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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

Lighthouse Brewery

I first met Dick Tout from Lighthouse Brewery in the late 1970s when he owned RE Tout & Son, a service station on Collingwood St where the 132 Medical Centre is now. During the time he owned the service station he also bought a couple of properties that had been part of the original block […]

Winter Dining Deals in Nelson - Nelson Mail 26.05.15

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Winter is a tough time for any hospitality business but in a…

Lighthouse Brewery

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I first met Dick Tout from Lighthouse Brewery in the late 1970s…

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The Honest Sausage

One of the things I love about writing this column is the surprising…

Motueka Creamery

Last week I wrote about the superb artisan producers of gelato…

Gelato Roma

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I first wrote about Gelato Roma back in March 2016 and a lot…

Low and Slow BBQ Cooking

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

Visitor’s Guide to Food & Beverage in Nelson

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Welcome to 2020, I sincerely hope the holiday season has treated…

Joelle Thomson’s Top 12 sparkling wines of 2019

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Joelle Thomson says "It’s the time of year when my job really…

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