Witbier from Mornington Peninsula Brewery Named Beer Of The Month!

Witbier, white beer, bière blanche, or simply witte is a style of beer brewed with a large amount of wheat malt and is commonly known for being brewed in Belgium and the Netherlands. And gets it’s white beer name from the suspended yeast and wheat proteins that make a Witbier beer look a bit hazy and white when cold.

Witbier Craft Beer

Witbier Craft Beer

Witbier descends from the medieval beers traditionally brewed without hops and were flavoured with blend of spices and plants known as gruit. However gruit is still used by micro breweries today but mainly consists of a mix of coriander, orange, orange bitter and hops making a slightly hoppy beer only.

So in our never ending search for amazing craft beers we went looking for the best Witbier in Australia and was soon travelling down to the Mornington Peninsula brewery. And choosing the right micro brewery was an important decision because we haven’t featured a Witbier craft beer before and wanted to ensure we were dealing with not only a trusted micro brewery but one that features Witbier as one of their signature craft beers.

And so without any further suspense, the Witbier selected for this months Beer Of The Month Club members is brewed by the Mornington Peninsula Micro Brewery down on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

Matt from Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Matt from Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Beer Of The Month: Mornington Peninsula Witbier
Style: Belgian Witbier
ABV: 4.7 %

Brewing Notes:
Mornington Witbier is a Belgian style wheat beer that pours a hazy pal straw colour along with a densely packed head packed full of fun. It is brewed with wheat and barley malts as well as traditional coriander and dried citrus peel thus keeping with tradition and is supported by spice and pepper notes. It creates a wonderful mix of citrus flavours with lively carbonation and a light tart finish making it a refreshing summer ale.

In conclusion, the Mornington Peninsula Witbier is a perfect craft beer to enjoy a bottle or two or as a sessional  beer in the hotter months.

Cheers,
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Corporate Gifts for Christmas Gone Wrong

It’s that time of year again when you’re searching for the best corporate gifts for Christmas; but are there any risks I should consider?

Hot Air Balloon Fire

Hot Air Balloon Fire

1. EXPERIENCE GIFTS

Experience gifts have become a popular corporate gift in Australia, but may look a lot better on paper than in reality.

For example,

Experience gifts for men

Let’s take Hot Air Ballooning as a popular corporate gift example. And on paper it sounds like a great experience for everyone while you’re gift recipient is up in the sky flying over the land and thinking about the wonderful gift you gave them. But what if something happens? Like for example the weather changes (and in Melbourne, Australia its famous for changing every 15 minutes) and your forced to land in a suburban car park? But don’t worry, the good news is in the most recent case of this happening they didn’t hit any telephone wires!? Read about it here

But a lot of people like the type of gift that gets the heart racing and trying new experiences etc – but since we’re talking about corporate gifts that can effect your career we wont be recommending it.

Experience gifts for women

Lets say you’re thinking about giving a woman a hair & beauty gift voucher for Christmas. Well before you do, stop and ask yourself the following questions, 1. Have I visited the salon previously and know what it looks like (apart from the glossy pictures on the website)? Because the third party website promoting the deal probably hasn’t. 2. Who’s in charge of cutting, coloring and blow drying my gift recipients hair? Is it the owner, head stylist or an apprentice in charge of voucher deals? And 3. What do I really know about hair & beauty treatments? Because it’s literally a minefield you’re stepping in to and one we recommend avoiding for corporate gifts for Christmas.

TIP: The first rule of corporate gifts for Christmas is..
1. Don’t take risks!
And you can probably guess what the second and third rules are with a little thing like your career or business at stake if something goes wrong.

2. HAND MADE GIFTS

We’ve all been taught it’s the thought that counts, right?

Which is true but if you’re thinking like this in relation to corporate gifts for Christmas you’re probably a very nice person but incredibly naïve! Because no-one will appreciate a home made cake under these circumstances compared with a professionally made cake delivered; or a bunch of flowers picked from your garden instead of arranging a professionally designed bunch of flowers delivered from a florist. Dont you agree?

TIP: Don’t get too creative and artsy etc with corporate gifts for Christmas (or any other time of the year) no matter how good your intentions are because the potential downside far outweighs the upside compared with giving a more traditional type of corporate gift.

