A winter warming afternoon tea

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on June 26, 2015

In our last blog post we shared a 10 tip guide to ensure you bubble with happiness during the winter months… Tip number 4 was to “Stay Social”; tempting as it is to hibernate in winter, a social event with the family and friends you care for, is often a much needed antidote to the winter blues. If you still feel it’s too much effort to leave the warmth of your cosy home in the evening, try a day-time event…. We have the perfect idea!


A winter warming afternoon tea


  • Warm savouries – Think warmed mini cheese scones filled with apple and winter fruit chutney or tiny Welsh Rarebit fingers (find a recipe HERE)
  • Traditional finger sandwiches – Cucumber, smoked salmon, chicken with mayonnaise… All the classics!
  • Cakes and sweet treats… Perhaps a winter fruit cake for a distinctly festive feel, (try this RECIPE)
  • Something chocolatey and delightful… How about Salted Caramel Choc Pots?
  • Your best tea service… This is the time to use that beautiful china, handed down from Great Aunt Ethel, if you don’t have a tea service scour the op shops for cake stands and other pieces, they really don’t have to match!
  • Winter warming teas – Harney & Sons Fine Teas have a wonderful selection
  • Bubbles… Of course! Buy Yours HERE
  • Great company



Combine all the ingredients… Mix well… Enjoy!

A Few Fun Facts

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on March 06, 2015

Here at No.1 Family Estate we’re proud to specialise exclusively in Méthode Traditionelle wines, all are produced from top-quality, hand-harvested grapes grown exclusively for making this style of wine and processed through the state-of-the-art equipment imported from Champagne.

Here are a few facts you might not know about the wine we produce…

  • No.1 Family Estate produced the first non-vintage true Méthode Traditionelle on the market in New Zealand.
  • During the second fermentation each bottle of our Méthode Traditionelle wine contains about 90 pounds per square inch of pressure, that’s the same as a tyre on a London bus.
  • A cork can reach a velocity of about 64 kilometers per hour if popped out of the bottle.That’s why we recommend that once you have removed the tear tab, you take the top of the foil off and loosen the cage. Then hold the cork firmly in your hand and twist the bottle. Twisting the bottle rather than the cork means you exert force on the bottle neck not on the cork which would otherwise be more likely to break. You also have more control on the cork popping to prevent the explosive release of gas.