Wine has always played an important part in my life. As a symbol of enjoyment, finesse, elegance and celebration it enhances conversation and meals. Food pairing thus meant that wine is chosen to complement respective dishes; so I thought. Glass shapes mattered, mostly because of convention. My last two visits to Creation Wines, however, highlighted the prominence of wine.
Food, well chosen, highlight the subtle tasting notes of each varietal. The shape of the glass matters … a lot. The wrong glass can result in a disappointing experience with even a premium wine. And it is not only a matter of large glasses for red wine and slightly smaller ones for white. The traditional white wine glass is very well suited to the profile of a Sauvignon Blanc. The slight upward tilt necessitated by the tapered opening results in delivery to the front of the tongue, precisely where sugar is discerned. Viola, a perfect blend of acidity and sweetness, pleasing to the palate.
Using the same glass for Chardonnay? The richer and more opulent varietal needs to activate the acid receptors on the side of the mouth to be properly savoured. As a Chardonnay afficionado, I was pleasantly surprised when I experienced its taste in the larger, less tapered glass, sometimes associated with red wine, although shorter. I immediately vowed to add them to the collection. As you can guess. The same is true for red wine. The wrong glass can render even the best Pinot Noir “tanniny”, while pouring it into the proper vessel brings out the fruit with just enough tannin to add body. Enough said.
The beautiful and functional Riedel wine glasses were designed to be the perfect conduit between the human taste experience and the profile of each variety. Developed in conjunction with sommeliers and winemakers, Riedel’s glasses are a marriage between craftmanship and science. The glassmaker manages to hold proportionality in creative tension with design elements required to elevate, the taste, texture, bouquet and flavour of the wine, providing the ultimate connoisseur’s experience.
All this and healthy, tasty dishes, locally sourced and chosen to enhance immunity and keep blood sugar levels low are just what I have come to expect of Creation Wines’ events. Meticulous attention to detail, beautiful and tranquil surroundings and a tasting room resplendent with nature, bespoke art and light conspire to leave all visitors with a sense of well-being and optimism.
When the first course (healthy shooter) was introduced with: “…feeling like you are standing naked under a waterfall” all of us knew that we were in for a sense adventure par excellence. The knowledge that simply relaxing by listening to the sound of the waves in a seashell changes taste perception capped an evening that touched every aspect of our humanness. Long tables introduced us to friends we had not yet met, interesting facts and explanations stimulated the mind and deeply satisfying taste explosions created the perfect masterpiece.
Aloma Jonker – Beautifully Curated July 27, 2022