3. Clothing, Shoes, Lingerie, Perfume

These items are just too personal for corporate gifts, dont you agree? Of course! Unless there’s something going on of course we dont know about or its an individual situation which might be okay. But in general these types of gifts are risky are we recommend steering clear of them.

TIP: Stick to gifts with proven success in corporate settings. And if you want to give something a bit different look for traditional type gifts with a twist.

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Remembrance Day Red Poppy Flowers

Colonel John Mcrae from the Canadian military was the first to describe the Red Poppy as the flower of remembrance.

Remembrance Day Red Poppy Flowers

Remembrance Day Red Poppy Flowers

The Red Poppy is sold and worn around the country on Remembrance Day in Australia every year on the 11th day of November because it was among the first to flower in the battlefield ruins of Northern France and Belgium in World War 1. And soldiers described the vivid red of the poppy as the blood from their fallen comrades killed and injured on the battlefield.

There are 3 reasons why Australians wear the Red Poppy on Remembrance Day.

1. To remember the dead soldiers laying in Flanders fields.

2. To keep alive the sacrifice made by these brave men and women for today’s freedoms to remind us of the cost of going to war and..

3. A bond between Allied Nations.

The Red Poppy is sold around Australia on or before November 11 every year and is about the same size and color as the Red Poppies growing in Flanders Fields with millions sold by the RSL to raise money for multiple welfare and charitable causes

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It’s Christmas Gift ideas time and what better way to celebrate than giving someone a membership to the Flower Of The Month Club where members receive a different bunch of florist designed flowers every month for 3, 6 or 12 months. It really is “the gift that keeps on giving”

 

 

 

This Months Movie Of The Month Review

This months movie of the month is Interstellar.

INTERSTELLAR Movie Of The Month

INTERSTELLAR Movie Of The Month

Interstellar is Directed by Christopher Nolan; a young 46 year Hollywood legend with 8 blockbuster movies under his belt grossing a massive 3.5 billion in box office takings and has released another epic movie with a star studded cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and cast of A grade supporting actors.

It’s a must see movie! But we’re not going to discuss it in detail in respect to our members who haven’t seen it yet and the movies Director Christopher Nolan wishes – who has repeatedly stated in interviews he doesn’t want people to know much about it before seeing it. So all we can is now is enjoy.

Movie Of The Month Club rating: 5 Stars

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The Customer is Always Right, Right?

For years we’ve heard “the customer is always right” but had this idea challenged recently and decided to blog about it for discussion and lessons learnt.

Customer service

Customer service

Let me explain. Up until a few days ago we hadn’t received a single complaint for the Flower Of The Month Club since it started over 15 months ago. In fact we had only received the opposite with numerous positive feedback thanking us for our beautiful flower arrangements and unique gift ideas. But unfortunately our perfect record ended this week after a corporate customer contacted us to complain when their monthly gift membership had expired for one of their clients and was demanding compensation.

So when I heard about this I immediately contacted our florist designer in charge of the account. And admittedly after seeing the photo of the flowers delivered it didn’t look as colorful as some of our other flower arrangements so I had questions I wanted answered. But the good news is that shortly after making the call I  remembered the flower of the month selected for this month was  antique roses that have a garden type appearance but are just as beautiful as other roses in person. So anything less than a professional photo had the potential to misrepresent the true beauty of the flowers delivered.

And so our florist designer assured me he would read through the emails we had sent him and after an hour or so contacted me back with the following feedback he had received from the gift recipient; “The flowers are beautiful and are still marvelous and wonderful a week after receiving them”, so what was the problem?

I called our customer (the Marketing manager in Melbourne, Australia) to explain what had happened and told her about the positive feedback we had received from their gift recipient and she said, “Well I’m glad but I’m still not happy and dont think we will use your service again – but i’ll consider it if you send me a similar bunch of flowers for review”. And so I agreed hoping it would be a way to fix the relationship regardless of who was right and who was wrong and when I got off the phone I organised a similar bunch of flowers to be delivered to her office.

A couple of days later I decided to give their Marketing manager a courtesy call to check if everything was okay. And the lady who answered her phone said she wasn’t at work today but as a member  of their corporate gifts committee could tell me they wouldn’t be continuing with our service anyway.

