The Drinks List

With amazing wine-growing regions right on the city’s door-step, it’s not surprising that Christchurch locals have a taste for fine wine. From Canterbury, from New Zealand, and from around the world, look here for the latest wines to try.

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Cityscape talks to some of the city’s brewing craftspeople about the reasons for the craft beer boom, their motivations, and a few of their drops to watch out for. Jumped on the craft beer/boutique beer appreciation train yet? With the number of craft breweries in the country increasing from just 3 around 1980 to closer to 80 today, it’s fair to say our beer horizons have massively expanded, and with increasing numbers of bustling brew-pubs, beer-focussed bars/cafes/restaurants, boutique beer stores and local craft breweries popping up, Christchurch might just be getting ideas about giving Wellington and Nelson run for their money in the contest to be the nation’s craft beer capital. Local brewers all agree that New Zealand is part of a worldwide surge of interest in craft beer at present, perhaps spurred on in particular locally by the sense that there’s a bit of catching up to do. “I think...
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Situated on Colombo St, along side Sydenham hot spot The Colombo, The Beer Library is Christchurch’s only craft beer bottle store. A relaxed atmosphere, an outstanding selection, and knowledgeable staff providing excellent service ensure that this is the perfect place for everyone to find their perfect beer, from the biggest ‘hop-heads’ to craft beer novices.The first thing you'll notice when walking in to The Beer Library is the wall of chillers that ensurethe stock stays as fresh as the day it left the brewery. With well over 300 different bottles and five constantly rotating taps for rigger fills, The Beer Library curates the largest selection of craft beer available in the South Island. The Beer Library stocks beers from local Christchurch breweries, further afield in New Zealand, and hard to find beers from around the globe. You’re sure to find something you’ve never had!As if the selection alone wasn’t enough,...
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Kicking stuffy gin stereotypes to the curb, Rogue Society Gin’s gritty sophistication rekindles the excitement and glamour of the roaring 20s for this in-vogue former prohibition staple. Fusing the goodness of 12 botanicals, this artisan small batch tipple is no nanna’s drink (though we dare say she’d love it!). Distilled in Christchurch (in a hand-beaten, 19th Century John Dore copper pot still no less!), glacial waters from the Southern Alps contribute to this super smooth drop in which juniper and citrus flavours kick-start a party in your mouth. Slap tradition upside the head with a Rogue & Tonic, switching things up with a wedge of blood orange. Get a fix at: Bloody Mary’s, Baretta, Civil & Naval, The Dirty Land, Fiddlesticks, JDV, King of Snake, Mexicano’s,The Monday Room, No.4 Bar & Restaurant, Riccarton House Bistro, Tequila Mockingbird, Town Tonic and Volstead Trading Company.www.roguesocietygin.com...
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Available at Vino Fino. The Crater Rim Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2012The bouquet is beautifully fragrant showing red/black cherry, spice, floral and hints of thyme and savoury mushroom, followed by a succulent palate that’s richly textured and superbly supported by plenty of polished tannins. RRP $19.99Black Estate Chardonnay 2012Beautiful locally produced Chardonnay. Mouth-filling with ripe citrus and yellow stone fruits intermixed with butterscotch and creamy notes, along with nutty oak and chalky minerality. It has gorgeous weight and texture in the mouth. RRP $34.99...
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Sometimes you feel like a beer, others a cocktail – now you can have both. Just when you thought beer couldn’t get any better (forget what you’ve been told about mixing your drinks) along comes the beertail (currently rocking the Northern Hemisphere) – the perfect union of beer and booze and an awesome autumnal tipple.But before you start reaching for the cider or lemonade to whip up a snake bite or, worse, a shandy, there are a few ground rules: it’s not about destroying a precision crafted beer, rather it’s about pulling different flavours and aromas from the beer than you would normally experience.So leave the shandy to Gran and get your laughing gear around a Black Velvet (stout and champagne), Michelada (mexican lager, lime juice, tabasco sauce, tomato juice and salt and pepper) or a Skip & Go Naked (lager, vodka and lemonade) and drink in the moment....
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Looking for the next big thing in summer swilling that’s super easy to fix, crazy refreshing and guaranteed to blow your guests’ hair back? Then it’s time to turn back the clock, tap into a swinging classic and get your Aperol Spritz on. The go-to drink over the European summer, the revival of this thirst-quenching elixir knocked summer perennial Pimm’s off its perch during its recent blitz of Europe. Passing the Cityscape road test with flying colours and resembling bottled sunshine, this breezy, bitter-sweet, low(ish) alcohol aperitif is almost as easy to make as it is to drink. Booze hounds can kick it up a notch with a shot of gin to really get the party started. Aperol Spritz Grab some: Aperol Apéritif, 60 ml (if your local liquor store doesn't have it available, try New Zealand online retailers such as this one or this one). Prosecco (or another dry sparkling...
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An exceptionally fine Pinot Noir off aged vines from fantastic terroir. A wine in perfect balance, whose fruit ripeness, concentration, tannin, complexity and underlying acidity will allow it to age gracefully over the next 10 years. RRP $39.99 Vino Fino Price $32.99...
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New to our shores this Aussie upstart is out to make big impression. Named after one of The Three Musketeers, it tastes as good as it looks wielding plenty of power and finesse. Its excellent price makes it a wine for all! RRP $24.99 Vino Fino Price $19.99...
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Taking out gold at the Royal Easter Show this Gris with grace sports a swishy label by Zambesi and equally stylish wine inside. Expect fruit weight, texture and length with a balanced, almost dry, palate. RRP $20.99 Vino Fino Price $14.99...
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“Momma always said life was like a box of chocolates ...” but rich and full like a Chocolate Box Shiraz sounds better to me! This is classic Barossa Shiraz that may well enhance your life! It is inky dark in colour, indicating the fulsome qualities of the wine. Dark berries and, yes, dark chocolate flavours with hints of roasted meat and dried herb. Thick and full bodied with nice powdery, chalky tannins to finish. This is a star Shiraz. RRP $19.99...
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