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IPad Wine Menu Offers Restaurants Affordable Way to Increase Wine Sales and New Customers

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Uncorkd enables restaurants to have their own iPad wine menu with a quick and easy web-based platform. Now, restaurants small and large can have an electronic wine menu that wows diners with a personal sommelier on the table.

Uncorkd is a new solution for restaurants, hotels and nightclubs to create their very own wine list on an iPad tablet. Over the last year, dozens of America’s top restaurants have been spending big bucks for custom-made iPad applications for their wine list to a great reception from their customers. Restaurants that have switched from paper menus to iPad wine menus have seen wine sales increase as much as 20%


A VERY HAPPY & COLOURFUL HOLI TO ALL OF YOU

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Wyndham Worldwide Once Again Named Among World’s Most Ethical Companies

Out of a record number of nominations for the award, Wyndham Worldwide earned its place on the list for the second consecutive year, recognizing principled business practices, corporate social responsibility, and raising the bar for ethical standards within the industry.

"Wyndham Worldwide continues to achieve success not only for what we do, but how we do it, and this recognition reflects the strong values that guide our company every day,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide.

This is the fifth year Ethisphere, a think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, has published the WME rankings, which appear in Ethisphere Magazine’s Q1 issue.

“We are honored to receive this continued distinction, earned through the dedicated efforts of associates at every level of our company, who embody our culture of responsible and ethical practices in a…

US 'world's biggest wine consumers'

The US overtook France to become the world’s biggest wine-consuming nation in 2010, according to newly-released figures.Total shipments in the US, including domestically produced and imported wines, reached nearly 330m cases, up 2% on 2009, according to the report from consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates.

Estimated retail value hit US$30bn, up 4% on the previous year, the Gomberg-Fredrikson Report said.

Jon Fredrikson pointed to the success of new ‘creative’ wines in keeping consumers excited, including value-priced Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Riesling, off-dry wines and affordable Pinot Noir from inland parts of California.

Sales of high-end wines remained challenging, he added, but marketers were counteracting this by using social media to target increasingly savvy consumers.

Wines from California accounted for 61% of overall US market volumes at nearly 200m cases, up 1%, with retail value estimated at US$18.5bn.

‘US wine market conditions remain highly competitive, but w…

Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck sold to EPI

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Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck have been bought by French company Societe Europeenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI), Decanter.com can confirm.No details have yet been given but Decanter.com can confirm that EPI will not split the company, and there will be no major staff changes.

The deal is reported to be worth €400m. EPI is taking on an inventory of 40m bottles and 800ha of vineyards,

EPI is the holding company of the Descours family, which owns a number of upmarket French clothing brands including JM Weston, François Pinet, children’s clothes firm Bonpoint, and men’s shirt store Alain Figaret.

The business is run by Christopher Descours, the youngest son of Jean-Louis Descours, who formerly ran the shoe retailer André.

EPI also controls Cotes du Luberon estate Château La Verrerie, which has been run by the Descours family for 30 years.

Piper-Heidsieck was founded in 1785 by Florent-Louis Heidsieck. It was later split into three different entities, the others…

BRANDS

Other Whisky Brands

Bagpiper - India
Royal Stag - India
Blenders Pride - India
DYC - Spain
Fryske Hynder - Netherlands
Mackmyra - Sweden
Manx spirit - Isle of Man
Millstone - Netherlands
Royal Challenge - India
Ankara Viskisi - Turkey
Black Ram Whiskey - Bulgaria
Kavalan - Taiwan
Seropian - Syria

BRANDS

French Whisky Brands

Armorik - Brittany, France
Eddu - Breton, France
Glann ar Mor - Breton, France
Guillon - Champagne-Ardenne, France
Kaerilis - Breton, France
P&M - Corsica, France
Hedgehog - Bourbonnais, France

BRANDS

Welsh Whisky Brands

Penderyn DistillerY

BRANDS

Thai whiskey

Mekhong whiskey
Hong Thong whiskey
Sang Thip
SangSom
Black Cat whiskey

BRANDS

Independent Bottlers of Scotch Whisky

Adelphi
Cadenhead's
Douglas Laing & Co
Duncan Taylor
Gordon & MacPhail
Hart Brothers
Ian Macleod Distillers
James MacArthur
Master of Malt
Murray McDavid
Old Malt Cask
Queen of the Moorlands
Robert Scott
Scottish Malt Whisky Society
Signatory

