• Graduation 2012

    Presentation of Sommelier Certificates

    Liam O' Toole

    On the 27th February, 2012, 29 Sommeliers graduated and were presented with their Sommelier Certificates by Mary O’ Callaghan, President, The Irish Guild of Sommeliers at a function in Dublin.

    During their course of study they were introduced to the study of wines, whiskies and cocktails both practically and theoretically. The course included the marriage of food and wine incorporating the elements of service, storage and tasting and their contributions towards enhancing the meal experience.

    Liam O’ Toole, Ballymore Inn, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, best taster on the course and recipient of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers gold medal which was presented by Mary O’ Callaghan , President Irish Guild of Sommeliers.


    Brian Fallon, President Restaurants Association of Ireland, Liam O' Toole, Ballymore Inn, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare being presented with the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Gold Medal by Mary O' Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers

    Liam O’ Toole, Ballymore Inn, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare gained 1st place in the overall examination and recipient of the Restaurants Association of Ireland prize  which was presented by Brian Fallon, President Restaurants Association of Ireland.

    Brian Fallon, President RAI presenting Liam O' Toole with the RAI prize of a Decanter and Mary O' Callaghan, President IGS

    Trip to Chile announced

    During the presentation Hugh Murray, Sales Director, Classic Drinks introduced Javier Paredes Legrand, Managing Director Vinedos Torreon De Paredes, Rengo, Chile who announced a trip to his vineyards and winery in Chile as a bursary open to graduates of the sommelier certificate courses and professional members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers. These fine wines from Chile are distributed in Ireland by Classic Drinks, Little Island, Cork, www.classicdrinks.ie

    In Chile Javier and his brother Alvaro make wine with grapes from their own Estate vineyards, located in Rengo, at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, in the Upper Cachapoal Valley-Rapel Region. Regno has a Mediterranean climate, with dry springs and summers, cool summery nights and alluvial, stony and well drained soils. Regno is recognised as a premium Chilean “terroir” for production of fine wines.

    Hugh Murray, Classic Drinks & Javier Paredes Legrand, Vinedos Torreon De Paredes

    Since the winery’s founding in 1979, there has been one clear and guiding principle that has been handed down from generation to generation – a good wine can only be produced from fruit coming from top quality vines. This winery has achieved notable status thanks to its strong family tradition in wine-making which is present in all aspects of operations.Irish Guild of

    Sommelier Graduates 2012 with Mary O’ Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers & Brian Fallon, President Restaurants Association of Ireland.

    Irish Guild of Sommeliers & Restaurants Association of Ireland Group L/R Emmet Fitzgerald, Andrew O' Gorman, Karen McBride, John Rigby, Mary O' Callaghan, Brian Fallon, Catherine Griffith, Lisa O' Doherty, Oliver Murtagh, Adrian Cummins.

    Sommelier Graduates

    • Thanks to the following companies who provided wines/spirits free of charge for the IGS/RAI course: Searsons, FEBVRE,Treasury Wine Estates, Gleeson incorporating Gilbeys, Dalcassian Wines and Spirits, Classic Drinks, Edward Dillon and Co. Ltd., Nash Wines, Barry and Fitzwilliam Ltd.,Cooley Distillery Plc, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.

    The next course commences on 24th September,2012

  • Rhone Valley/Inter Rhone

    Rhone Valley Wine Tasting

    Linda Field  from Inter Rhone gave an excellent presentation and tasting of Rhone Valley wines on Tuesday 6th March, 2012 at the United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,2 for members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.

    Linda was introduced by Guild President, Mary O’ Callaghan stating that it was a great privilege to have her here this evening to give a presentation and tasting of Rhone Valley wines. She lives and works near Avignon and also travels as an Ambassador for Rhone wines.

    Mary O’ Callaghan, Wine Studies Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin,1 and President Irish Guild of Sommeliers along with Tom Kelly, Cork Institute of Technology were on a very extensive visit to the Rhone Valley during February,2012.

