Monthly Archives: February 2017

Bubbles and Balls

Posted by [email protected] on February 16, 2017

Bubbles and balls have long gone together… There’s nothing quite like the glitz and glamour of a formal dance party or masquerade to encourage the flow of fizz!

But this month we have another type of ball on our minds… The rugby ball, as we’ve been caught up in the 6 Nations!

We may have our home in New Zealand, but we’re still proud of our family roots in Champagne, France, where members of the Le Brun family still live; and of course Adele was born in England. So whilst our mighty All Blacks aren’t part of the 6 Nations tournament, two of our back up teams are!

If you’re based in the Northern hemisphere and are enjoying Rugby’s Greatest Championship, why not give the beer a miss next time you switch on the big screen? Go for bubbles instead!

Five of No.1 Family Estate’s Methode Traditionelle Wines are available to buy online from Amathus Drinks.

  • No.1 Family Estate Assemblé NV- fresh and inviting with sophisticated and typical characters and intense flavours.
  • No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Blanc de Blancs NV - one of New Zealand's most highly regarded Méthode Traditionelle wines.
  • No.1 Family Estate Reserve (R.D) - Intensely flavoured and focused with a good fruit-yeast balance providing elegance and style.
  • No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Rose NV (Pinot Noir) - Dry, yet fresh and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour.
  • No.1 Family Estate Cuvee Virginie - A vintage Méthode Traditionelle created to honour Virginie Le Brun's 21st birthday.

Find our wines HERE

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 2017

Posted by [email protected] on February 02, 2017

It’s that time of year again the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival takes place on Saturday 11th February, and we’ll be there to help your day sparkle!

We’re as delighted to be involved in this iconic Marlborough event this year, as we were to be asked to the very first one back in the 1980s by Ernie Hunter. We’ve had a lot of fun over our years at the festival, with themed stands from Putting on the Ritz to an occasion where we marked the bicentennial of the French Revolution, guillotine and all! You’ll have to visit us at the event, if you want to know what Remy has planned this year, but we can confirm there will be fun, frivolity and fizz!

The event garners a great sense of occasion and we’ve been thrilled to help our No.1 fans make their own traditions over the Wine Festival weekend. This year will be the twenty fifth anniversary that one group of special ladies, “The Girls on Tour”, have been attending the event, and we always look forward to welcoming them not just to our stand on the day, but also to our cellar door on the Sunday. The Girls on Tour inject some real glamour to the event as they all take on Hollywood names for the weekend… Last year Adele was made an honorary GOT as Lady Penelope! And yes she has the t-shirt to prove it!

If you’re visiting the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival here are our top 5 tips to ensure you have a corking time!

  • Don’t forget the sunscreen – The weather gods have pretty much always been kind to us, so sunscreen, sunshades and hats are an absolute must!
  • Dress to impress – There are some great prizes up for grabs at the Fashion in the Vines competition, so load the Instagram app on your phone and get snapping your sartorial shenanigans. All the details are HERE.
  • Cash is King – There are cash facilities on site, but who wants to queue for money, when you could be drinking bubbles?!
  • Bring your dancing shoes – With a great line up of live music and Supergroove on the mainstage from 4:30 p.m. we know you’ll want to boogie!
  • Make a weekend of it – Be like the Girls on Tour and make the most of your weekend by visiting the cellar door on Sunday. We’d love to see you!