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Featured Restaurant - Arbour Blenheim

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on February 04, 2019

We're so thrilled to have wonderful associations with restaurants all around New Zealand, and even overseas. But there's always something rather special about having a fabulous award-winning restaurant right on our very doorstep. Arbour in Blenheim is exactly that and in this week's post, we caught up with Arbour's co-owner, Liz Buttimore, to find out exactly what makes Arbour such a highly regarded, stand out restaurant.

Arbour - Greenshell mussels, yuzu butter, baby gems and beach herbs

Why is Blenheim, Marlborough the perfect location for Arbour?

I feel like we have found our ‘people’. A set menu restaurant on a country road in a sparsely populated region without a nearby city shouldn’t exist. But it does and in fact, it has become an integral part of the region’s food and wine scene. We love the wineries that surround us and nurture us. They encourage us to continue pushing and improving through both their drive to be better each year and through their sales journeys. They eat in the best restaurants in the world and we don’t want them to come home and feel ‘stuck’ eating with us. We change parts of our menu several times a week to ensure that we can use all the local produce coming through each season and we spend a lot of time with our suppliers coming up with different consumer products and ideas. By buying local we are not compromised for quality in any way. We are working with what we believe to be some of the best products available. We don’t feel like we are ‘helping’ local suppliers by using them, we feel that their product gives us a true taste of our area, a strong identity and creates a strong Marlborough story for our diners.

Can you tell me a little bit about the dining style at the restaurant?

Bradley and I are both from formal, structured dining environments. However, Arbour’s unique style came from an experience of dining in our ‘dream’ restaurant years ago. We saved up for a long time, donned a suit and cocktail dress and feeling like ducks out of water (or chefs out of their Birkenstocks) proceeded to have the worst dining experience. So bad we don’t really remember the food, which was incredibly good. From the moment we entered the doors to the moment we left we were made to feel like we were not welcome or good enough. Quite ironic when you are spending $800 for two and you know the wage the waiters are on. We don’t want to make anyone feel down about themselves or be the catalyst for an argument on the drive home. We want our customer's taste buds to be happy, relaxed or excited so that they remember our food, our names and think about us fondly in the future. I would describe our style as contemporary New Zealand food using local Marlborough produce with service that makes you feel as warm as a hug from Nana.

What sort of foods can guests expect to enjoy? And how do these change seasonally?

We use mostly local produce so our food changes often to make the most of what is coming through. We use Premium Game for different wild meats depending on the season, Cranky Goat Cheese (both their winter and summer milk cheeses), Windsong plums and blueberries in the peak of summer, Flaxbourne lamb for six months spring to Autumn, Uncle Joes nuts all year round and their green walnuts in December, Marlborough Garlic Company's shallots, garlic and black garlic, Caythorpe cherries in December, Mr Burn’s and Old Road Estate Figs from February to April and Cloudy Bay Clams for nine months of the year. We use many different local olive oils, nut oils and even flour and salt, forage and keep notes on when our wild produce is in season such as the pink peppercorns, fennel pollen, wild cherry plums, apricots, different leaves, nuts and coastal and pasture herbs.

What makes Arbour unique in its style and service?

People know that we care. We care about our product and how we showcase it and we genuinely care about every guests dining experience. We want them to have a lovely evening and to go away thinking fond thoughts about us. We know many have to save for a special dinner and it really is humbling when they decide to spend those savings here.

No.1 Assemble features on your wine list, can you share a few suggestions from your menu or the produce you serve that it would pair with beautifully?

We love to serve No.1 Assemble with our chicken and black garlic parfait, blueberries, lemon gel and sourdough crisps or with steamed Cloudy Bay clams, miso butter, sea spinach and kawa kawa.  

Valentine's Day Inspiration

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on January 21, 2019

It’s that time of year again… Just over three weeks until that most romantic of day arrives, so we wanted to remind you how easy it is to let us play Cupid. Spoil your No.1 love with bubbles this year.

