Yearly Archives: 2011


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Walla Walla Wine Country

Our Saturday was spent visiting the town and  wine area of Walla Walla, located 13 miles from the Oregon border.  Leaving Yakima Valley, it was about an hour’s drive, I think – I did not time the drive, there was so much to take in and besides our unofficial wine guide, […]


Pecan chocolate pie and pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving weekend

This was my first experience of Thanksgiving and it felt so familiar – no doubt all the American movies I have watched.  The gathering of friends and family to give thanks for what we have is a tradition going back to the arrival of Pilgrims, having survived harsh conditions and been blessed […]


Cape Town to Seattle

Leaving Cape Town in the rain on Sunday prepared my arrival in Seattle on Monday afternoon – grey, drizzly, but strangely familiar – reminiscent of time spent in London.  My flight via Paris was good overall, but lets face it there is no short way of getting to the States so the jet-lag […]

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Sphere Foods Announces Opening of South Africa office

Seattle, November 1, 2011:  Sphere Foods today announced the opening of their Cape Town office in South Africa and the appointment of Catherine Dillon as their South African representative. SPHERE FOODS is a resourceful, solution orientated company providing customers with premium quality processed vegetables and fruits. With two decades in […]


The Cape Wine Academy reaches 100 000-student milestone

Since its inception 32 years ago in 1979, over 100 000 students have enrolled for various Cape Wine Academy courses throughout South Africa.  Approximately 50 000 of these students attended various tertiary institutions at which the Cape Wine Academy teaches the wine module. These institutions include cookery and hospitality schools as […]


Island of wine

“The thing you need to understand about Waiheke,” says Steve Robinson, “is that many of us came here as hippies, to drop out. The joke was that you could look across from Auckland and see the dope haze hovering. Now I can barely afford to live here.” Waiheke Island, located […]