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Don’t save the bubbles for best!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on September 11, 2018

At No.1 Family Estate we think that all too often sparkling wine is reserved for special occasions.

We prefer to live life as Madame Lily Bollinger did, she is famous for saying, “I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty.”

Here are three reasons, why we believe that bubbles should be enjoyed more frequently:

  • There’s always something to celebrate – Yes, life is full of milestone events… Significant birthdays, engagements, weddings, new family members. But there is so much more to celebrate in life than occasions. How about celebrating a mid-week catch up with your girlfriends? A change in season is certainly worth raising a glass for. We’d even endorse celebrating the fact that you’ve managed to find five minutes peace and put your feet up at the weekend. Celebrating the simple pleasures in life is just as important as celebrating the big moments!
  • A glass of bubbles makes everything feel special – A mid-week supper of fish and chips becomes a gourmet feast with a glass of something sparkling. And who doesn’t want to feel special more often? We can thoroughly recommend the life-enhancing properties of a glass of No.1 Cuvée!
  • Life is short – Buy the shoes, wear the fancy frock, eat the cake and drink the sparkling wine! Not necessarily in that order. There’s an old Chinese proverb that says “Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.” We couldn’t agree more, bottoms up!

 

Buy your bubbles here!

Who's the BBQ Boss?

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on August 14, 2018

Father’s Day is just around the corner, (Sunday 1st September), and we have a special competition running to mark the occasion.

We're giving you the chance to win this fabulous Father's Day gift for the person you think is the Best Dad in the world!

The BBQ Boss Kit includes:

  • A No.1 Family Estate branded apron
  • A fine set of BBQ tools
  • A $50 New World Gift Voucher

All presented in a beautiful wooden gift box

To be in the draw you simply need to fill out a short form. Don't forget to share with your friends, because for every friend that enters from your unique referral code, you'll receive a bonus entry.

ENTER HERE

For a real celebration lunch add some fizz to your Father's Day BBQ.

If Dad has been fishing, choose the classic No.1 Cuvée to pair with fresh fish and seafood. But if duck or lamb is your preference, enjoy the seamless balance of subtle cherry and almond with No 1 Rosé.

Sometimes it's difficult to choose between the two! That's why we created Two for One, a bottle of No. 1 Cuvée and a bottle of No. 1 Rosé in an elegant presentation box. A perfect Father's Day Gift!

Buy Your Wine Here.

 

 

Who said romance is dead? We disagree!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on August 13, 2018

At No.1 Family Estate we’re rather keen on a little romance… Give us hearts, flowers and a love story and there’s only one thing we’d add… Bubbles!

There has long been an association between sparkling wine and love and romance. So, as you can imagine we’re rather delighted that August is Romance Awareness Month!

To mark this auspicious month, we thought we would share three ways to relight your fire with fizz!

  • A night out – Date night is the perfect way to rekindle romance! Go old school with a movie and meal out… Check out this list to discover all the wonderful restaurants around New Zealand where you can treat your love with a glass (or two) of No.1 Family Estate bubbles. It goes without saying that all these marvellous eating establishments have been tried and tested by the team at No.1 and come highly recommended!
  • A night in – Same premise, different backdrop. Nothing says I love you more than preparing a romantic feast of favourite foods for your lover. Keep it simple… The best date night suppers are. You don’t want to be elbow deep in washing up bubbles when you could be sipping No.1 bubbles instead!
  • A surprise gift – Flowers are fancy, but certainly won’t last as long as your love. Chocolates are charming but choose carefully to be sure you select only favourites. Bubbles, however, are a brilliant choice! Something you can share together and create sparkling memories!

 

Buy yours HERE!

 

Your Cellar Door Questions Answered

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on August 02, 2018

Every year we enjoy welcoming hundreds of visitors to our cellar door. We love being able to share our wines with you, and we also enjoy being able to answer your questions.

Because we know that not all of our No.1 fans are able to visit the cellar door, we thought we'd share some of the questions we get asked most frequently, and, more importantly, the answers!

