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UK Wine Drinker Hazel Rigazio Has 2,015 Naked Wines’ Customers To Thank For Winning A Winemaking Trip To Mclaren Vale, South Australia

UK wine drinker Hazel Rigazio has 2,015 Naked Wines‘ customers to thank for winning a winemaking trip to McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Naked Wines, along with bbcgoodfood.com and the Government of South Australia, ran a competition throughout September challenging customers to come up with a new name for a wine, with Hazel’s entry Botanically Blessed winning the lions share of the public vote.

“I asked all of my friends to vote for my entry, but I never imagined I’d get 2,015 votes let alone win the competition, I’m absolutely astounded! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves, live the life of a winemaker, and blend my very own wine” explained Hazel.

Hazel, from Mersyside, will spend a week working alongside Naked Wines’ producer Jock Harvey at his family-run winery Chalk Hill, and if all goes according to plan, customers will see her tipple Botanically Blessed for sale in the UK on the Naked site.

“We had over 5,000 entries in total, with some really strong contenders – and some pretty ropey and inappropriate ones too!” explained Rowan Gormley, Founder of Naked Wines. “ But putting it to the public vote made it easy to pick the winner. We use our most interactive customers to help us select our wines, and it made sense to do the same with the competition.”

With the second most popular entry (ade-get-laide) receiving 433 votes, Hazel’s entry was the outright favourite.

Other entries included Didgeribooze, Down Wonder, Aussie Drools and Not for the Sheilas, with one entrant including a label design of his naked girlfriend posing strategically inside a six-bottle box (Robert Young Photography).

Hazel’s trip will include a stay on Kangaroo Island, a tour of Adelaide and numerous cellar-door tastings. And to find out how Hazel gets on, you can follow her blog at http://www.nakedwines.com/auscomp.

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Beer Universe Announces Enhanced Beer Recommendations

Beer Universe, Inc. (Beer Universe or the “Company”), a social media / e-commerce website that revolutionizes the beer marketplace and community for beer enthusiasts of all ages, has announced the enhancement of its Beer Recommendation system. The Company believes that its new algorithm will allow users to truly get better recommendations of beers that they will want to try.

“Utilizing the principles of collaborative filtering, Beer Universe is able to accurately predict the variety of beers a user may enjoy,” said Angel Rivera, lead developer on the project. He continued “We firmly believe that our recommendation system is the best out there and will continue to make Beer Universe the best beer social network on the Internet.”

With the vast amount of beers available, it is often overwhelming for users to select new beers that they have not previously consumed. There are many different styles of beer that are available today, including:

•  Pilsners

•  Lagers

•  Bocks

•  Ales

•  Meads

Each of these categories can be broken down even further (IPA’s, Belgium Ales, Lights, Darks, etc). With over 3,000 beers in Beer Universe’s database – the Company alleviates the aimless search for good beer. By utilizing the ratings system on Beer Universe, users will be able to enhance their own recommendations – the more beers a user rates, the smarter the system gets and the better the recommendations become. Users at Beer Universe can either rate / review beers in order to have it incorporated into their preferences.

The Company encourages new users to utilize the system, as reviewing more beers leads to points, which are the incentive based system on Beer Universe. The more points members accrue the more free stuff that they possibly could earn, f r o m books based on beers to flat screen televisions.

For more information, please visit http://www.beer-universe.com.

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Tequila Cocktails By Voodoo Tiki Tequila Just in Time for National Tequila Day

Feel some heat coming your way? Tequila drinkers around the world wait in anticipation as National Tequila Day (July 24th) and Mexican Independence Day (September 16th) loom right around the corner. This year, Voodoo Tiki Tequila will be introducing one-of-a-kind cocktails to spice up your night. Make the best of your National Tequila Day with the smooth, refreshing taste of the Prickly Pear Margarita or light up the sky for Mexican Independence Day with a Tiki Torch Mar-Tiki. Also be sure to spice up your life with a loved one or enjoy the warmth of a few friends by sipping on Voodoo Tiki Tequila’s Platinum Mar-Tiki.

Filled to the brim with flavor, Voodoo Tiki combines both splash and zing, making your drink more sizzling and tasteful than ever. Each bottle of Voodoo Tiki Tequila is hand blown, and is inscribed with words such as, “happiness,” “love,” and“success.” These words have been said to bring magic to the owner of the bottle.

