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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.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Neil Hodgson

I consider myself a columnist with a particular specialty in wine and food, I have been writing about wine for The Nelson Mail since 2000 and about food and beverage since 2015. I write for several publications and taste many wines each week, some are sent as samples by wine companies, some are from our cellar, some we buy and others dinner guests bring along to share with us. I will publish tasting notes for most of them. I am a member of Wine Writers of New Zealand and devout lover of all styles of food, wine, beer and whiskey.

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Neil Hodgson

I consider myself a columnist with a particular specialty in wine and food, I have been writing about wine for The Nelson Mail since 2000 and about food and beverage since 2015. I write for several publications and taste many wines each week, some are sent as samples by wine companies, some are from our cellar, some we buy and others dinner guests bring along to share with us. I will publish tasting notes for most of them. I am a member of Wine Writers of New Zealand and devout lover of all styles of food, wine, beer and whiskey.

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About our Contributors

To ensure the integrity of reviews and comments made by contributors we adhere to:

  • Contributors to the website do not accept payment for reviews, all reviews are unbiased and the
    opinion of the contributor.
  • Contributors are not paid by Top Tastes but some of the reviews may have been published
    previously by the contributor in a publication that paid for the content.
  • Contributors don’t have a commercial interest in any of the producers/restaurants/bars/cafes they
    choose to review.
  • Contributors pay their own way for meals, travel and products unless they declare in the review ‘I was hosted by.…’
  • Samples are often sent to contributors without being sought, these are reviewed in a totally
    independent manner.
  • To keep this site free to all users we do accept advertising, however, any product, producer or
    place being reviewed can not advertise on this site for a period of six months after the publication date of any review that includes them.