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Winery visits in Stellenbosch part 1: Dornier and Waterford

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Being based in Stellenbosch, we didn’t have a long way to the various wineries. Our first visit brought us to Dornier estate which is actually linked to the former German airplane constructors. In fact, quite a few estates in the winelands are owned by industrial families which reminded me a bit of Bordeaux but with a more romantic side of corporate ownership. Read the rest of this entry »

Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, Brooklyn

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Picture courtesy of Tom Selby

While surfing through various wine and food pages this afternoon, I stumbled on this beautiful photo report of the Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory in Brooklyn, New York. They claim to be New York’s only “bean to bar” chocolate manufacturers – meaning that they process the whole chocolate beans at first in order to extract the precious cocoa butter before they confect chocolate specialties.
Tom Selby’s pictures capture the unique work atmosphere at their factory in a nearly mystical way. You would nearly have the impression they’re from a past century where passion, talent and experience were the essential success factors and not some high tech machines from our modern times. Of course the long beards and stoic expression of the 2 brothers inevitably fit into such a picture.
But whatever way those photos are being interpreted – they definitely catch one’s attention.

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