Viv Milsom’s family were wine and spirit merchants in Dunedin, so when she was growing up Sunday roast was always accompanied by a glass of imported red or white wine. Ski holidays in Central Otago were also part of family life.Gaining a BA Hons in Political Studies and English from the University of Otago, Viv went on to work as a television and radio news journalist. A switch to secondary education and, in particular, teaching English led to an interest in print journalism. Ten years ago Viv moved to Central Otago to work as a freelance writer and journalist. The Vineyards of Central Otago is her first book.When not writing, Viv loves to spend time with her family, play golf, ski, travel and walk the hills near her Wanaka home with her chocolate lab Fudge.