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did you know 1

• 20 million acres are planted for grapes worldwide.
• Among the world's fruit crops, wine grapes rank#1 in number of acres planted?
• 164 countries import California wines.
• 30 million gallons of wine were lost in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Phylloxera was first discovered in California on 14 august 1873
• It takes 5 years to harvest a commercial crop from newly replanted grape vines.
• 10,000 varieties of wine grapes exist worldwide.
• It cost 80 cents per bottle to age wine in a French oak barrel.
• It cost 2.25$ per bottle to age wine in only new French oak barrels.
• The first known reference to a specific wine vintage is mentioned in roman history rated 121 B.C. as a vintage “of the highest excellence.
• A bottle of opened wine stored in the refrigerator lasts 6-16 times longer than it would if stored at room temp?
• There are 400 oak species available
• Only 20 are used in making oak barrels.
• 5% of an oak tree is suitable for making high grade wine barrels.
• 5…

liqueurs facts

This liqueur was invented in 1797; it soon gained popularity amongst the fairer sex. It was also one of the first liqueurs to be advertised. However its manufacture was always shrouded in controversy due to one of its ingredients, wormwood to be precise. It was subsequently banned in many countries. Which 'Green Fairy' am I talking about?
Absinthe. Absinthe (invented by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire) was called the 'La fee verte' because of its colour. It gained instant notoriety because of the 'Absinthe murder' (One Mr. Lanfray, supposedly after having two shots of Absinthe, become so intoxicated and killed his wife). It was banned in the U.S of A in 1912 and this ban was followed by many other countries.

The liqueur gets its name from a Jamaican 'Aunt Maria'. It is the one of the most popular coffee liqueurs in the world. What is this liqueur known as?

Tia Maria. According to legend, a young girl was separated from her family during the colonial wars. Her maid …

non alcoholic beverages

Derived from the word “Bever” which means a light repast between meals or from the French word “Boire” which means something to drink.
Alcoholic beverage is a portable liquid which contains 0.5% to 75.5% of ethyl alcohol by volume.
Non- alcoholic beverage is a potable liquid which has either no ethyl alcohol in it or the alcohol percentage is less than 0.5% by volume.
POPULAR NON- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES INCLUDE:•    Hot Drinks- tea and coffee are the two most popular drinks in India. Teas being the national drink and coffee the second most popular drink in India, more so in South India.
•    Cold Drinks- Lassi is the most popular drink in India. It can be served sweet or salted with lots of ice and is very refreshing during summer. Iced tea and cold coffee are also gaining popularity in India. Nimbupani is also very popular and can be served sweet or salted and at times water is replaced with carbonated water (fresh lime soda- sweet or salted). Jeerapani or ja…

Bar frauds

Types of BAR Frauds Frauds by customer Customer walking without paying The primary kind of customer fraud is customers walking out without paying their checks. However, customers may also cheat an establishment by a number of other methods. They may claim that the food was unsatisfactory and thus indicate (usually the manager or host will make the suggestion) that they will not pay for it. Bringing foreign article Another possibility, which has occurred frequently, is for customers to indicate that their food contained some foreign matter, such as glass or china, or even an insect (perhaps even brought in by the complaining customers). Customer making unnecessary complaints Complaints are generally made to the waiter or waitress, who should in turn call the manager or host to solve the problem. Since there is always the possibility that the events did in truth occur, the normal policy is to grant free drinks or dinners to the guests to avoid embarrassment, to prevent possible l…

Clearing the oats confusion

We hear and read a lot about oats being a natural weight loss food. Oats do help in reducing hunger as the soluble fibre in oats fills you up by creating gels. The gels delay stomach emptying, so you feel full longer, which helps with weight loss. Eating a bowl of oatmeal in the morning can easily help you increase your intake of whole grains too.

But there is also confusion regarding which oats to buy/eat because there are:
1)oat bran; 2)rolled oats; 3)quick oats and 4)instant oats available. Cooking time and texture are the only differences among the varieties.

Oat bran is the bran of the oat grain. It is the outer layer of the oat kernel, where much of the fibre and many of the nutrients reside. Oat bran contains the same nutrients and fiber found in whole oats but they are more concentrated. Rolled oats contain the bran along with the rest of the oat kernel. Rolled oats are steamed and flattened between steel rollers, so they take about five minutes to cook. Quick oats a…