Whether performing solo in its role as single-cultivar wine or sharing the stage with Syrah to create a memorable two-hander, Creation Grenache is a hard act to follow!
Friday 15 September is International Grenache Day and the Creation team is applauding this amazing cultivar with its diverse flavour profiles and fantastic food pairing potential.
Whether stealing the show on its own, or in tandem with the Syrah, when it comes to pairing it with food, the Creation Grenache is a wine of many parts. In fact, Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin likes to describe the blend as a ‘sly chameleon’ due to its ability to change personality depending on the occasion. The natural acidity and resulting freshness and poise make the Grenache a versatile pairing wine. Inherent savoury notes associated with the umami flavour also contribute to this food-friendly character, making the Grenache as well as the blend welcome additions to the cellar of the wine pairing enthusiast.
Always keen to try new pairings and experiment with unusual combinations, the Creation Culinary Team has come up with an ever-growing repertoire of dishes to be paired with the Grenache and the Rhône-style blend. Here are two examples:
Creation Sumac Grenache – sensational with Roast Duck Breast with Tomato and Chorizo Reduction, Goat’s-milk Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes with Rye Toast. Click here for the recipe.
Creation Syrah, Grenache – highly recommended with Duck Breast with Red Wine Jus, Roasted Butternut and Carrot Purée, Courgette, Trio of Beetroot, Shiitake Polenta Cake and Kale Crisp. Click here for the recipe.
Creation among Top SA Bordeaux-style Whites
In the fifth Winemag.co.za Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend Report, 34 of the 56 South African wines assessed scored 90 points or higher. Creation is delighted to have its 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon among them. Click here to read more.
Pink October at Creation
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Creation team will once again participate with a special Pink October event held on Saturday 28 October. Professor Justus Apffelstaedt from the Multidisciplinary Breast Health Centre will be the guest speaker and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic Fund. You can read more about this in the latest edition of Food & Home Entertaining.
The Grootbos Foundation generously offered to provide Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde groundsman, Angere Daniels with training, and he was able to spend three days learning from their team. The training included a day spent with the horticulture students, a day on the Grootbos farm and a day at the Masakhane Community Farm. The latter very generously donated several trays of various seedlings to the Pebbles vegetable garden.
Creation on the Move
This month sees Creation’s Carolyn Martin and Daniela Messina visiting selected venues in Europe and the UK. They hosted private client and sommelier tastings in Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Norway and then in the UK. Among their activities were also trade tastings in Bruges, Belgium with Intervinos and in Copenhagen with Løgismose. They also hosted a wine club tasting in Norrköping, Sweden and a private dinner in Tønsberg, Norway. Then it was off to the UK for WOSA’s Intrepid South Africa Tasting, the Three Wine Men Tasting and private tastings at 67 Pall Mall and Harrogate Fine Wines. Daniela will be in Nice from the 18th to the 21st of September and would like to meet up with Creation clients during that time. Please click here to contact her.
The Bigger the Better!
There are many indications that wine bottles actually started out big, and shrank over time to the standard 750 ml size that we know today. This makes sense considering that clay amphorae, the precursor to glass bottles, varied in size between 9 and 26 litre!
The advantages of larger format bottles today are in many cases the same reason that wine was stored in larger vessels in ancient times. The larger the bottle, the smaller the surface-area-to-volume ratio because less of the wine is exposed to the small amount of air within the bottle. This significantly increases the longevity of the wine.
There are many more reasons why larger bottles of wine are becoming increasingly popular. Apart from being sought-after collectors’ items they make brilliant gifts for family, friends and business associates. But the simplest reason is probably still the best: they make you feel good, and that’s what wine is all about!
Due to the increased demand for larger format bottles Creation has released 1.5-litre, 3-litre and 5-litre bottles of our popular Rhône-style (Syrah, Grenache) blend as well as 1.5-litre and 3-litre bottles of the sought-after Creation Reserve Pinot Noir. Simply click here to order.
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Majeka House Team at Creation
Wednesday 6 September saw the Majeka House team from Stellenbosch spending some time at Creation. It was lovely getting to know them and we hope they will return soon!
Welcome to our Little Piece of Paradise
Situated some 18 km from the coastal resort of Hermanus, Creation is more than a wine farm; it is a glorious destination where a warm welcome awaits young and old. Click here to make a reservation.
Here are a few comments recently made by our visitors:
“Great food and service for the Story of Creation wine and food pairing. Staff as always are great and the food was terrific. Glad to see the portions have increased a bit! Can’t wait to return.” – Malcolm P (TripAdvisor)
“Excellent food, wine and presentation. Well worth coming from Sydney Australia.” – Phil Robbie Wilkinson (Creation Visitors Book)
Creation on WhatsApp
Great news for Creation lovers: we are now available on WhatsApp! For all bookings, other enquiries and wine orders, feel free to contact us on 082 921 6435 if this is your preferred method of communication.
16 September 8h00 – 12h00: Creation at the Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Cricket Club
A small market with a lot of soul where good friends meet hug and eat … You can look forward to an amazing array of fresh organic produce, homemade delicacies, artisan breads, probiotic yoghurts, handmade cheeses, home-smoked fish, happy hen eggs, wheat-free bakes and local wines. For more information click here.
23 September 12h00 – 17h00: Spring Wine Festival, The Peech Boutique Hotel, 61 North Street, Melrose
Join us for an afternoon of fine wine and gourmet cuisine. R295 pp (includes wine tasting and R125 in food vouchers). To book click here.