In combining winemaking showmanship with culinary artistry, gorgeous flavours with irresistible textures, Creation on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in the Walker Bay Wine Region enjoys an enviable reputation for their wine and food pairing. And when wine pairing guru Carolyn Martin puts on her traveling shoes, a wonderful tale of tastes can be told…
Last week we reported on her culinary adventures in Copenhagen and Odense in Denmark with Carolyn remarking how great it was to see sommeliers who have been supporting Creation for years and to meet new sommeliers and chefs, all of whom she looks forward to collaborate with, introducing some Danish innovation to the Creation experience.
We also reported on Carolyn and Jean-Claude’s visit to Scotland where highlights included the couple doing a Creation tasting at the ultra-chic, Michelin two-starred Fairie Glen restaurant at Gleneagles, an extra special dinner at the 5-star The House of Turin in Angus and a successful private dinner at Champany Inn, Linlithgow, West Lothian.
In Manchester Carolyn showcased the versatility of Creation’s wines at Suri, a contemporary restaurant serving vibrant Mediterranean-style sharing dishes as well as at a tasting with Fazenda’s corporate clients – a class act of pairing eight different meat cuts each with a Creation wine.
The next leg of her trip took her to London where The Beaumont in Mayfair impressed Carolyn with its high level of service.
Creation had a delightful lunch on a rainy London day and created a menu with lots to choose from in terms of wine and food pairing. Always good to bring a little sunshine in a glass to our clients!
This was followed by an equally successful private client tasting at Vivat Bacchus which some 70 guests attended.
The following day saw a tasting at the one-of-its-kind 67 Pall Mall, famous hangout of UK wine pros and wine lovers. The top South African sommelier Gareth Ferreira took care of our lengthy lunch and needless to say he handled it brilliantly. Thank you Gareth! We were delighted to have Richard Siddle who writes about the wine economy in the UK, Greg Sherwood MW and gastronomy consultant Douglas Blyde join us for a vertical of six vintages of Creation Pinot Noir, three vintages of Creation Syrah and a tasting of the Chardonnays over lunch.
Next on Carolyn’s exciting itinerary was an evening at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social where a magnificent meal and several good wines were followed by a fantastic cheese trolley – described by her as ‘the good old-fashioned French way to do cheese’.
The last but certainly not least destination was a balmy Tallinn in Estonia which according to Carolyn is a food lover’s delight.
There is definitely a rye revolution happening in Estonia and the bread is completely outstanding. My 5-course wine pairing at Restaurant Ribe was a great success with some of the highlights being the beautifully prepared tomato consommé with the Whale Pod Sauvignon Blanc and the scrumptious scallops and beurre blanc with the Creation Chardonnay.
The Nordic influence was clear in the dishes created by the five chefs for our dinner at Restaurant Monaco – a perfect menu with each individual dish beautifully complementing the chosen Creation wine. What an achievement that each chef could create such a wonderful and different pairing and it worked perfectly as a balanced menu. Look out for their visit to Creation and their collaboration with our chefs early next year! [Click here to see pics of the Creation Nordic 5-chef dinner held at Restaurant Monaco in Tallinn, Estonia.]
While Carolyn was completing the last leg of her trip, Jean-Claude visited his native Switzerland and then Germany where his trade visits lead to promising results. We look forward to reporting on these shortly. While in Switzerland he also had the pleasure of visiting Keller am See, where one of Creation’s former interns, Christian Dexl, is presently the winemaker.