How to celebrate a classic love story - If your romance ticks all the boxes of a classic love story we recommend No. 1 Cuvée. No.1 Cuvée was the first wine produced by No.1 Family Estate. It is renowned throughout New Zealand and is winner of multiple International Trophies, Gold Medals and Five Star Awards since its release.

How to celebrate your holiday romance - If you're trying to rekindle those lazy, hazy days of youthful summers then raise a glass of No 1 Rosé. This wine celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough, delicate salmon-pink with a mass of tiny bubbles, the wine offers a seamless balance of subtle cherry and almond hints combined with a fresh acidity. Dry, yet fresh and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour. It was also the recent winner of the Sea Breeze Trophy at the World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2018 - "When you taste this wine you will imagine yourself standing on a beach and tasting those tiny sea drops in the air."

How to celebrate your new relationship - If you’re in the throes of a new romance, why not gift a bottle of No. 1 Assemblé? Just like your love it’s fresh and inviting with sophisticated characters and intense flavours.

For the person who lights up your life - Gift 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.

Order your wine HERE

We’re so thrilled to play Cupid we’re even running a Facebook promotion at the moment. It’s easy to enter! Simply LIKE US then enter the draw on our Facebook Page and you could win a $100 Voucher from your choice of six fabulous restaurants.

  • Blue Breeze - Auckland
  • Ortega - Wellington
  • Highfield - Blenheim
  • Harrys - Nelson
  • Bracken Restaurant - Dunedin
  • Kamana Restaurant - Queenstown


Happy New Year - We're getting 'Out & About'

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on January 08, 2019

Happy New Year to you from us! We hope you have enjoyed a fabulous festive season, with plenty of bubbles!

We're starting 2019 by getting 'out & about'... Here are a couple of upcoming events where you can find us.

Chardonnay & Sparkling Symposium 2019

At the end of January, we'll be heading to the 2019 Chardonnay and Sparking Symposium in glorious Gisborne. This trade event plays host to many international attendees, who will participate in a full day Sparkling and Chardonnay Masterclass, showcasing the best examples of both varieties.

Find out more about the event HERE.

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 2019

New Zealand’s best and longest-running wine and food festival, The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is just a month away! The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is as much part of a Marlborough summer, as ripening vines, dry sunny days, evening strolls and dining outside with close friends and family.

We’re proud of our longstanding history with this iconic Marlborough event, in fact, we were involved in the very first Marlborough Wine & Food Festival in the 1980s.

Since then we have continued to put the fizz into the festival, with regular attendance and themed stands from Putting on the Ritz to a stand that marked the bicentennial of the French Revolution, guillotine and all! The theme for this year's stand is still under wraps, but we hope you'll join us on 9th February at this iconic event to discover what we've put together for 2019!

Find out more about the event HERE.



Festive feasts and bountiful bubbles!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate 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 No 1 Family Estate 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.


3 perfectly dazzling reasons to visit London this November

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on November 14, 2018

As our friends in the Northern hemisphere countdown to the festive season, their days get shorter and a little cooler.

While we wouldn't trade our warm Kiwi holiday season, we do believe there's something quite magical about a winter Christmas.

Photo by Jamie Davies on Unsplash

With that in mind, we thought we'd share three dazzling (and totally festive reasons) to visit London this November.

  1. Switched On Lights - 15th November sees the Regent Street Christmas Lights switched on, ready to kick off the festive season. Home to the largest lights installation in the capital, Regent Street is best known for its awe-inspiring ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ lights. These stunning suspended spirits were inspired by Regent Street’s very first Christmas lights, which were the first ever central London Christmas lights in 1954. Find out more.
  2. Winter Wonderland - The Hyde Park extravaganza returns to the capital once again on 23rd November. Fast becoming part of many family traditions the event features shows, parties, an ice rink and Bavarian village. You can shop, eat and drink in a delightfully festive atmosphere. Visit the Winter Wonderland website.
  3. Three Wine Men Christmas Tasting - It's the tasting of the year! Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith are your hosts on 23rd and 24th November, when Lindley Hall is transformed into a wine wonderland. We'll be bringing some sparkling cheer to the occasion and can't wait to see you there! Buy tickets.