Your Cellar Door Questions Answered

In what environment should I store wine?
Most wines should be stored on their sides to keep the corks moist, thus fully swollen and airtight. This is because, in time, the cork in a bottle stored upright will end up shrunken and dried-out, exposing the wine to air. However, when it comes to sparkling wine, the humidity between the base of the cork and the wine provides more than sufficient humidity to keep the cork moist and swollen. It's, therefore, unnecessary to store the wine on its side. All wines are affected by light, with sparkling wine being particularly prone. So, your wine should be stored in the dark, preferably in any wrapping or even inside a box. The temperature should also remain constant.
 
At what temperature should I store wine?
While 11°C is supposed to be the perfect storage temperature, anything between 5°C and 18°C will suffice for most styles of wine, provided there is not great temperature variation over a relatively short period of time. However, sparkling wines are somewhat more sensitive to temperature than other wines. While it will be no problem keeping sparkling wine, for a year or two at a constant temperature between 12°C and 18°C, long-term storage does require a cooler environment, ideally between 9°C and 11°C.
 
How long can I keep a wine?
Generally speaking, a vintage wine will last longer than a non-vintage wine. A general rule is that a vintage wine will keep for anywhere from 5 to 10 years, whereas a non-vintage wine will keep for 3 to 4 years. There are also countless factors that affect the longevity of a wine, including the producer, the quality, the grape composition, but most importantly the temperature and the environment in which it is kept.
Our No.1 Cuvée and No.1 Rosé will continue to bottle age for another 8 to 10 years from date of purchase, however, No.1 Assemblé will age a lot faster due to the Pinot Meunier. The vintage wines will continue to age beautifully up to 18 to 20 years past their vintage dates. These estimates are based on correct storage conditions.
 
At what temperature should I serve my bubbles?
Anything between 4.5°C and 7°C is ideal for a slow release of the mousse.
 
What does Brut mean?
Brut is a term to indicate the sweetness level of a sparkling wine. Brut Nature  (0-2g/L sugar), Extra Brut (0-6g/L sugar), Brut (<12g/L sugar), Extra-Sec (12-17g/L sugar), Sec (17-32g/L sugar), Demi-Sec (33-50g/L sugar) and Doux (50  
What does Vintage and Non-Vintage mean?
Vintage is made from the harvest of a single year. Whereas non-vintage is a term used to refer to wines blended from multiple harvest years.
 
What does Cuvée mean?
Cuvée refers to the finest portion of the pressing, being the most acidic and highest quality juice. It is generally the first 2,050 litres from a 4,000 kilogram press.
 
Does a spoon in the bottle keep sparkling wine effervescent?
Many people have cited anecdotal evidence that a teaspoon, handle down, into the bottle’s mouth helps keep sparkling wines effervescent in the fridge for a day or more after opening. There’s just one problem. Belief in the spoon tactic, which is of uncertain origin but seems especially prevalent in Europe, appears to be misplaced. Much better to invest in a bottle stopper, or don't leave any wine in it... Enjoy with friends, instead!

 

Gold Medals and Stellar Reviews!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on July 26, 2018

At No.1 Family Estate you'll know we make only one type of wine but we make it exceedingly well... There's a reason Daniel is known as New Zealand's Grand Poobah of bubbles!

We're delighted to let you know that we've recently been awarded two new Gold Medals!

  • GOLD for No.1 Rose at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • GOLD for Cuveé Virginie at the Sommelier Wine Awards

 

Latest Reviews

Elin McCoy (award-winning journalist and author who writes for Bloomberg News) for Decanter
 

Just before the annual Central Otago Pinot Noir festival in January, I was dutifully working my way through an Air New Zealand tasting in a boring hotel conference room in Queenstown, when I was bowled over by a sparkling wine I’d never heard of before. The non-vintage No1 Family Estate, Reserve from Marlborough had the fresh, complex, salty, biscuity-rich finesse you find only in Champagne – and very good Champagne at that. The experience reminded me how much pleasure I get from an unexpected wine discovery, and how many surprises New Zealand always seems to deliver. […]
 
I caught up with the maker of the No1 Reserve, Daniel Le Brun, at a sparkling wine brunch in Marlborough later in my trip. A native of Champagne (where his family had made Champagne for generations), Le Brun arrived in Blenheim in 1978, well before the region surprised the world with its new-style Sauvignon Blanc.