Celebrate the holidays right, by adding some magic to your night:

Voodoo Tiki Tequila

National Tequila Day (July 24, 2009)
Prickly Pear Margarita
2 oz Voodoo Tiki Desert Rose Prickly Pear Infused Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Sour Mix
1/2 Grenadine

Rim: Salt or Sugar
Serve: Up Rocks Frozen
Garnish: Sugar Coated Lime Wheel

Mexican Independence Day (September 16, 2009)
Tiki Torch Mar-Tiki
3 1/2 oz Voodoo Tiki Anejo Tequila
1 oz Everclear or Grain Alcohol (float and ignite)
1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Rim: Sugar
Serve: Up
Garnish: Sugar Covered Lime Wedge

About Voodoo Tiki Tequila:
Voodoo Tiki Tequila is made in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico in the region known as “Corazon de los altos,” renowned for being blessed by nature with geographic features integral to the cultivation of the sweetest and largest “Agave Azul.” Voodoo Tiki Tequila offers a full range of high concept, high quality Ultra-Premium and Super-Premium hand-crafted tequila made from the highest quality 100% Weber Blue agaves aged between 10 and 12 years. Voodoo Tiki Tequila Corp. chooses only the biggest and sweetest agaves, which are baked between 26-48 hours, and to ensure the finest flavors, their tequila is distilled twice. The brand is currently sold in 23 states and 4 countries!

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Beer Universe Launches in Alpha

Beer Universe Launches! Beer Universe, Inc. (Beer Universe or the “Company”) is a new social media / e-commerce website that revolutionizes the beer marketplace and community for beer enthusiasts of all ages (over 21, of course). Beer Universe provides an unrivaled online destination for beer enthusiasts and a solution to all of their beer related needs. Through these offerings, Beer Universe is able to provide users with exposure to new brands as well as greater knowledge about their favorites – thus creating a medium to obtain more aptitude about the universe of beer.

The Company was founded in September 2007 and has been funded by the employees ever since. The company officially was incorporated in December 2008.

Beer Universe, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657

Key Facts
o Founded: September 2007
o Incorporated: December 2008
o Employees: 4
o Status: Private

Product Highlights
o Beer, Bar, Brewery Profiles
o Groups / Forums
o Beer Recommendations
o Beer / Beer Related Articles
o Biweekly Newsletter
o Beer of the Week
o Universal Third Party Store

o Points Store for users
o Beer of the week provides new beers
from breweries across the country
o Similar beers and recommended beers
give a tailored experience to all users
o Dynamic ratings across the site
enhance the user experience
o Friends can publicly “owe” a beer to
others on the site

Initial Points Levels
o Beer Novice — 0 points
o Beer Amateur — 5,000 points
o Beer Drinker — 12,500 points
o Beer Explorer — 25,000 points
o Beer Connoisseur — 65,000 points
o Beer Aficionado — 140,000 points

Market Overview
The Beer industry landscape has undergone significant change in the past several years. Beer Universe’s market is being driven by growth in the craft brewing segment, which is expanding between 13% – 15% per year, and grew more than 20% in 2007. Similar to other industries, breweries are allocating increasing amounts of their marketing budgets to online or emerging media, which from a macro perspective is growing at approximately 20% annually, amounting to $29 billion in 2008, and is expected to grow to $40 billion in 2010.

Beer Universe provides a number of products for its user base, including:

Beer, Bar, Brewery Profiles
Information on other sites is often cluttered and difficult to sort
through. Beer Universe’s user interface was designed to eliminate this problem for our users. The Company is driven via user generated content – the more the users contribute the better the site gets!

Groups / Forums
Staying true to it’s social networking components, Beer Universe has built groups / forum capabilities. As soon as you register on Beer Universe you can peruse our forums and join groups to start a healthy discussion on beer!

Beer Recommendations
Beer Universe helps users put together beers they love by an initial
survey and subsequent ratings. The more beers you rate the better Beer Universe can help you!

Beer / Beer Related Articles
Articles with RSS feeds allow Beer Universe to help its users stay up to date with market information. Also, Beer Universe often has guest writers who share their own unique perspectives on beer!

Biweekly Newsletter
The Company’s Biweekly Newsletter highlights industry news and information and is distributed to breweries / informed consumers!

Beer of the Week
Beer Universe seeks out the best beers across the country and the world to promote to our users in order to expand their horizons. From a classic premium lager to a Belgium ale – Beer Universe provides variety on a weekly basis!

Universal Store
The Company’s universal store is comprised of products from a variety of vendors. Consumers can shop for any beer related products they want in a single location!