    The presentation was covered under the following headings:

    1.The Rhóne Valley – some figures

    2.AOC The Rhone Valley

    3.AOC Cóte du Róhne

    The Southern Cóte du Rhóne

    The Northern Cóte du Rhóne

    4, Perfect matches with dishes

    Pyramid

    1.Les Crús (16) – 8 Northern & 8 Southern Rhone

    VDN (2)

    2.Cóte du Rhóne Villages with names of commune (17)

    3.Cóte du Rhóne Villages

    4.Cóte du Rhóne

    The following wines were tasted:

    1. La Gerbraude, Domaine Alary, Cóte du Rhóne AC 2009 RRP €14
    1. Le Temps est venu Michel et Stephane Ogier Cótes du Rhone Villages – Plan de Dieu 2010 – RRP €16
    1. Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage AC 2010 – RRP €22
    1. Domaine Bonnerford Cote Roite AC 2007 – RRP €35
    1. L’Artemes Domaine de la Citadelle Luberon AC 2006 – RRP €18
    1. Jaboulet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise AC 2009 – RRP €25

    The French also drink this wine as an aperitif.

    Rhone Vintages:

    2005 – Very good

    2007 – Very good. According to Robert Parker this was the vintage of the decade.

    2008 – Not as exciting

    2009 – Vintage of a generation according to Robert Parker

    2010 – Makers happier with it than 2009. 2010 – a fantastic year

    2011 – Like 2008 – good but not exciting.

    At the conclusion of the presentation and tasting Mary O’ Callaghan, President  Irish Guild of Sommeliers thanked Catherine Griffith, Chairperson of the tasting committee for her work on this tasting and Joan Dempsey for organising the venue. The last Guild trip to the Rhone was in 1997 as verified by Oliver Murtagh, Vice President.

    Finally Mary thanked Linda Field and presented her with an Irish Guild of Sommeliers silk scarf in appreciation from all present.

    Where to stay

    Auberage du Vin

    You can stay at Auberage du Vin a Provencal farmhouse in the middle of vineyards near Carpentras.

    We have 4 bedrooms available as chambers d’ holes with modern en suite bathrooms and a self contained gite can be rented by the week.

    All guests are welcome to enjoy the gardens and swimming pool.

    We also run wine appreciation courses in English and most evenings have a “degustation” of local wines for the guests.

    Contact: Linda Field au Christopher Hunt

    04 90 61 62 84

    384, Chemin de la Peyriere

    84380 Mazan

    info@aubergeduvin.com

    Missions

    Inter Rhône represents all the wine-growing and wine merchants in Côtes du Rhône and Rhône Valley and combines all promotional, economic and technical actions concerning AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) wines.

  • To carry out all studies and to centralise statistics thus allowing knowledge of supply and demand as well as adaptation and regulation of the supply.
  • To implement the rules for marketing and conditions of payment.
  • To study and promote all scientific and technical measures that are likely to improve the quality of the products.
  • To organise the promotion of Rhone Valley AOC wines in France and abroad.
  • Training

    Technical training :

    Wine-tasting : Initiation into and perfecting of wine-tasting skills.

    Course organised on request for all professional organisations: cooperative wine cellars, appellation syndicates…
    – Initiation into the tasting of wine using an oenological approach and a detailed knowledge of the wines of the Côtes du Rhône and the Vallée du Rhône.
    -This course is aimed at any professionals in the wine-growing and wine-producing industry, wine-growers, master cellarmen, wine storehouse masters or marketing people…
    For further information : fdijon@inter-rhone.com

    Mastering wine-producing practices – HACCP – Hygiene

    A course carried out as part of a training programme offered by the Université du Vin in Suze la Rousse, or on request for all professional organisations : cooperative wine cellars, appellation syndicates.
    – To provide all the knowledge necessary for understanding the stakes involved in food safety.
    – To allow oenological practices to be adapted to meet the health requirements of clients and consumers.
    – To acquire a methodology for defining the methods of control in each firm and to set up a system of traceability.
    For further information : www.universite-du-vin.com

    To improve the effectiveness of the bottling line.

