights from January 18-28. Check out the line up and find all the details at worldbuskersfestival.com.

After more than two decades, the sport of kings is returning to Hagley Park this summer. Hagley Park Polo is a traditional tournament set to be held for the first time since the early 90s on January 20-21. It’s free to watch, so if the sun’s out it could be a perfect opportunity to take a picnic and make a day of it.

 

INDULGE

Recently named the country’s Best New Restaurant in the Restaurant of the Year Awards, Pasture  in Auckland didn’t take the title by playing by the rules. The 20-seat restaurant in Parnell was designed to be a completely unique dining experience, and one of their latest innovations is a juice pairing option. Not content to stick with wine pairing, they’ve created handmade juices designed to fit each of the dishes on their set six-course menu. Bookings can be made online at www.pastureakl.com.

The simpliest morning rituals can shape your whole day. That’s what kikki.K’s new homewares collection, Svenska Hem Morning Rituals, is all about. It’s designed to help you start the day right, whether that means a steaming cup of tea from their Grey Stone porcelain set, lighting a scented candle, or a quiet moment with one of their planners or gratitude journals.

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