Monthly Archives: December 2018

Festive feasts and bountiful bubbles!

Posted by [email protected] on December 10, 2018

Christmas is just around the corner, so it's time to think about festive feasts and bountiful bubbles!

Glasses of No. 1 Family Estate sparkling wines are raised to toast the festive season, all around the world. But, of course, the way we enjoy our bubbles in the southern hemisphere where we are enjoying warm summer weather, will differ to the traditions of our friends in cooler climates. But that's not to say you can't go bubbles all the way, wherever you are in the world!

A No.1 Family Estate 'Family' Christmas

In true French tradition, our family appreciates a gastronomic extravaganza on the 24th December, rather than the 25th December, when we visit the legendary gourmet restaurant, belonging to our good friends and neighbours Hans & Therese Herzog.

After the formal feast of many courses on Christmas Eve, our Christmas Day dining is a more casual affair. We begin the day on the deck overlooking the vineyard and mountains. We open the best vintage bubbles with croissants, strawberries clotted cream and pain au chocolat.

This Friwi (French x Kiwi) tradition begins around 10:00 a.m. with No.1 Cuvée. The bubbles last throughout the day. Later we pair scampi and crayfish with No.1 Assemblé. Afterwards, we'll tuck into turducken with No.1 Rosé, followed by a stupendous cheese board. When we can make room we'll enjoy dessert, a lemon and elderflower posset (citrus flavours pair well with our bubbles) and a good old English trifle.

For our friends in cooler climates

If you're celebrating in the northern hemisphere serve No.1 Cuvée as an aperitif with canapes. This readies the stomach for the coming onslaught of Christmas fare. Then serve No.1 Rosé with your traditional turkey and trimmings. Our vintage wines like Cuvée Virginie or Cuvée Adele are perfect with cheese and dessert. If you're in the U.K. you can buy online through Amathus.

Make it a Magnum

If you're feeding a crowd, serve wine that suits! Nothing sets a festive atmosphere like a giant bottle being opened and poured!

  • Investing in a Magnum ensures that when your guests, friends and family drink their first glass from the same bottle, your celebration becomes a truly shared experience.
  • It is often easier serving wines at a dinner party or function from a Magnum.
  • You can expect to get around 12 glasses of wine from a Magnum.
  • Don’t forget that a Magnum makes a fabulous gift for somebody special.


However, you celebrate the festive season, we wish you a truly sparkling Christmas and a New Year that overflows with happiness!

Christmas Tinsel & Christmas Tastings!

Posted by [email protected] on December 05, 2018

We can hardly believe it's that time of year again! If you haven't done so already, it will soon be time to start unpacking the Christmas decorations for another round of festive frivolity. And that can mean only one thing... It's also time for some Christmas tastings!

Here is a list of where you'll find No.1 Family Estate 'out & about' this December... Come and raise a glass with us!

Join Virginie at one of the Glengarry tastings in Auckland.

  • Friday, December the 7th, 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. With Dylan and the team the Takapuna Store, 182 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland.
  • Thursday, December the 13th, 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. With Steen and his team at the Grey Lynn store, 16 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
  • Friday, December the 14th, 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. With Barry and the team at the Ellerslie store, 87 Main Hwy, Ellerslie, Auckland.
  • Friday, December the 21st, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. With the wonderful bunch in Parnell that is Hannah and her team. We'll also be celebrating Hannah's birthday and her last day at Glengarry’s after 7 years! 164 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland.
  • Saturday, December the 22nd, 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. With Taylor and his team in Newmarket, 409 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Auckland.


Join Delphine in Blenheim.

  • This Saturday, December the 8th, 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at New World in Blenheim.


Join Sam in Blenheim.

  • Wednesday, December the 12th, 18:15 p.m. until 21:30 p.m. It's the Methode Marlborough Tasting: Bubbles and Banter event at Wino's. Find out more on the Wino's Facebook Page.


There may be a few more events to come, so do stay up to date on our Facebook page and Instagram feed for more details.

Tastings are a wonderful way to get your Christmas shopping started (or completed)! You can try before you buy and we always have a selection of beautiful No.1 gift boxes so your gift will look as sumptuous as it sips!

Talking of gift boxes, in case you missed it, we have released a new limited edition vintage Cuvée Adele. It has a stunning new box that lights up when opened, illuminating the beautiful Swarovski crystals that adorn the spectacular bottle.

Yvonne Lorkin calls it 'Mindbendingly Delicious' and because it was crafted by Daniel as a proud tribute to Adele, she also coins it 'A love story in a bottle'. Watch Yvonne's Insta video showcasing the beautiful box here.

It really is the perfect gift for someone special, and because it is extremely limited, available only through our website. Buy yours here.