    In collaboration with INRA of Montpellier/ Pech Rouge, Inter-Rhone proposes a training session for all operators intervening in the work of wine- from ageing to bottling-those who wish to acquire the latest knowledge in the mastering of oxygen in wine as well as new technology and methods of dosing. A training session combining the latest theoretical know-how and putting into practice on the premises. For further information : fdijon@inter-rhone.com

    Knowledge and Mastery of Oxygen in wines

    En collaboration avec l’INRA de Montpellier/Pech Rouge, Inter Rhône propose une formation destinée à tous les opérateurs intervenant dans le travail du vin – de l’élevage à l’embouteillage – qui souhaitent acquérir les dernières connaissances sur la maîtrise de l’oxygène dans les vins ainsi que les technologies et méthodes de dosage. Un stage qui allie les dernières connaissances théoriques et leurs applications concrètes sur site.
    Contact : fdijon@inter-rhone.com

    To train the future managers of the industry

    Support at the Université d’Avignon in the context of its Masters degree “Commerce International du vin”, at the ISARA de Lyon for its block-release training project for engineers in the wine-growing/making industry, at the E.S.A d’Angers and at the Université de Suze la Rousse for their training in management and wine marketing.

    Prescribers Training

    Reception at the wine cellar Côtes du Rhône :

    Training offered for members of the Côtes du Rhône and the Vallée du Rhône over several two-day sessions. Training given at the Université du Vin and organised by Routes des Vins.
    To reinforce the local network between the professionals in tourism and the members.
    To professionalize the personnel of the cellars on the techniques of welcoming, on sales and promotions at the cellar towards a tourist clientèle.
    For further information : jdebieve@inter-rhone.com


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    Press techniques :

    Training offered to members of Côtes du Rhône and Vallée du Rhône who are likely to be spokespersons on behalf of the vineyards to journalists. To communicate effectively is also : To understand how the media work, To define the role of a Press service accurately, To adapt and increase the value of our messages.
    For further information : sdelgrange@inter-rhone.com

    Future wine-waiters :

    Training given directly or through a network of appointed trainers for future wine-waiters and lecturers in French and foreign Hotel Business Schools. To refine the knowledge of our future consultants in Côtes du Rhône wines. To bring regular educational support (dotation vins, documents) to more than 400 student wine-waiters (36 schools).

    Rhône Valley Vineyards Statistics

    73 468 hectares and 6000 estates

    2nd largest French A.O.C. wine region in terms of surface area and production

    2,83 million hectoliters produced in 2010

    413 million bottles in 2009/2010

    First business activity in the Rhone Valley in terms of direct or indirect employment

