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 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.


Nelson wines & climate change

Each vintage has its challenges but I am amazed at the quality of wines that have been produced in this region in recent years

Try A Taste of Nelson

A great way to enjoy local wines is while dining at one of the many outstanding cafes and restaurants in the region, the vast majority of which are proud to serve beautiful wines made right here in this region.


A Selection of Recent Release Wines

Here’s a selection of some great NZ wines, including three…

Rain and labour clouds in optimistic outlook for 2022 wine vintage

As you travel around the region supporting local businesses you…

Nelson Food Distributors and The Chook Farm

Last week I wrote about Skipper’s Choice Sauces and Dressings,…

Skipper’s Choice Sauces & Dressings

Skipper’s Choice Sauces and Dressings is one of those producers…

Under the Hood BBQ Sauce

Early last year I wrote about Dave King who started Under the…


The Nelson Farmers Market is alive and well in its new location…


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