Monthly Archives: February 2016

A restaurant recommendation: Blenheim

Posted by [email protected] on February 09, 2016

Here at No.1 Family Estate we’re thrilled that No. 1 Reserve and No.1 Assemblé are included on the wine list at Blenheim’s newest restaurant, Made in Aotearoa, or MIA.

 This unique restaurant offers a cellar door experience in central Blenheim. So if you’re visiting on a quick business trip and don’t have time to venture to our cellar door (although we hope you do!), this restaurant is for you!

 Located in one of Marlborough’s oldest buildings at 14 Scott Street, the restaurant has a casual bar area for pre-dinner drinks, local brews and hand crafted cocktails along with a wine cellar. Owner and manager Jetti is passionate about hospitality and service, so you’ll find the service is professional and friendly, creating a relaxed and sophisticated dining experience.

 The menu at MIA features freshly sourced local food with a European twist. The menu constantly evolves reflecting seasonality, innovation and a creative approach to modern New Zealand cuisine. Tempura battered Coroislles Oysters pair perfectly with No.1 Assemblé.

We can’t recommend this new restaurant highly enough!

Visit the website HERE, or give them a thumbs up on FACEBOOK!

Méthode Marlborough Sparkling Master Class at Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Posted by [email protected] on February 01, 2016

With less than two weeks to go until The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, New Zealand’s original and longest running wine festival, (Saturday 13th February), we’re thrilled to be part of the Méthode Marlborough Sparkling Master Class.

We are proud to be part of Méthode Marlborough, a society of ten highly regarded Marlborough producers; established in 2013 with the aim of communicating the quality and heritage of Marlborough traditional method sparkling wines.

All “Méthode Marlborough” wines are made in the traditional method which means the second fermentation is in the bottle, followed by the intricate riddling and disgorging process. This produces the finest and most persistent bead. Additionally, all these wines are aged for a minimum of 18 months before disgorging takes place. This allows complex flavours to develop, balancing fresh and fruit driven character with savoury notes of toast and brioche.

Méthode Marlborough is dedicated to promoting wines made only from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. This trio of varieties is internationally recognised as a benchmark style by sparkling wine producers all around the world.

What better way to kick-start your Festival than with a glass of celebratory bubbles? In this 60 minute Master Class (running fro 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.) you will have the rare opportunity to not only hear first-hand from some of the producers themselves but also taste wines from all 10 in the group. This is an opportunity not to be missed!