    155 countries in the world drank Rhône Valley wines in 2010

    92% of wine-drinkers in France know Côtes du Rhône AOC wines

  • Cooley/Beam

    Beam Inc. 16th December,2011
    510 Lake Cook Road
    Deerfield, Illinois 60015-4964
    www.beamglobal.com
    Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World
    NEWS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACTS:
    Media Relations – Beam Investor Relations – Beam Cooley Distillery
    Clarkson Hine Tony Diaz David O’Siochain
    +1-847-444-7515 +1-847-444-7690 +353 (0) 1649 6322
    Clarkson.Hine@beamglobal.com Tony.Diaz@beamglobal.com David.Osiochain@pembrokecomms.ie
    BEAM ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE COOLEY DISTILLERY,
    AWARD-WINNING IRISH WHISKEY COMPANY
     Beam Entering Fast-Growing Irish Whiskey Category Opportunity to Leverage Beam’s Strong Distribution and Brand-Building Capabilities Award-Winning Portfolio of Irish Whiskeys Includes Kilbeggan and Connemara
    Dublin, Ireland, and Deerfield, Illinois, December 16, 2011 – Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Cooley Distillery, the award-winning independent Irish whiskey producer. The acquisition of Cooley, the industry’s only remaining independent Irish whiskey distillery, will mark Beam’s entrance into one of the spirits industry’s fastest-growing categories. The purchase price is approximately $95 million on a debt-free basis.
    Cooley owns and produces the Kilbeggan, Connemara, Tyrconnell and Greenore brands. It currently sells approximately 250,000 9-liter cases per year – divided among its brands, private label products and bulk sales to third-party customers – and has production capacity to support substantial future growth. Beam expects the acquisition to be earnings neutral in 2012 and increasingly accretive moving forward.
    “Cooley is one of only three sources for Irish whiskey, and the only independent player, so this transaction is a unique and compelling high-return opportunity to enter one of the industry’s highest growth categories,” said Matt Shattock, president and chief executive officer of Beam. “We see the opportunity to leverage our combination of scale with agility to further build consumer demand for Cooley’s award-winning brands, and to expand distribution off a relatively small base in key export markets for Irish whiskey across North America and Europe. Cooley’s brands and distilleries have a heritage that’s unmatched in the world of Irish whiskey, so they will be a great fit with our portfolio of brands with long and rich histories. We look forward to being good stewards of these iconic Irish assets. We are also eager to work with the Cooley team, led by the Teeling family, who have built Cooley with so much pride and passion, to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead.”
    John Teeling, Chairman and Founder of Cooley Distillery, said, “Beam understands whiskey. They have the culture, experience and global strength to enable the Cooley portfolio of brands to reach their potential in the fast growing
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    Irish whiskey category. The renaissance in Irish whiskey, most evident in the United States, is now spreading across the world. Through Beam, our brands, built on quality, will be introduced to a host of new consumers. I am certain that the marriage between Cooley and Beam will benefit all.”
    With both grain and malt distilleries, Cooley is able to produce a complete range of Irish whiskey styles. The company’s Kilbeggan Distillery, opened in 1757, is reputed to be the world’s oldest distillery and produces Cooley’s flagship blended Irish whiskey. Cooley’s many accolades include being named European Spirits Producer of the Year for an unprecedented four consecutive years by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (2008-2011).
    The Irish whiskey category grew 11.5% in 2010 to 4.86 million cases according to Impact Databank. The leading markets for Irish whiskey, according to Impact, are the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa and Germany.
    The transaction is structured as a tender offer in which Beam will offer Cooley’s stockholders $8.25 in cash for each outstanding share of Cooley stock. The transaction is conditioned upon holders of at least 80% of Cooley’s outstanding stock accepting the offer and other customary closing conditions. Holders of over 75% of Cooley’s outstanding stock have irrevocably agreed with Beam to tender their shares in the offer. The parties expect to complete the transaction in the first quarter of 2012.
    About Beam Inc.
    As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Teacher’s® Scotch Whisky, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Hornitos ™ Tequila, Knob Creek® Bourbon, EFFEN® Vodka, Pucker™ Flavored Vodka, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, DeKuyper® Cordials, and Skinnygirl® Cocktails. The Beam portfolio includes 10 of the world’s top 100 premium spirits brands and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,200 passionate associates worldwide generated 2010 sales of $2.7 billion on volume of 33 million 9-liter cases.
    Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.
    About Cooley Distillery
    Cooley Distillery is the award winning independent Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley Mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an award winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visit www.cooleywhiskey.com.
    Forward-Looking Statements
    This press release contains statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and include statements as to the anticipated timing of closing, the expected earnings impact of the transaction and the expected benefits of the transaction. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company does not assume any obligation to update, amend or clarify them to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the risk that the closing of the transaction may be delayed or not occur because of the failure of a closing condition; general economic conditions and credit market instability; customer
    Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World
    defaults and related bad debt expense; competitive market pressures (including pricing pressures); changes in customer preferences and trends; risks pertaining to strategic acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly financial and integration risks; any possible downgrades of the company’s credit ratings; commodity and energy price volatility; risks associated with doing business outside the United States, including currency exchange rate risks; inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the impact of excise tax increases and customs duties on distilled spirits; the status of the U.S. rum excise tax cover-over program; dependence on performance of distributors and other marketing arrangements; costs of certain employee and retiree benefits and returns on pension assets; tax law changes and/or interpretation of existing tax laws; potential liabilities, costs and uncertainties of litigation; ability to secure and maintain rights to trademarks and trade names; impairment in the carrying value of goodwill or other acquired intangible assets; disruptions at production facilities; risks related to the Home & Security spin-off; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
