June is a very exciting time for my family and friends as we have the pleasure of celebrating a multitude of birthdays. June 2016 was no different and saw six of us (including three June babies) heading for the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley (translated to Heaven and Earth Valley) near the seaside town of Hermanus.
While most of our celebratory weekend was spent on the picturesque High Season Farm, we did manage to tear ourselves away from the awe-inspiring beauty to visit Creation Wines, an exceptional Wine Estate on the Hemel en Aarde Wine Route.
With offers of cheese, charcuterie, wine & chocolate pairings, to name a few, our table opted to indulge in the Tapas Pairing menu; an eight course tapas and wine pairing for an astoundingly affordable R270.00 per person.
During the four hours that followed, we were introduced to flavours we had only ever dreamed of: Pickled seabass with sweetcorn, coriander and a home-made poppadum; Cauliflower soup with hazelnut, thyme and blue cheese….each dish that was set down in front of us seemed to blow the previous dish away. The experience was truly otherworldly.
Our Wine Ambassador, Jo-Ann, ensured that our afternoon was spectacular. The wine never ceased to flow, our youngest member (a strapping young lad, all of one year old) was spoilt with creamy mash and buttery peas (yes, we all tasted his ‘dish’) as well as Nutella pancakes with ice cream. No request was too much for the Creation Team and we all felt a little gob-smacked at the outstanding service and value for money.
It was with great delight, that on leaving, we found that recipes for many of the dishes we had tasted were available on the Creation Wines website. It was decided then and there that the cauliflower soup would be recreated at our next Dinner Club, and that we would have to be back for the three course lunch pairing.
If you are tempted to try your hand at one of the Creation Wine dishes, you will find a whole host of scrumptious recipes here: http://www.creationwines.com/category/recipes/
And should you be looking for unique ways to season your new creations, try one of the eat.art Salts of Origin tubs. Dishes cannot help but make a statement when sprinkled with a little Hawaiian black lava salt or decorated with a few Cyprus salt flakes.
Written by: Tamsyn Lombard for eat.art