Monthly Archives: January 2016

Valentines Day - Celebrate in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Blenheim or Nelson

Posted by [email protected] on January 25, 2016

It’s that time of year again… Just under three weeks until that most romantic of day arrives, so we wanted to remind you how easy it is to let us play Cupid. Spoil your No.1 love with bubbles this year.

We have beautiful “Two of One” gift boxes, choose from

Two bottles of Cuvée No. 1 or
One bottle of Cuvée No. 1 plus one bottle of No 1 Rosé

If you want to give a truly wonderful gift that celebrates the longevity of your love for your Valentine, then look no further than a bottle of No.1 Assemblé.

A non-vintage brut, Assemblé has spent a minimum of 18 months on lees, encouraging full yeast autolysis, making it an easy-drinking, aperitif style. It is fresh and inviting with sophisticated and typical characters, intense flavours, and a long finish.






We’re so thrilled to play Cupid we’re even running a Facebook promotion at the moment. It’s easy to enter! Simply LIKE US then enter the draw on our Facebook Page and you could win a $150 Voucher from your choice of thirteen fabulous restaurants.

The French Café – Auckland
Annabelles Restaurant – Auckland
Ortega Fish Shack & Bar – Wellington
Dockside Restaurant & Bar – Wellington
MIA Dining & Wine Cellar – Blenheim
Raupo Riverside Cafe – Blenheim
The Boat Shed Cafe – Nelson or Mapua
Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery – Nelson
Saggio Di Vino – Christchurch

3 Reasons Bubbles & Summer go together perfectly

Posted by [email protected] on January 14, 2016

Summertime brings with it a renewed energy and eager playfulness. It give us the perfect reason to slow down, take a break, and refocus our energy on the things that matter most in life – adventure, rest, relaxation, and of course refreshing summer bubbles. Whether you’re poolside, beachside, or mountainside, a glass of bubbles (or two) is sure to help you restore your inner zen.

We often gauge the turning of the seasons by which drinks we desire, and a yearning for bubbles is as accurate as any calendar for telling us it’s summer. It’s the time for festive celebrations, and casual impromptu gatherings with friends and family, wherever the mood takes you. Day or night, at home or a welcome invitation, bubbles is simply perfect anywhere and anytime.

Here are 3 reasons why you should always have a bottle of bubbles at hand!

Popping a cork to toast an occasion with an elegant fizzing glass of bubbles is a traditional way to celebrate all around the world, (although you know our mantra… Don’t save it for the celebrations). Nothing captures joy and exuberance more aptly. Hot summer days and balmy evenings are reason enough to celebrate the abundance of a perfect Kiwi summer.
Fresh, crisp and elegant, this versatile great classic tickles the tongue like stars exploding on the tastebuds. Perfect for an aperitif or throughout the evening, it can be savoured on its own or with delicious summer food pairings. Every sip provides an effervescent bouquet of freshly-picked berry fruits.
Why not surprise your host with bubbles instead of wine, and spoil them with its depth and sophistication. With its light body and tiny ethereal bubbles, it provides a little instant luxury, making it just perfect for sharing.

There is so much fabulous summertime joy that can be enhanced by bubbles, they truly are ready for any kind of party.

Happy New Year from No.1 Family Estate!

Posted by [email protected] on January 04, 2016


A Happy New Year to all of you!

If there’s one celebration that’s sure to get the corks popping it’s the start of a brand new year, we hope you celebrated well and enjoyed your evening, wherever you were.

It’s a traditional time of year to make resolutions, so we thought we’d share a few that we think could make 2016 a truly sparkling affair…

Try something new – You could go sky-diving or book a bungy jump, but if you’re not the adventurous type we have just the thing! Our newest release, 70 Caliber, this wine celebrates our founder and winemaker Daniel Le Brun on the occasion of his 70th birthday (late 2015) and 35th year pioneering Methode Traditionelle in Marlborough.
Be more romantic – Get a head start on Cupid, don’t wait for Valentine’s Day to show your significant other how much you care. A touch of romance can give your health and well-being a delicious boost… A loving relationship can bolster your immune system, a simple hug can keep you and your loved one stress free! A bottle of bubbly is the perfect way to say “I love you” at anytime of year, and it doesn’t  get anymore romantic than No 1 Rosé.
Think beyond the canapé – Bubbles are often served as an apéritif but we always think it’s such a shame when they’re reserved solely to tickle the taste buds and stimulate the appetite prior to a fine celebratory lunch or dinner. Our wines, happily hold their own as part of the main attraction or dessert. We often share recipes  that will give you super new ideas for serving bubbles, sign up to our newsletter so you don’t miss out.
Celebrate more – Enough said. Life is full of celebration, but we don’t always recognise them; that said…
Don’t save the bubbles for celebrations – Heed the wise words of Madam Lily Bollinger…..

“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.”