    © 2011 Beam Inc., Deerfield, IL
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    Beam Inc.510 Lake Cook RoadDeerfield, Illinois 60015-4964www.beamglobal.comCrafting the Spirits that Stir the WorldNEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACTS:Media Relations – Beam Investor Relations – Beam Cooley DistilleryClarkson Hine Tony Diaz David O’Siochain+1-847-444-7515 +1-847-444-7690 +353 (0) 1649 6322Clarkson.Hine@beamglobal.com Tony.Diaz@beamglobal.com David.Osiochain@pembrokecomms.ieBEAM ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE COOLEY DISTILLERY,AWARD-WINNING IRISH WHISKEY COMPANY Beam Entering Fast-Growing Irish Whiskey Category Opportunity to Leverage Beam’s Strong Distribution and Brand-Building Capabilities Award-Winning Portfolio of Irish Whiskeys Includes Kilbeggan and ConnemaraDublin, Ireland, and Deerfield, Illinois, December 16, 2011 – Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Cooley Distillery, the award-winning independent Irish whiskey producer. The acquisition of Cooley, the industry’s only remaining independent Irish whiskey distillery, will mark Beam’s entrance into one of the spirits industry’s fastest-growing categories. The purchase price is approximately $95 million on a debt-free basis.Cooley owns and produces the Kilbeggan, Connemara, Tyrconnell and Greenore brands. It currently sells approximately 250,000 9-liter cases per year – divided among its brands, private label products and bulk sales to third-party customers – and has production capacity to support substantial future growth. Beam expects the acquisition to be earnings neutral in 2012 and increasingly accretive moving forward.“Cooley is one of only three sources for Irish whiskey, and the only independent player, so this transaction is a unique and compelling high-return opportunity to enter one of the industry’s highest growth categories,” said Matt Shattock, president and chief executive officer of Beam. “We see the opportunity to leverage our combination of scale with agility to further build consumer demand for Cooley’s award-winning brands, and to expand distribution off a relatively small base in key export markets for Irish whiskey across North America and Europe. Cooley’s brands and distilleries have a heritage that’s unmatched in the world of Irish whiskey, so they will be a great fit with our portfolio of brands with long and rich histories. We look forward to being good stewards of these iconic Irish assets. We are also eager to work with the Cooley team, led by the Teeling family, who have built Cooley with so much pride and passion, to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead.”John Teeling, Chairman and Founder of Cooley Distillery, said, “Beam understands whiskey. They have the culture, experience and global strength to enable the Cooley portfolio of brands to reach their potential in the fast growingCrafting the Spirits that Stir the WorldIrish whiskey category. The renaissance in Irish whiskey, most evident in the United States, is now spreading across the world. Through Beam, our brands, built on quality, will be introduced to a host of new consumers. I am certain that the marriage between Cooley and Beam will benefit all.”With both grain and malt distilleries, Cooley is able to produce a complete range of Irish whiskey styles. The company’s Kilbeggan Distillery, opened in 1757, is reputed to be the world’s oldest distillery and produces Cooley’s flagship blended Irish whiskey. Cooley’s many accolades include being named European Spirits Producer of the Year for an unprecedented four consecutive years by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (2008-2011).The Irish whiskey category grew 11.5% in 2010 to 4.86 million cases according to Impact Databank. The leading markets for Irish whiskey, according to Impact, are the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa and Germany.The transaction is structured as a tender offer in which Beam will offer Cooley’s stockholders $8.25 in cash for each outstanding share of Cooley stock. The transaction is conditioned upon holders of at least 80% of Cooley’s outstanding stock accepting the offer and other customary closing conditions. Holders of over 75% of Cooley’s outstanding stock have irrevocably agreed with Beam to tender their shares in the offer. The parties expect to complete the transaction in the first quarter of 2012.About Beam Inc.As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Teacher’s® Scotch Whisky, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Hornitos ™ Tequila, Knob Creek® Bourbon, EFFEN® Vodka, Pucker™ Flavored Vodka, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, DeKuyper® Cordials, and Skinnygirl® Cocktails. The Beam portfolio includes 10 of the world’s top 100 premium spirits brands and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,200 passionate associates worldwide generated 2010 sales of $2.7 billion on volume of 33 million 9-liter cases.Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.About Cooley DistilleryCooley Distillery is the award winning independent Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley Mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an award winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visitKilbeggan Irish Whiskey - The worlds best blended Whiskey www.cooleywhiskey.com.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and include statements as to the anticipated timing of closing, the expected earnings impact of the transaction and the expected benefits of the transaction. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company does not assume any obligation to update, amend or clarify them to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the risk that the closing of the transaction may be delayed or not occur because of the failure of a closing condition; general economic conditions and credit market instability; customerCrafting the Spirits that Stir the Worlddefaults and related bad debt expense; competitive market pressures (including pricing pressures); changes in customer preferences and trends; risks pertaining to strategic acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly financial and integration risks; any possible downgrades of the company’s credit ratings; commodity and energy price volatility; risks associated with doing business outside the United States, including currency exchange rate risks; inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the impact of excise tax increases and customs duties on distilled spirits; the status of the U.S. rum excise tax cover-over program; dependence on performance of distributors and other marketing arrangements; costs of certain employee and retiree benefits and returns on pension assets; tax law changes and/or interpretation of existing tax laws; potential liabilities, costs and uncertainties of litigation; ability to secure and maintain rights to trademarks and trade names; impairment in the carrying value of goodwill or other acquired intangible assets; disruptions at production facilities; risks related to the Home & Security spin-off; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.© 2011 Beam Inc., Deerfield, IL# # #

