From The Deep Blue Sea Cocktail

6th July 2023

No.1 Family Estate New Zealand Sparkling Wine

From the beautiful country of Iceland, we’re crafting an original cocktail inspired by the deep blue sea, incorporating Reyka Vodka from Iceland and No.1 Family Estate’s Cuvée No.1 Traditional Method Sparkling Wine from New Zealand.

The Sparkling Wine – No.1 Family Estate

No.1 Family Estate was born in 1977 by Adele & Daniel, they chose the name No.1 Family Estate in recognition of the many ‘firsts’ in New Zealand wine they had achieved over the years while working on their first venture, Cellier Le Brun.

They released their very first Cuvée No.1 on Bastille Day in 1999 and in 2012 their No.1 Assemblé was the first wine in New Zealand to be labelled ‘Méthode Marlborough’ in place of Méthode Traditionelle.

Check out the time when I had to deliver one of their Sparkling Wines to Middle Earth: Lord of the Rings – One Sparkling Wine To Rule Them All

No.1 Family Estate – Cuvée No.1 – New Zealand – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Oaky, woody, smoky oak, wood chips, with green fruits, soft green fruit citrus, lightly toasted cold toast with a drop or two of green citrus on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Refreshing, mouth-watering with lightly toasted bread, crisper green fruits with softer oaky and woody characters, finishing with some subtle lime citrus on the palate.”

Silver Medal in the Oaky & Toasty Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022

Vodka – Reyka

Reyka Vodka is a small batch, handcrafted Vodka from the country of Iceland, their website is a sight to behold, creative and visually appealing pictures transport you from the deep blue sea to the northern lights.

The water they use for their Vodka flows through a 4,000-year-old lava field, making it some of the purest water in the world and they use their underground volcanoes to produce geothermal energy which is very environmentally friendly.

Aroma “Vodka takes on an almost expressionless character, but this Iceland vodka is smooth, very much creamy.”

Flavour “Flavour also takes on a creamy character, smooth with the classic vodka taste.”

From The Deep Blue Sea Cocktail


  • Sparkling Wine
  • Vodka
  • Charcoal Cheese
  • Nori Sheets/Seaweed
  • Sea Salt

How To Make The From The Deep Blue Sea Cocktail

  • Pour in 15mls of Vodka
  • 3 Twists of Sea Salt
  • 85mls of Sparkling Wine
  • Tear Up A Nori Sheet Into Small Pieces And Drop Them Into Your Glass
  • Garnish With A Small Chunk Of Charcoal Cheese On A Nori Sheet

From The Deep Blue Sea Cocktail Tasting Notes

Aroma – “A refreshing coastal aroma, with nori sheets/seaweed with hints of salty sea air on a creamy display of oaky and freshly baked bread on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Salty sea air, coats golden fruits, crisp ripe yellow apples, oak, toast, oak barrels with an underlying creaminess that enhances the experience from beginning to end, along with the note of nori sheets/seaweed.”

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.