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Top Tastes is designed to help you find the best food and beverage venues and products; whether you want delicious fish chips, beautiful café food in a winery setting, finely crafted formal dining, food ideas, wine reviews or cocktail recipes this is your guide to the best New Zealand has to offer.

Top Tastes was created by Neil Hodgson and managed by him, he has invited 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, reviews and recipes 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.

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THE LATEST REVIEWS

The great bubbles let-down

For the last 25 years, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen (and, some who wouldn’t) that ‘Montana’ Lindauer Brut is the best value wine in the country, bar none. A gentle, friendly, hugely approachable, moderately complex brut Champagne style for under $10? Buy it all, I’d say! Sadly, this is no longer the case […]

Low and Slow BBQ Cooking

With the stunning weather we have had around the Nelson region over the holiday season our barbecue, like many others, has been getting a serious workout. Even more so since we started experimenting with low and slow cooking on our new Weber charcoal-fired bbq. Rather than buying gifts we don’t need for each other at […]

The great bubbles let-down

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For the last 25 years, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen…

Low and Slow BBQ Cooking

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With the stunning weather we have had around the Nelson region…

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Low and Slow BBQ Cooking

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Joelle Thomson’s Top 12 sparkling wines of 2019

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Old House Vineyards

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Pete’s Natural Hemp Drinks

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I told you all about Pete’s Natural Drinks and the owners of…

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