Within two hours, so he says, he was convinced he could make sparkling wine there. He’d trained with his father and grandfather in Champagne, and, he chuckles, ‘I was the renegade, the first to leave since 1642’.

New Zealand’s pioneer of making solely ‘traditional method’ cuvées learned to adapt to the country’s climate while keeping Champagne yeasts and ‘other technique secrets’. His first winery, which still bears his name, was sold in a complicated takeover in 1996; his first cuvée under the No1 Family Estate label debuted three years later.

An impromptu sampling – ranging from the quality, elegance and layered chalky crispness of the basic No1 cuvée, to a fragrant rosé, to the 2009 special cuvées Virginie (named for his daughter) and Adele (his wife) – showed the region’s potential for great sparkling wine. […]”
 
Go to full article: here

Alyssa Vitrano for Grape Friend

“[…] Although New Zealand is mostly known for still wines, the few wineries producing sparkling wine are worth noting. 8 wineries have even started Méthode Marlborough to promote their traditional-method wines. We had a brunch where they paired them to a plate of savory bites and then a plate of sweet ones, and they were all pretty good.
 
Two sparkling wineries in the country stood out to me the most, though. In Marlborough, I tasted through the whole lineup at No.1 Family Estate, the only winery in NZ totally dedicated to sparkling wine, with founder and winemaker Daniel Le Brun and his daughter Virginie. Daniel came to New Zealand in 1978 from Champagne, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about these wines – ie, they’re fantastic!
 
Aside from the fact that you can’t grow Pinot Meunier very well in NZ (that’s one of the three traditional Champagne grapes), everything else about Daniel’s wines are about as close to Champagne as you can get. I loved the rosé which was light, very dry, and full of elegant strawberry. My other favorite was the gorgeous 2009 Virginie, a vintage sparkling he made when Virginie turned 21, which was full of honey and fleshy baked apple with a rich mouthfeel. But the whole lineup was elegant and had incredibly fine bubbles. Expecting them to come in at Champagne prices, I was shocked when they said most of them were under $35 (though the vintage Virginie and Adele are more).
 
Only problem is that they don’t make much and therefore don’t export a ton to the US, which is too bad since restaurants would crush it if they had any of these by the glass. […]”
 
Go to full article: here

Is it time to sample some award-winning wine yourself? Shop online HERE.

 

No1 Wine... Home & Away!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on June 20, 2018

At No.1 Family Estate we get lots of visitors to the cellar door, from both New Zealand and overseas. Almost everybody who visits us is keen to enjoy a glass of No.1 Family Estate wine, in the comfort of their own home!

Here are four of the most commonly asked questions we get asked by those visitors.

Is it safe to pack a bottle in my suitcase?
If you are wondering if the bottles will break on your flight, fear not. Although the plane's interior goes through small changes in atmospheric pressure, the cargo compartments are pressurized and heated. If they weren't, then all sorts of containers might explode and/or freeze. Nevertheless, to help ensure your wine gets home safely, we recommend that you place your bottle in a sealable plastic bag (try a WineSkin from our shop). After this, wrap the bottle to give it extra cushioning for the trip. Towels, sweaters, pants and shirts are good options. These will help protect the bottle from bumps and bruises during transportation. Finally, try to position the bottle snugly in the centre of your suitcase and surround it with more clothes.


Can I buy your wine outside N.Z.?
Certainly, you can. Here are the contact details of our distributors:


Where can I buy your wine in N.Z.?
Download this PDF  to discover a list of all the stores and restaurants where you can find our wines in New Zealand. 


Can I buy your wine at the cellar door and have it delivered to my home address within N.Z. or overseas?
Yes. Within New Zealand we will send the wine for a freight charge of $8. For overseas deliveries, check out NZ Wine Exports.

June means Winetopia!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on June 06, 2018

June is here and that means it’s time to visit Winetopia in both Auckland (22nd – 23rd June) and Wellington (29th – 30th June.

Winetopia is your opportunity to try hundreds of lovingly crafted wines, be inspired by famous faces and learn from wine gurus. You’ll discover delicious food pairings washed down with sultry live entertainment.

