Creation. Discovering New Horizons
Creation’s Carolyn Martin and Daniela Messina recently got out their passports and put on their globe-trotting shoes again – this time on a whirlwind tour of Belgium, Scandinavia, Estonia, the UK and the French Riviera. A fascinating variety of cultures, trends and flavours were the order of the day – all strung together by, yes, you’ve guessed it: the love of wine. Here is an abridged journal of their adventures.
4 and 5 September: Wonderful Copenhagen and Odense
Denmark is one of my all-time favourites to visit: fabulous cuisine and design and a friendly forthright culture with people willing and open to discover new natural products. Creation fits perfectly into this milieu.
Not only did I have the chance to do exclusive trade tastings, but also had the opportunity to meet up with Jacob Kocemba, a Master Sommelier who visited South Africa along with a group of Scandinavian sommeliers brought out by WOSA quite a few years ago. Jacob recommended Creation Wines to the Løgismose group, who, famous as a purveyor of fine food and wines, was at the forefront of the food revolution that took place in Denmark over the last decade or so. This revolution has changed the world of food throughout Europe and the UK (even as far as Cape Town) and we experienced the evidence earlier this year in Estonia at the Creation 5-chef dinner held at Restaurant Monaco in Tallinn, and this time round at SALT.
4 and 5 September: Beautiful Brugge
This was my first visit to Brugge and it was love at first sight! The two-day trade tasting with Intervinos was great, everybody made me feel so welcome and it was lovely meeting up with wine lovers who had visited us at Creation before. Nico Terry from Intervinos suggested a local bistro for dinner and I just had to try the local beer and famous moules-frites – wonderful! Belgium of course is also renowned for its chocolates and wow, a big thank you to Patrick Vannoote of Wijnen Patrick Vannoote (specialising in quality wines from the Southern Hemisphere) for the most beautiful handcrafted chocolates made by the celebrated chocolatier Marijn Coertjens. Almost too pretty to eat!
6 September: Delightful Tallinn, Estonia
As previously reported, Tallinn is another one of my favourite cities and this time I could share the pleasure with Daniela. The little restaurant SALT which is run by Tina Treumann was the venue of our wine and food pairing – and what a venue! Enter through the tiniest of doors and a BIG welcome awaits you. It was great to see the excitement elicited by the Creation wines which paired exceptionally well with the menu. The two dishes that stood out was the Cep Carpaccio Truffle paired with the Reserve Chardonnay and the Saigon-style Ostrich Tartare with Pickled Shimeji Mushrooms and Garlic Stalks which accompanied the Creation Viognier. When in Tallinn do visit this little gem. Click here for information.
7 and 8 September: Sweden here we come!
This was our first visit to Sweden and therefore quite exciting. From Stockholm we travelled to Norrköping, where we were made to feel very welcome and spent a wonderful evening with the Munskankarna Wine Club which has over 22 000 active member and 136 club ‘branches’ across Sweden. The more than 60 guests were treated to a tasting of our older vintages and the feedback was excellent. We look forward to our next tasting in 2018.
The next morning we took the train all the way down to Vadstena where I did a presentation in aid of our Hemel-en-Aarde Pebbles Education Project to the Rotarians.
If you are a Rotarian and would like to get involved click here.
Bertil Olofsson, one of our longest standing Creation ambassadors, was the brain behind getting Creation wines to Sweden. Thank you Bertil for opening up some great connections! We certainly hope to make our wines more accessible in the coming years.
Our last night in Sweden was spent in Stockholm, a city brimming with heritage and at the same time buzzing with nightlife. Sturehof on the southern side of Stureplan is a unique restaurant to say the least and this is where Daniela and I decided to dine. The fresh local fish fare there is magnificent and suffice to say: we had a feast!
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9 September: Tønsberg, Norway – of Vikings & Reindeer
The little town of Tønsberg is the oldest in Norway and thanks to our host Jon Terje Bruun of Global Wines we had a thrilling adventure. Walking along the seafront we were suddenly transported to medieval times – amid a troup of Vikings! Yes, we had stumbled across the Tønsberg Viking Festival with participants dressed in full attire. On the waterfront we met up with Janne Brekke from Global Wines and it was great to share ideas and plan some more memorable wine and dine events in Norway.
That evening saw us hosting an eight-course pairing at the little bistro Herr & Fru where we had 30 guests all eager to participate. The highlight was a dish we’ve never tasted before: Reindeer Tartare with Quail Egg, Goat’s-milk Cheese Mousse, and Pickled Red Onions sprinkled with Oats. Paired with the 2012 Creation Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot it was a real stunner! All in all we thoroughly enjoyed the warm welcome of the Norwegians and it was once again lovely to see some familiar faces, all sharing their fond memories of Creation Wines on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge.
Next week: London and The French Riviera …