BRANDS

Blended Scotch

Bailie Nicol Jarvie
Ballantine's
Bell's
Black & White
Black Bottle
Buchanan's
Chivas Regal
Cutty Sark
Dewar's
Dimple
The Famous Grouse
Gran Old Parr
Grand Macnish
Grants
Haig
Hankey Bannister
Johnnie Walker
J&B
Long John
Sandy Mac Old Scotch Whisky
Monkey Shoulder
Morriston Gold
Old Inverness
Old Smuggler
Pinch
Passport Scotch
Royal Salute whisky
Something Special
Queen Anne[disambiguation needed]
Stewart's Cream of the Barley
Teacher's Highland Cream
Tè Bheag
Vat 69
William Lawson's
White Horse
Whyte & Mackay
lotay whisky

BRANDS

Grain Scotch Whisky

North British Grain
Cameron Brig (Cameron Bridge Distillery)

BRANDS

Scotch Whisky Brands

Single Malt Scotch
Aberfeldy
Aberlour
Allt-A-Bhainne
Ardbeg
Ardmore
Arran
Auchentoshan
Auchroisk
Aultmore
Balblair
Balmenach
The Balvenie
Bell's & Sons
Banff
Ben Nevis
BenRiach
Benrinnes
Benromach
Bladnoch
Blair Athol
Bowmore
Brackla
Braeval
Brora
Bruichladdich
Bunnahabhain
Caol Ila
Caperdonich
Cardhu
Clynelish
An Cnoc
Coleburn
Convalmore
Cragganmore
Craigellachie
Dailuaine
Dallas Dhu
The Dalmore
Dalwhinnie
Deanston
Drumguish
Dufftown
Edradour
Fettercairn
Glen Albyn
Glenallachie
Glenburgie
Glencadam
Glen Deveron
Glendronach
Glendullan
Glen Elgin
Glenesk
Glenfarclas
Glenfiddich
Glen Flagler
Glen Garioch
Glenglassaugh
Glengoyne
Glen Grant
Glen Keith
Glenkinchie
The Glenlivet
Glenlochy
Glenlossie
Glen Mhor
Glenmorangie
Glen Moray
Glen Ord
Glenrothes
Glen Scotia
Glen Spey
Glentauchers
Glenturret
Glen Turner (whisky)
Glenugie
Glenury Royal
Highland Park
Imperial
Inchgower
Inverleven
Isle of Jura
Kilchoman
Kinclaith
Knockdhu
Knockando
Ladyburn
Lagavulin
Laphroai…

BRANDS

New Zealand whisky brands

Milford
Hokonui Whiskey
Wilson
45 South

BRANDS

Japanese whisky brands

Nikka
Yoichi
Miyagikyo
Black Nikka
Taketsuru
Suntory
Yamazaki
Hakushu
Hibiki
Hokuto
Kaku

BRANDS

Single Grain Irish Whiskeys

Greenore

BRANDS

Blended Irish Whiskeys

Avoca (whiskey)
Baileys Irish Whiskey (not currently available)
Ballygeary
Brennans
Bushmills White Bush
Bushmills Black Bush
Bushmills 1608
Cassidy's
Coleraine
Clontarf
Crested Ten
Dunphys
Erin's Isle
Feckin Irish Whiskey
Golden Irish
Grace
Hewitts
Inishowen
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson 1780 (replaced Jameson 12 Year Old)
Jameson Distillery Reserve
Jameson Gold
Kilbeggan
Locke's
Michael Collins Blend
Midleton Very Rare
Millars
Murphy's
Old Kilkenny
O'Briens
O'Neills
Old Dublin
Paddy
Powers Gold Label
Red Breast Blend
Strangford Gold
The Irishman
Tullamore Dew
Wild Geese

BRANDS

Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskeys

Green Spot
Daly's of Tullamore
Dungourney 1964
Dunville's VR
Dunville's Three Crowns
Jameson 15 Year Old Pot Still
Magilligan
Midleton 25 Year Old
Midleton 30 Year Old
Old Comber
Redbreast (whiskey)
Willie Napier 1945