Of course, your Winetopia experience wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the No.1 Family Estate stand for a glass of bubbles, so we’ll look forward to seeing you there! As ever, we're making it a family affair... Remy will be in Auckland, and you'll find Virginie in Wellington. You'll have the opportunity to taste the classic No. 1 Cuvée, as well as No 1 Rosé, No. 1 Assemblé and the limited edition No. 1 Reserve.

Winetopia is the biggest public wine tasting event in New Zealand and a great wine day out.

No 1 Rosé – A wine for all seasons…

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on May 29, 2018

We’re excited to let you know that with a new release, No 1 Rosé is back!

100% Pinot Noir, delicate salmon-pink with a mass of tiny bubbles, this wine offers a seamless balance of subtle cherry and almond hints combined with a fresh acidity. Dry, yet fresh and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour.

While, this wine celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough, we believe it truly is a wine for all seasons to be enjoyed whatever the weather!

Contrary, to popular belief, your No.1 Rosé should never be considered simply as an aperitif. It’s quite at home as the star of the show! As a food-pairing champion it’s delicious with duck and lamb, and in the depths of a southern hemisphere winter what could be more comforting than roast lamb for Sunday lunch… Time to break out the bubbles!

If you’re in the northern hemisphere and enjoying a splash of summer, we’ve discovered the perfect recipe for you, a deconstructed cassoulet in a summer salad, with crispy duck legs and mesclun salad! Perfect for al fresco dining. Find the recipe HERE.

In the UK? Order your wines from Amathus, or if you’re in New Zealand buy online.

Three reasons to raise a glass in London this month

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on May 01, 2018

At No.1 Family Estate we believe there’s always an occasion to raise a glass of bubbles. In fact, we generally concur with Madam Lily Bollinger, who said, 

“I only drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise, I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.”

But, for those of you in or around London who are looking for an occasion to toast something special here are three reasons to raise a glass this month.

1.     Happy Holidays – With, not one, but two public holidays in May we’re all hoping for some sunshine. If the weather gods don’t shine, make sure your extra day off sparkles nevertheless! Buy your wine from Amathus.

2.     Royal Nuptials – On May 19th Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Of course, you don’t need to be in or around London to toast this, but if you are in the vicinity of Windsor Castle, the Carriage Procession should begin around 1:00 pm. Enjoy a long lunch afterward, with bubbles of course!

3.     Let’s Get Fizzical - Join us at Let's Get Fizzical; a Three Wine Men event. Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith have searched the globe for their favourite Champagnes and sparkling wines and No.1 Family Estate is among them! Tickets are very limited for this special tasting and sold out last year so if you love bubbles buy your tickets here

How to treat the Best Mum in the World!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on April 25, 2018

Here at No. 1 Family Estate, as our name suggests, we believe family is tremendously important! And the day is fast approaching where it’s customary to celebrate a very special family member… May 13th is Mother’s Day!

If one was to compile a job description for the post of Mum, it would be never-ending, and the skills required to do that job would be numerous. But of course, it’s not always a Mum who does the job of a mum… So, we want to give you the chance to treat the person you think is the Best Mum in the world, whoever that may be!

We're giving away... Seven $100 Vouchers for seven fabulous restaurants around New Zealand. All you have to do to enter is fill out the entry form HERE.

Here are four other ways to celebrate the person you call Mum on Mother’s Day!

  • Breakfast in Bed – Make it a sparkling start to a celebratory day, by including a glass of bubbles.
  • A Special Saunter – Take your Mum on her favourite Sunday jaunt. If you’re out and about in Blenheim call into our cellar door on Rapaura Road and we’ll make sure you get to raise a glass to celebrate.
  • Lovely Lunch –  Whether you make Sunday lunch at home, or head out to a favourite restaurant, it wouldn’t be complete without a bottle of bubbly.
  • Happy High Tea – Enjoy a deliciously decadent afternoon tea. Choose sweet and savoury treats that are sure to delight, but don’t forget the fizz!

 

However, you choose to spoil Mum we wish you all a marvellous day and remember, we can deliver a special gift to your special mum! Buy yours HERE.