Top Tastes is designed to help you find the best places for food and drink; whether you want delicious fish chips, beautiful café food in a winery setting, or finely crafted formal dining food this is your guide. It also contains reviews of different food and beverage products.

Top Tastes was created by Neil Hodgson and managed by him, he will be inviting other professional writers to contribute to the site, this means more regional information will be added as time goes by. You will find a range of opinions from people who know their stuff when it comes to food and beverage.

Only reviews written by this select group will be published on the site (you are welcome to leave comments of course) so you will be able to trust the review – no fake reviews, no ranting, just good information to help you choose great things to eat and drink as well as the best places to eat out.


Three Pairs of Wines from Three Producers

One of the things that I love about working around wine in New…

Besos Del Sol Sangria

And now for something completely different. Del Sol (Kisses…


Blackenbrook Vineyard

I have been a fan of Blackenbrook Vineyard’s wines for many…

Mahi Wines – Start the Revolution!

Recently, I was extremely lucky to be invited to lunch at the…

The Wine to Ice Cream Journey of Mike Brown

I think everyone in the region is aware of the fantastic success…

Burger Culture

Like many people I love a good burger and over the years I’ve…

Ebisu Japanese Restaurant

There is no shortage of great Japanese restaurants in Auckland…

Caravan of Love - Just Be Food & Drinks

In 2005 Annette Meyer, who is originally from Switzerland, came…


We’ve put together a team of experts who have a passion for writing about Food and Beverage.