BRANDS

Irish Whiskey Brands

Irish Single Malts

Brogan's Legacy Irish Single Malt
A Drop of the Irish
Bushmills Ten Year Old
Bushmills Sixteen Year Old
Cadenhead's Peated Single Malt
Clonmel Single Malt
Connemara
Erin Go Bragh
Knappogue Castle
Locke's Single Malt
Merrys Single Malt
Michael Collins Single Malt
Preston Millennium Malt
Shanahans
Shannon Grain Single Malt
Slaney Malt
Suir Peated Malt
The Irishman Single Malt
Tyrconnell

BRANDS

German Whisky Brands

Blaue Maus

Grüner Hund Vintage 1991
Blaue Maus Vintage 1993
Krottentaler Vintage 1994
Schwartzer Pirat Vintage 1995
Spinnaker 1997

Gruel

Gruel Single Grain Whisky 5 Year Old
Gruel Single Grain Whisky 7 Year Old
Gruel Single Grain Whisky 9 Year Old

Höhler

Whessky, Irish Style
Whessky, Scottish Style Single Malt
Whessky, Rye Style
Whessky, Bourbon Style
Whessky, Bourbon Style Cask Strength

Rabel

Schwäbischer
Whisky von der Alb

Reiner Mösslein

Fränkisher Whiskey

Slyrs

Slyrs Bavarian Single Malt

Sonnenschein

Sonnenschein 10 Year Old Single Malt

Volker Theurer

Black Horse Original Ammertal Whiskey

BRANDS

Finnish Whisky Brands

Panimoravintola Beer Hunter's
Old Buck
Teerenpeli
Teerenpeli Single Malt

BRANDS

Canadian blended whisky

Alberta Distillers, Calgary (independent)
Alberta Premium
Alberta Premium 25 Years Old
Alberta Springs Rye Whisky 10 Years Old
Alberta Springs Rye Whisky 25 Years Old
Tangle Ridge Aged 10 Years
Allied Domecq
McGuinness Silk Tassel
Barton Brands
Barton's Canadian 36 Months Old
Canadian Host
Canadian Supreme
Corby's Canadian 36 Months Old
McMaster's
Northern Lights
Canadian Mist Distillers, Collingwood, Ontario (Brown-Forman)
Canadian Mist
Century Distilling, Vancouver
Century Reserve 8 Year Old
Century Reserve 13 Year Old
Century Reserve 15 Year Old
Century Reserve 21 Year Old
Corby Distilleries, Toronto (Allied)
Gooderham & Worts Ltd
Lot No. 40
Pike Creek
Royal Reserve
Royal Reserve Gold
Diageo
Crown Royal
Crown Royal Limited Edition
Crown Royal Special Reserve
Crown Royal XR
Crown Royal Cask 16
Seagram's 83 Canadian Whisky
Seagram's Five Star Rye Whisky
Seagram's Seven Crown
Seagram's VO
Seagram's VO Gold
Highwood Distillery, High R…

BRANDS

Canadian single malt

Glenora Distillers, Glenville, Nova Scotia (independent)
Glen Breton Rare
Glen Breton Ice 10 Year
Glen Breton Ice 15 Year

BRANDS

Australian whisky brands

Hellyer's Road / Southern Fire Single Malt Whisky, Tasmania

BRANDS

Wheat Whiskey

Bernheim Original - Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky
Dry Fly wheat whiskey - Dry Fly Distilling, Spokane, Washington

BRANDS

Rye Whiskey

Heaven Hill Vintage
Hirsch Vintage
Hudson Manhattan
Jim Beam Rye
Michters
Old Overholt
Old Potrero
Pikesville
Red Hook
Rendezvous Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse
Sazerac
Templeton Rye
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
Wild Turkey Rye

BRANDS

Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel's
George Dickel
Gentleman Jack

BRANDS

Bourbons from Other distilleries

Woodstock - Independent Distillers, Auckland, Newzealand

BRANDS

Non-Kentucky Bourbons

A. H. Hirsch - Michter's, near Shaeffestown, Pennsylvania [closed, but still available]
Bowman's — A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Most Wanted - High Plains Distillery, Atchison, Kansas
Sam Cougar - Seagrams Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Tuthilltown Hudson Baby, Tuthilltown Spirits, New York
Virginia Gentleman — A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Woodstone Creek - Woodstone Creek, Cincinnati, Ohio