The Big Question: How Do Points Work?
Beer Universe’s points system creates an incentive for users to frequently use our platform. The Company has put together a system that allows users to benefit greatly from their continued use of the site. Users earn points through:

  • Adding a beer / bar / brewery
  • Writing reviews over 25 words
  • Writing quality reviews
  • Creating a group
  • Joining a group
  • Joining a quality group
What does this really mean? Beer Universe gives users points if they add a beer, bar or brewery to the system. (Beer Universe has not currently included ways for users to edit any of these in the current database, but this will be added in the near future.) In addition, users are incentivized to write reviews on beers, bars or breweries greater than 25 words. For each review a users adds to the Company’s system, they will receive 50 points. Reviews that are ranked by others as being Helpful will earn the author an additional 50 points.Beer Universe has also built incentives around Groups. The system buckets users in groups and treats each individual group as a user. Once a group reaches a minimum threshold of reviews, they will ALL receive points that will be distributed to all the members. In addition, if the group writes quality reviews – they will receive bonus points for these same reviews. Leaders of all these groups will earn a bonus for starting highly successful groups.

All point allocations to users are subject to change from time to time.

We really hope you enjoy using Beer Universe.
Your Choice. Your Beer. Drink Up.

For more information, please visit http://www.beer-universe.com.

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Old World Gourmet Received A First Place Award For Best New Gourmet Gift With Their Party In A Pitcher

They have taken their line of already consumer friendly bar mixers, put it in the actual pitcher you make it up in, gift wrapped it, and it’s ready to go! The pitchers are trimmed out with coordinating colors to match the bar mixer inside. The Margarita Pitchers are done in bright greens, the Cosmopolitans are in hot pink…..the Frozen Wine Chillers are in burgandys, sage and golds…….you get the picture. Absolutely THE Perfect Hostess Gifts.

Old World Gourmet also received First Place in the Best Snack Category for their Simply SINsational Trail Mix. They combined freshly roasted and lightly salted pecans, almonds, cashews, brazils, macadamias, pistachios, hazelnuts and peanuts and then added FRIED GREEN PEAS! Mama said………. eat your peas and what a way to eat your peas! It’s packaged in assorted bandanas tied with jute string. A great snack mix with a keepsake bandana!! This item is a great basket inclusion, perfect for Father’s Day, and can even be assembled in your favorite “GAME DAY” colors! This is simply The Best Snack in town!

Old World Gourmet has been in the business of selling frozen wine chillers for 6 years. Dan and Deanna Sullivan attribute the success of their company to the grace of God, commitment to succeed, and always exceeding our customer’s expectations. “Success for us is truly measured by our customer’s complete satisfaction.” Deanna states.

Old World Gourmet actually made its debut on September 11, 2001… (Yes that date is correct). Dan reflected back to the day the business started, “We were in Philadelphia at the National Candy Show. Certainly we will never be able to forget that day.”

Old World Gourmet will be celebrating their 6th year in business on September 11, 2007. “Our parent company “Nuts for You” started in 1996 in Florida with two products, cinnamon and sugar glazed nuts and my grandmother’s “church punch” which later became our signature “Old World Cider”. Deanna reminisced By providing a high quality line of products and designing their own packaging and marketing strategies, It is no wonder that within the last five (5) years Old World Gourmet has reached a regular customer base just over 4000. They manufacture all of their products from the actual item to the custom bags that they go into. All are hand-crafted and hand assembled one bag at a time. Merchants who have developed a working relationship with Old World Gourmet are able to take advantage of their private labeling for resellers. If there is a frozen wine cooler on the market, it likely got its start at Old World Gourmet.

Old World Gourmet has been featured in The Home Business Magazine which highlights “self-made” business individuals. Some of their products such as our Vineyard Frost and their Margarita have been featured in magazines such as Rave Reviews and Country Business. Their products can be found in locations such at The Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Tampa Airport, Orlando Airport, Hallmarks, Theme parks, Boutiques, Hospital gift shops, and hundreds of retail shops.

Excitedly Deanna announces the new line of products that just hit the market. “Our Wine @ Five Collections(TM) of frozen wine chillers is a must! The hottest NEW Frozen Wine Drinks are here. Vineyard Frost, a refreshingly different way to cool down on a hot summer day! Just add our Vineyard Frost, your favorite wine, and mix, freeze and enjoy! No blender or ice needed. We are also the home of the “BITCH BAG” Collection of frozen Wine Mixes. That’s right, the “BITCH BAG” collection! THE BITCH IS BACK and she is at Old World Gourmet! Hot off the production line from Old World Gourmet, their new “Bitch Bag Collection” is breaking record sales. The powdered mix collection consists of all the favorites, “Wine-E-Bitch”, “Bitch-ARita”, “Cosmo Bitch”, “Lemon Drop Bitch” and “Bitchy Colada”.

For a delightful and unique wine tasting party, mix with your favorite wine, freeze about 3 hours, wire whisk and instantly become the best host/hostess in town! A frozen wine way ahead of its time!

These “Bitches” are here to stay. Come on now……………… you know you WANT ONE!

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