Parts & Service opens in Nelson

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on November 13, 2018

It's always exciting when a new restaurant opens just over the hills in Nelson. But the opening of Parts & Service (Hardy Street) at the beginning of November was doubly exciting as it's a new venture for our good friends Bronwyn Monopoli, Daniel Monopoli and Erin Palmisano of Boat Shed fame! They bring with them their Head Chef, Robin Goetzke, who has put together an excellent kitchen team, and Front of House Manager, Morgan Hawkins, who leads the bar and wait staff team. 

We caught up with Erin to find out a little more about Parts & Service.

Q: Why was the top of Hardy Street the perfect location for Parts & Service?
Erin:  This is our first business in Nelson city centre and everything about the location was perfect. Nelson is gaining a reputation as a food and wine destination for both tourists and local New Zealanders for weekend getaways. So, to be in the busy section of Hardy Street was always going to be an exciting venture. We have excellent neighbours, including Urban, Sprig & Fern, Char Bar, Arden and Casa del Vino. The combination makes Hardy Street as much of a food destination as the top of Trafalgar, which is always a great dining destination. 

Q: Can you tell us about the dining style at the restaurant?
Erin: Dan had a very specific vision for the style of the restaurant which has come together beautifully. It's slightly industrial yet simultaneously warm and cozy. Our focus is mainly on the food, though with our cocktail list, our “well-travelled” wine list, and high top/bar seat set up, we hope it will also become known as a place to just come for a nice drink as well as for dinner! Friendly, casual, yet professional service is what we aim for. 

Q: What sort of foods can guests expect to enjoy?
Erin: Our menu is diverse in flavour. From Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian to American influenced dishes. It features a section of bar snacks/small plates that range from fish ceviche, marinated watermelon salad, southern fried chicken and a Thai style pork hock! We have dishes that come from the smoker (currently a South American style short rib) but the main focus is the charcoal grilled fish, chicken, steak, and what we consider our speciality, our daily selection of cuts of meat (currently Picanha which is a beef rump cap and hunks of lamb leg) available in different portion sizes which are served to the table to share.

From the Parts & Service Grill - Lamb Leg, eggplant kasundi, coriander and drained yoghurt.

No.1 Rose features on your wine list, can you give us a few suggestions from your menu of dishes that it would pair with beautifully?
Erin:  Well there isn’t much the No. 1 Rose wouldn’t pair with beautifully! That being said, I had a bottle the other night and with it, we shared the Thai style market fish ceviche with crispy chicken skin, red onion, mint, coriander & red chilli dressing and the potato pancake with kervella cheese, caramelized red onion jam & wild rocket (a good vegetarian option). With the full-bodied complexity of the No. 1 Rose I wouldn’t hesitate to pair it with anything from the charcoal grill, most especially the grilled fish, half chicken, or the lamb. 

Visit the Parts & Service Facebook page to view the menu online and book your table!

Adele is back

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on October 24, 2018

Exciting news! Our wonderful glittering star, Cuvée Adele, is back!

The release of this wine has been highly anticipated, with some of our clients joining the waiting list over a year ago!

This limited edition vintage cuvée was originally crafted specially by Daniel as a proud tribute to his wife Adele on a significant birthday and first released six years ago.

This 2013 vintage is only the second release of this stunning wine. And, once again, Cuvée Adele is available in extremely limited numbers. The wine is blended from handpicked grapes which are whole bunch pressed, (80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir).

This extraordinary wine sparkles with a tightly focused bouquet exhibiting light biscuity notes, toasted nuts and a firm mousse. It's also a sight to behold, beautifully presented in a wonderful gift box. With this latest release the gift box has been enhanced... In full Hollywood starlet mode, it lights up when you open it, illuminating the stunning Swarovski crystals on the bottle!

