Monthly Archives: December 2017

3 reasons to give bubbles this Christmas.

Posted by [email protected] on December 12, 2017

Christmas is a time for giving. It’s also a time when everybody likes to indulge in a little luxury and enjoy the finer things in life; that’s why a bottle of bubbles makes a perfect gift for friends, family, clients or colleagues.

Here are three reasons why you should choose No.1 Family Estate wine as a gift this Christmas season.

  • When you gift bubbles, you’re gifting a memory – Everybody remembers occasions more than gifts. The recipient of your bottle of bubbles will always remember the time and place they opened it, they will likely be with friends or family, so your well-chosen gift will add to the creation of a perfect memory.
  • A bottle of No.1 Family Estate wine is a gift that says ‘you deserve the best’ – When you gift a bottle of No.1 Family Estate Methode Traditionelle wine, you are gifting hand-crafted, award-winning, luxury. At No.1 Family Estate our wine is made only from grapes grown in our own vineyard in the stunning Wairau Valley in Marlborough. At the optimal time, usually in March, the grapes are hand harvested, with the tender loving care that they have become accustomed to on the vine. The art of blending is the true craft of a master champagne maker and when Daniel's skill and the science of winemaking come together a little bit of magic is created.  The combination of specialist old-world techniques, combined with new-world growing conditions is just a small part of what makes No.1 Family Estate wines so special.
  • A bottle of No.1 Family Estate wine is a gift that will make every person sparkle – Within our range of wines there is a gift for everybody. Our classic No. 1 Cuvée, one of New Zealand's most highly regarded Méthode Traditionelle wines, is sure to delight. No. 1 Assemblé is fresh and inviting with sophisticated and typical characters and intense flavours. And the recent recipient of an Air New Zealand Wine Awards Gold Medal, No.1 Reserve, is as individual as the person you are gifting it to, each bottle is individually hand numbered and hand labelled.


Shop our wine HERE, or order your wines from Amathus in the U.K.

Have yourself a sparkling little Christmas!

Posted by [email protected] on December 05, 2017

Christmas is a perfect time to celebrate the joy of being with family and friends; and nothing marks an occasion like a glass of bubbles… That said, those of you who know us, will also be aware that at No.1 Family Estate we don’t think that bubbles should be reserved solely for special occasions. Neither, do we believe that your glass of sparkling wine should be reserved simply as an aperitif, indeed all of our wines are food pairing champions… So, with that in mind, we thought we’d share three ways to enjoy No.1 Family Estate wines throughout your Christmas Day celebrations.

A bubbly brunch - Whilst we love a long lunch, we’re also up for any excuse to get the family gathering started early, so why not plan a delicious brunch with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, bagels and don’t forget the bubbles! We suggest No.1 Assemblé.

A light lunch – A delicious seafood platter is always a crowd pleaser. For smaller gatherings, oysters and No.1 Cuvée are a match made in heaven! We recommend that you serve them “Au Naturel”, the flavour of the oyster is so delicate that they are best served chilled with a squeeze of lemon, a grind of black pepper and a little brown bread.

A decadent dinner – If you’re cooking a traditional Christmas dinner of roast turkey and trimmings, then look no further than the intensely flavoured No.1 Reserve. The subtle smokiness of freshly sliced roast turkey will pair beautifully with the wine’s complex biscuity notes.

However, you choose to enjoy your Christmas Day bubbles, we wish you all the joy of the season and a bon appétit! Buy your wine HERE. Or order your wines from Amathus in the U.K.