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Creation takes Flight – Again!

One thing can be said about the Creation team without fear of contradiction: their sense of culinary adventure (coupled with their wanderlust) knows no bounds! To stay on top of the wine and food pairing game, Carolyn Martin and Daniela Messina recently jetted off again, this time to explore some of the hottest cuisine spots in the UK and Europe. The trip brought them into contact with an exciting diversity…

Five Destinations. A World of Experience

Always keen to keep track of the latest developments in the world of wine and food, members of the Creation team regularly travel the globe to find new inspiration. Thus the 21-year-old Chef Charl van Wyk recently had the opportunity of spending three months abroad, gaining valuable experience at several restaurants in the Netherlands, Estonia and the UK. Charl tells his story: As a chef I have always dreamt of…

A Dash of Merlot Panache

Whether strutting its very own berry personality when vertically paired with Creation’s famous Gorgonzola and Cauliflower Soup, or snuggling up cosily to a creamy-dreamy Creation Resonance Dark Chocolate Baton – Merlot adds that very special zing to the menu.  October is International Merlot Month and in the Creation Tasting Room the focus is on the amazing pairing potential of this wine, says Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin, adding that the…

Creation = Innovation

Visit the Creation website and you’ll find the following quote from owners Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin: “Here, high up on the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, every dawn brings an exciting new challenge and innovation is a way of life. This trendsetting spirit has shaped our vision and led to many a thrilling achievement as reflected in our impressive list of wine awards.” Visit the beautiful estate itself and you’ll find that…

Hermanus bidding to become South Africa’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy

Hermanus is situated in the southern Cape of South Africa in the region of Overstrand. This picturesque region lies about 115 kilometers from Cape Town and has world-renowned vineyards yielding wines of acclaimed international repute. The pristine environment of greater Hermanus attracts large numbers of tourists, both local and international, to Hermanus where the ocean provides sustainable fishing from Kleinmond to Gansbaai, while the valleys and the farms produce food…

Where Quality Begins

By Geena Whiting   Quality to some can be likened to a rainbow, logically the rainbow must have a beginning and an end but we only see the beautiful and somewhat mystical final arch and not where it begins nor where it ends. Much like rainbows, we as consumers often don’t realize that the mechanisms allowing for quality are hidden beyond the horizon, in the background or at the end…

Carolyn in Burgundy: a Whirlwind of Beauty

Carolyn Martin of course loves to travel, always packing her itinerary with new places to see, out of the ordinary things to experience, old and new friends to meet, exciting wines and food to taste … and then some. Two weeks ago she reported on the Martin family’s recent holiday in Switzerland and Norway. This week her friend Baptiste Quinard shares impressions of their adventures in Burgundy. Burgundy! Vous êtes…

Europe in the Wink of an Eye

Doesn’t time just fly when you’re having fun? Carolyn Martin of course loves to travel, always packing her itinerary with new places to see, out of the ordinary things to experience, old and new friends to meet, exciting wines and food to taste … and then some. Here she reports on the Martin family’s recent holiday in Switzerland and Norway and next week we’ll be recounting her adventures in Burgundy….

Viva Prince Pinot!

Ask Carolyn Martin what her favourite red wine is and she answers without hesitation. Yes, it is Pinot Noir which she fondly refers to as ‘Prince Charming wandering through the forest picking wild strawberries’. And which she also dearly loves for its great pairing potential. Take for example the delectable combination of Poached Line Fish, Raspberry Curd, Beetroot Dust, Pickled Radish, Herb Oil and Creation Reserve Pinot Noir presently offered…

Wine, Women and Fun

With Friday 9 August being Women’s Day, Creation’s ‘Leading Lady’, Carolyn Martin, pays tribute to four memorable women whose example and inspiration contributed in various ways to her outlook on life and to the person she has become. Among my fondest childhood memories are those of my paternal grandparents’ wine farm Hartenberg in the Stellenbosch region, and more specifically of my bright, creative and legendary grandmother, Eleanor Finlayson. We had…

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