    12/4/2012

    Lord Henry Mountcharles with his own brand 'Slane Castle' whiskey

    Lord Henry Mountcharles with his own brand – Slane Castle Whiskey

    A DECISION by the new owners of Cooley Distillery not to supply whiskey to independent operators has been slammed as “anti-competitive” by Slane Castle owner Lord Henry Mountcharles.

    An angry Mountcharles said he had to cut short a US marketing trip for his own-label brand when he discovered that the international Beam group would not sell him any more whiskey.

    “It is not what they have done, it’s the way they did it. It feels like we’ve been cut off at the knees,” he said.

    Success

    Former Cooley director Willie McArthur, who is working in a marketing role for Beam — producers of the Jim Beam bourbon brand — said the own-label sellers were unwitting victims of the “runaway” success of Irish whiskey.

    “The speed at which sales are growing caught everybody by surprise, including the new owners of Cooley. They have done a full review and the sales people say we may need more whiskey than we actually have.

    “We aim to create another Jameson — we are thinking at that kind of level. We have to make sure we do not run out of whiskey in three years’ time,” he said, explaining that this potential shortage explained the abrupt nature of the withdrawal.

    He added: “We have contracts with a few customers but most, like Lord Henry, would just place orders as required and we cannot accept new orders.”

    Slane Castle Irish Whiskey was launched in 1999, targeting the premium US market, with Irish prices of €50 a bottle.

    “We were about to sign a large distribution deal in the US when we learned our supplies would be cut off,” Mountcharles said

    “I told Beam I regard their actions as anti-competitive. Wewon‘t take this lying down and I’m considering whether it could be referred to the Competition Authority.”

    “I have a lot of sympathy for Henry and the other producers,” Mr McArthur said. “Unfortunately, they were getting their supplies from people who now don’t have enough.

    “I don’t see how it can be anti-competitive when there are other distillers who could supply. In Cooley, we would sell to anybody who could pay and who we thought had a reasonable chance of success. But those days are gone.”

    In practice, that means just Irish Distillers and Bushmills — now owned by Diageo — could potentially supply but both have been reluctant to sell stocks.

    William Grant, the new owners of Tullamore Dew, is considering building a new distillery to ensure sufficient stocks.

    “It is incredibly difficult to source supply,” added Mountcharles.

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese & Parma Ham

    DISCOVER THE ORIGIN: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese & Parma Ham

    Today in Ireland, we have never been more attuned to where and how our food and drink are being sourced, and never more interested in the traditions behind the production process. Food writer and consultant, Aoife Carrigy along with Fleishman Hilliard  has thus launched the Discover the Origin campaign which unites a delicious fusion of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products: Parma Ham & Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese.

    Each product in the Discover the Origin campaign is unique to the region in which it is produced and celebrated the world over for its flavours, history and traditions.

    Discover the Origin Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese & Parma Ham master classes are taking place across the country during the dates shown below:

    Date Venue County Time
    12th March Radisson Blu Galway 11am
    23rd April River Lee Hotel Cork 11am
    21st May Savoy Hotel Limerick 11am

    Register for one of these master classes FOR FREE by return email  to info@rai.ie

  • The Guild

    The Irish Guild of Sommeliers

    Written by Emmet Fitzgerald, Trustee, The Irish Guild of Sommeliers

    The Guild was formed in 1958 and is affiliated to A.S.I, the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. Its main aims are:

    To promote amongst its members a greater knowledge of and interest in wines and their service.

    To arrange educational and cultural activities to this end.

    To promote business, social and friendly functions amongst members.

    In pursuit of those aims, the Guild has a range of courses to help members develop their knowledge and practical skills. It arranges regular tutored tastings in Ireland and visits to the various wine producing countries abroad. It organises regional and national competitions as well as encouraging and assisting members to take part in national and international competitions and events organised by leading wine companies, at which the Guild has represented Ireland on numerous occasions and is highly regarded, in this field.