I asked if she had heard about the positive feedback we had received and she said she had but thought she was just being nice (which I agreed could be true – but later re read the glowing review we had received and didn’t think it sounded like someone who was just going through the motions if they didn’t mean it. Plus our florist designers take a lot of pride in delivering beautifully designed flower arrangements every month and on top of that we hadn’t received a single complaint in over 15 months of service).

I then asked if she had seen the flowers delivered to her Marketing manager and she said she had – but said their CEO wasn’t happy now because we had contacted their client – which I agreed in principle but explained it was just a courtesy call and that most people would appreciate this but admitted were new at handling something like this and would take her advice for review.

But the problem seemed that regardless of what I said or the effort we had gone to making our customer happy they were determined to be right so to speak by standing by their original complaint.

In conclusion: I still believe “the customer is always right” because they’re paying for the product or service. But occassionally there will be situations out of your control and as long as you’re doing everything you can to provide the best possible service the majority of people will recognise this and reward you with repeat business.

Cheers, Robert
Founder and CEO of Gift Of The Month Clubs
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Can You Pronounce Moet?

But first, who can remember Kim from the Kath and Kim show ordering a car-de-nay? It was pretty funny! But unfortunately rings true and even regular wine drinkers may not know the correct way to pronounce the below wines when ordering at restaurants.

Trump Wine List

Trump Wine List

So we decided to post the following wine pronounciation guide for casual wine drinkers wanting to learn some basics about the correct way to pronounce their favourite and most popular wine varieties. Note: Some of the below pronounciations may vary depending on international interpretations. Eg, Merlot in Australia is pronounced mer-loh but in France is pronounced mare-loh.

Ok here we go and you can test yourself by awarding one point for every corrent pronounciation. Maximum points, 17.

Brut
Pronounced broot

Cabernet Sauvignon
Pronounced cab-er-nay-saw-vee-nyon

Chardonnay
Pronounced shar-doh-nay

Chianti
Pronounced key-AHN-tee

Hermitage
Pronounced er-mee-tahj

Merlot
Pronounced mer-loh

Moet
Pronounced moh-ett

Pinot Blanc
Pronounced pee-noh-blahnk

Pinot Grigio
Pronounced pee-noh-GREE-joe

Pinot Gris
Pronounced pee-noh-gree

Pinot Noir
Pronounced pee-noh-nwahr

Riesling
Pronounced REESE-ling

Sangiovese
Pronounced san-joe-VAE-sae

Sauvignon Blanc
Pronounced saw-vee-nyon-blahnk

Semillon
Pronounced seh-mee-yohn

Spumante
Pronounced spoo-MAHN-tay

Viognier
Pronounced vee-oh-nyay

How did you go? Well if you’re like most of us you probably didn’t get 100% of the above wine names correct; but that’s okay  especially in Australia where we’re a bit more relaxed than perhaps the French would be.

TIP: if you find yourself stuck in a restaurant trying to figure out how to pronounce the name of a wine in front of people you would prefer not too; simply excuse yourself from the table, ask a waiter and return to the table with new found cofindence.

Salute!

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And The October Beer Of The Month is..

We search far and wide for hard to find craft beers  for our Beer Of The Month Club members and decided to make the journey down to the Cavalier Brewing Company.

But who’s Cavalier Brewing you might say?

Cavalier Brewing Founders

Cavalier Brewing Founders

Well Cavalier Brewing was started by three friends who love beer. No surprises there! And have quickly making their mark in the craft beer brewing industry in Melbourne, Sydney and across Australia by specializing in small batches of premium quality artisan beer “using only the finest ingredients and the greatest attention to detail”, said Heath from Cavalier Brewing.

And get this; when the Cavalier guys brewed their first batch of craft beer under the Cavalier brand they won  ‘Best Microbrewery’ and ‘Best Wheat Beer’ at a reputable Microbrewery Showcase in March 2011″ – which naturally encouraged them to keep brewing - and after renting tank space from any brewery who would give them a chance have now moved in to their own micro brewery in May 2014. Congrats Cavalier!

But even though the Cavalier Brewing brand is only a couple of years old their team have a combined two decades of experience brewing up small batches of premium craft beer and it shows.

So what did we select for our October Beer Of The Month? Drum roll.. the Cavalier Brown Ale! A flavor rich brown ale that’s a mix between a dark beer and a Pale Ale.  Enjoy!

So that’s it for this months Beer Of The Month Club until next month when we start the search again for another hard to find premium craft beer, cheers.

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