Hans William Henry Irvine (2nd August 1856 – 11th July 1922) was an Australian politician and vigneron.
Irvine’s wealth grew as he invested in various enterprises, including land, mining, and viticulture. In 1888, having sold his interest in the printing trade, he bought the Great Western vineyard and some grazing land, and acquired more land near Arawatta. He travelled to Europe in 1891 to learn French wine-making practices and investigate the possibilities of a British export market.
Irvine became influential in the wine business in the area, buying two thirds of local produce in the early 1890s and distilling a considerable amount into brandy. He had 250 acres of storage under the Great Western vineyard as well as Melbourne cellars and a London depot.
While Irvine’s success grew, the Victorian wine industry was struggling. He suggested a conference in 1894 to discuss problems in the industry and supported moves to establish American root-stocks, which were resistant to phylloxera, into Victoria. He was the first president of the Viticultural Society of Victoria in 1905; he also produced the ‘Report on the Australian Wine Trade’ in 1892 for the Victorian minister for agriculture.
On 2 August 2007, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) officially declaring September 2007 “National Bourbon Heritage Month” marking the history of bourbon whiskey. Notably, the resolution claims that Congress declared bourbon to be “America’s Native Spirit” in its 1964 resolution. The 1964 resolution, however, does not contain such a statement per se; it only declares that bourbon is a distinctive product identifiable with the United States in the same way that Scotch is identifiable with Scotland.
On 4 May 1964, the U.S. Congress recognized Bourbon Whiskey as a “distinctive product of the United States,” creating the Federal Standards of Identity for Bourbon. Federal regulations now stipulate that Bourbon must meet these requirements:
Bourbon must be made of a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
Bourbon must be distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume).
Bourbon must be 100% natural (nothing other than water added to the mixture).
Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Bourbon which meets the above requirements and has been aged for a minimum of two years, may (but is not required to) be called Straight Bourbon.
Bourbon aged for a period less than four years must be labelled with the duration of its aging.
In practice, almost all bourbons marketed today are made from more than two-thirds corn, have been aged at least four years, and do qualify as “straight bourbon”, with or without the “straight bourbon” label. The exceptions are inexpensive commodity brands of bourbon aged only three years and pre-mixed cocktails made with bourbon aged the minimum two years.
On August 2nd, 1999 the Malt Whisky Centre opened at Benromach, Scotland to visitors around the world. Situated in the old Drier House, this attractively wood panelled ‘heritage’ room is dedicated to the story of malt whisky, the whisky producing regions of Scotland, Benromach Distillery and the history of Gordon and MacPhail.
Today August 2, 2004, Oregon Seattle-based Pyramid Breweries, Inc. announcing that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the brewing and brewery-restaurant assets of Portland-based Portland Brewing Company.
In the transaction, Pyramid acquired Portland Brewing’s brewery and brewery restaurant assets for total consideration of approximately $4.2 million, consisting of a combination of assumed liabilities, cash, and unregistered Pyramid common stock. The terms of the transaction also include a 5-year earn out which may result in additional payments to Portland Brewing Company based on sales of Portland Brewing brands during the earn-out period. Investors of the Portland Brewing Company will continue to be eligible for their daily free pint for a period of three years.
Pyramid Breweries Inc. intends to invest in the Portland Brewery and increase production from current levels. The restaurant at the Brewery is to be renamed the MacTarnahan Taproom as a tribute to ‘Mac’ MacTarnahan, the inspiration for the beer
The Movimento Turismo del Vino (Wine Tourism Movement) is an association created in 1993 that has encouraged Italian wineries to open their doors to visitors: Italy has now become the country of “Cantine Aperte,” the annual event organanised by MTV on the last Sunday of May. MTV is a non-profit association with the aim of promoting wine tourism and improving the wine areas’ image and prestige, as well as their economic development. MTV wants to stand for protection of the environment and for quality agriculture; promoting a natural life-style that puts the visitor at the centre of attention. Among the almost 900 members of the Association are some of Italy’s most prestigious wineries, selected on the basis of very precise characteristics, first of which are their high quality of visitor hospitality.
The Wine Tourism Movement aims at fulfilling the expectations of all guests by offering itineraries, information, emotions and discoveries; as the motto of the association goes: “see what you drink”.