    We issue periodic notices of the various activities arranged by the Guild and we hope that you will take full advantage of the opportunities to meet regularly with like minded wine lovers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

  • Cocktails at RDS

    L/R Paul Lambert, Kevin Behan both Edward Dillon and Co. Ltd, Shane Quigley, Long Island Bar, Cork winner of the 150th Anniversary Bacardi Cocktail Competition  sponsored by Edward Dillon and Co. Ltd and run by the Bartenders Association of Ireland at the RDS on 21st Feburary,2012, Alan Kavanagh, Edward Dillon and Co. Ltd and member of the Bartenders Association of Ireland and Declan Byrne, President Bartenders Association of Ireland.

    Oliver Murtagh, Vice President, The Irish Guild of Sommeliers was score keeper for this competition and was one of the judges at the National Flairtending competition on 20th February also sponsored by Edward Dillon and Co. Ltd.

  • Hospitality Expo

    Visit The Irish Guild of Sommeliers stand at Hospitality Expo – RDS, 20th, 21st & 22nd Feburary,2012

    Hospitality 2012 - Food Service Industries Exhibition - RDS, Dublin 20-22 February 2012

    Oliver Murtagh, Vice President & Andrew O' Gorman, Secretary, The Irish Guild of Sommeliers at the Irish Guild of Sommeliers information stand at Hospitality Expo in the RDS on 22nd February,2012

  • Whiskey Tasting

    Irish Whiskey Tasting

    Date: Thursday March 15th, 2012

    Venue: Against The Grain, Wexford Street, Dublin

    Starting Time: 7:30pm

    Tickets: €20 in advance from The Celtic Whiskey Shop. Numbers Limited. ally@celticwhiskeyshop.com


  • Portuguese Tasting

    Portuguese Tasting

    Grace Campbell Wines

    Monday 13 February at United Arts Club

    Kevin O’Hara founded Grace Campbell Wines in 2003 and is the biggest importer of exclusively Portuguese wines, with a portfolio of over 80 wines, including Port and dessert styles.  Grace Campbell wines are available in independent wine shops, including  Redmond’s; Donnybrook Fair; Fallon & Byrne; The Corkscrew; O’Brien’s; Sweeney’s Glasnevin, McCabe’s and O’Donovan’s, Cork as well as top restaurants such as Patrick Guilbaud, The Cellar Restaurant Merrion Hotel, L’Ecrivan, Thornton’s and Neven Maguire’s MacNean House, Cavan.

    Wines tasted

    Prova Régia  2010 Arinto Vinho Regional Lisboa  12.5%

    A fresh and juicy, dry white with stone fruit and citrus flavours, finishing with a tangy, minerally edge.  The cool nights in these coastal Lisbon vineyards help retain a wonderful crispness in this 100% Arinto wine.  A good alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling.

    Quinta da Lixa Alvarinho 2010, Minho 12.5%

    Fragrant ripe citrus and floral notes, balanced by lemony acidity with a long mouth watering aftertaste.  The perfect match for shellfish.

    Pegos Claros 2008, Palmela DOC 14%

    Produced from the Castelao grape (Periquita), this elegant red is full of ripe, dark, cherry fruits and has a smooth, textured structure.  The grapes are foot trodden in lagares and the wine is aged for 8 months in French oak casks and two years in bottle before release.  This wine and the Prova Régia above are the top selling red and white Portuguese wines in Ireland.

    Quinta do Mondego 2007, Dao DOC 13.5%

    A blend of  Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional that gives a deep colour, an intense dark berry and plum fruit flavour with underlying spice.  Elegant and smooth.  Will improve for at least another three years.

    Monte da Peceguina 2010, Alentejo DOC 14%

    Luis Duarte, one of Portugal’s best winemakers, produces this red for the Soares family. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it has raspberry hints on the nose and a well balanced palate of generous fruit, freshness and tannins.  Will keep for another ten years.  The quirky labels are designed each year by the Soares children!

    Meandro 2009, Douro DOC 14%

    Five Port grapes make up the blend in this still youthful, robust red.  Full of dark plum, blackberry, coffee and vanilla flavours, with firmly structured tannins.  Dense and complex, it will improve with age although is drinking well now. Opens up well in glass, so it is worth decanting for a few hours.

    Tasting Notes: Catherine Griffith