This is a perfect gift for the Christmas season, but be quick... We have extremely limited numbers and are taking orders through our cellar door only. You can phone or email to reserve your bottle. Contact us HERE.

A Taste of Auckland

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on October 22, 2018

The fabulous Taste of Auckland is once again on the menu from 1st to 4th November.

It's the tenth year for this sensory extravaganza that foodies flock too, and this year the event will occupy all of Queens Wharf in Auckland’s CBD. We'll be there to bring you a taste of No. 1 Family Estate wines. Find out more and buy your tickets HERE.

If you're heading to Auckland for the weekend and want to indulge in a taste of the city outside of this fabulous event, we asked our woman on the ground in Auckland, Virginie Le Brun, for her top tips for dining...

Virginie's Recommendations:

Breakfast with a view:

Takapuna Beach Cafe.

The food is fantastic! While it can be rather busy especially on the weekend if there's a wait you can take a walk along the beach. The restaurant will give you a  table pager, in the shape of a wee lobster, that will buzz when your table is ready! There's also a pretty modern gelato/ice creamery attached. The Takapuna Beach Cafe is unlicensed so if you’re looking for a 'sparkling' breakfast or hair of the dog, you'll need to look elsewhere. Visit website.

Mid-morning Pick Me Up:

3 Beans Coffee.

Located in the City Works Depot, Wellesley St. These guys have been around for a while but they’ve still got game... Their coffee means business. Visit website.

Lovely Lunch:

Giraffe in the Viaduct.

They’re open for breakfast lunch & dinner with a beautiful menu and wine list. A funky, yet child-friendly restaurant… And when they ask, yes I think you would like to see that cheese trolley. Visit website.

The Sawmill Brewery & the Smoko Room.

This is a Sunday favourite. And, although, it's not really in Auckland, the food & craft beer is definitely worth the drive. Luckily for the Taste of Auckland visitors this year the Smoko Room is exhibiting! So you can skip the hour drive north & taste what they have to offer down at shed 10. Hurrah! Visit website.

Delicious Dinner:

Ponsonby Road Bistro.

A long held favourite of mine. The impressive wine list, great service & menu in the stylish, yet cosy decor makes for atmosphere I never want to leave. Visit website.

Siostra in Grey Lynn.

Casual with a lovely menu and a beautifully considered wine list. Try the cheese filled crumbed jalapeño, sometimes spicy but always yum. Visit website.

Little Jimmy on Manakau Rd.

Great menu, the burger is my favourite! Plus a fantastic wine & drinks list. Visit website.

Don’t save the bubbles for best!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on September 11, 2018

At No.1 Family Estate we think that all too often sparkling wine is reserved for special occasions.

We prefer to live life as Madame Lily Bollinger did, she is famous for saying, “I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty.”

Here are three reasons, why we believe that bubbles should be enjoyed more frequently:

  • There’s always something to celebrate – Yes, life is full of milestone events… Significant birthdays, engagements, weddings, new family members. But there is so much more to celebrate in life than occasions. How about celebrating a mid-week catch up with your girlfriends? A change in season is certainly worth raising a glass for. We’d even endorse celebrating the fact that you’ve managed to find five minutes peace and put your feet up at the weekend. Celebrating the simple pleasures in life is just as important as celebrating the big moments!
  • A glass of bubbles makes everything feel special – A mid-week supper of fish and chips becomes a gourmet feast with a glass of something sparkling. And who doesn’t want to feel special more often? We can thoroughly recommend the life-enhancing properties of a glass of No.1 Cuvée!
  • Life is short – Buy the shoes, wear the fancy frock, eat the cake and drink the sparkling wine! Not necessarily in that order. There’s an old Chinese proverb that says “Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.” We couldn’t agree more, bottoms up!


Buy your bubbles here!