BRANDS

Kentucky Bourbons

1792 — Barton Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky
Ancient Age — Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky
Baker's — Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont, Kentucky & Boston, Kentucky
Barclay's - Barton Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky
Basil Hayden's — Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont & Boston, Kentucky
Benchmark & Benchmark XO (single-barrel) -Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky
Black Maple Hill - Bardstown, Kentucky
Blanton's — Buffalo Trace Distillery — Frankfort, Kentucky
Booker's — Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont & Boston, Kentucky
Buffalo Trace Distillery — Franklin County, Kentucky
Bulleit Bourbon — Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Cabin Still - Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky
Colonel Lee - Barton Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky
Corner Creek — Bardstown, Kentucky
Daniel Stewart - Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky
Eagle Rare — Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky
Early Times — Brown-Forman, Louisville, K…

BRANDS

Bourbons and Distillers

Four Roses Distillery — Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky
Buffalo Trace Distillery — Frankfort, Kentucky
Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont, Kentucky
Woodford Reserve Distillery — Versailles, Kentucky
Tom Moore - Bardstown, Kentucky
Maker's Mark Distillery — Loretto, Kentucky
Wild Turkey Distillery — Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

BRANDS

American Corn Whiskeys

Catdaddy
Mountain Moonshine
Old Gristmill
Old Oak
Virginia Lightning
Georgia Moon
Dixie Dew
Mellow Corn
J.W. Corn
Platte Valley

BRANDS

American Single Malt Whiskeys

Charbay
McCarthy's
Notch
Peregrine Rock
St. George
RoughStock
Stranahan's
Wasmund's
Woodstone Creek
Gold Buckle Club - The Ellensburg Distillery, Ellensburg, Washington

WINE TERMINOLOGY

Acidity
The presence of natural fruit acids that lend a tart, crisp taste to wine
Aroma
Smells in wine that originate from the grape
Astringent
Bitter; gives a drying sensation in the mouth
Balanced
All components of the wine are in harmony
Barrel Fermented
White wine that is fermented in an oak barrel instead of a stainless steel tank
Body
The weight and tactile impression of the wine on the palate that ranges from light to heavy/full
Bouquet
Smells from winemaking, aging and bottle age
Buttery
Rich, creamy flavor associated with barrel fermentation
Character
Describes distinct attributes of a wine
Chewy
Wine that has a very deep, textured and mouth-filling sensation
Clean
Wine without disagreeable aromas or tastes
Closed
Wine that needs to open up; aging and/or decanting can help
Complex
Layered aromas, flavors and textures
Cooked
Wine that has been exposed to excessively high temperatures; spoiled
Corked
Wine that has been tainted with moldy smells or other obvious flaws from a bad cork
Delicate

TYPES OF BEER

Lager
The word lager is derived from the German verb “lagern”, which means: to store. During the late middle ages, before the days of refrigeration, fermentation was a hit-or-miss affair, especially during the hot summer months. To ensure a supply of beer for the summer, brewers in the Bavarian Alps stored kegs of spring brew in icy mountain caves. As the beer slowly aged, the yeast settled, creating a drink that was dark but clear and sparkling with a crisper, more delicate flavour. In 1842, lager acquired its familiar golden colour when a brewery in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia perfected a pale, bottom-fermented version of the beer. Lagers typically take more time to brew and are aged longer than ales. Lagers are best enjoyed at cooler-than-room temperature.
Bock Beer
The other bottom-fermented beer is bock, named for the famous medieval German brewing town of Einbeck. Heavier than lager and darkened by high-coloured malts, bock is traditionally brewed in the winter for drinking during the…

BEER BREWING PROCESS CHART

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MAKING OF BEER

Brewing is fundamentally a natural process. The art and science of brewing lies in converting natural food materials into a pure, pleasing beverage. Although great strides have been made with the techniques for achieving high-quality production, beer today is still a beverage brewed from natural products in a traditional way. Although the main ingredients of beer have remained constant (water, yeast, malt and hops), it is the precise recipe and timing of the brew that gives one a different taste from another. The production of beer is one of the most closely supervised and controlled manufacturing processes in our society. Apart from brewing company expenditures on research and quality control designed to achieve the highest standards of uniformity and purity in the product, the production of beer is also subject to regular inspection and review by federal and provincial Health Departments. Substances used in the brewing process are approved by Health Canada. On average, a batch of be…