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Providing Range of Advantages for Hotel Beverage Service

(AUSTIN) - Austin-based Vinovium Partners, a Texas wine négociant, is pleased to be providing wine for the events and banquets group of one of the nation's most prestigious hotels, the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. The hotel joins Vinovium Partners' growing roster of hospitality clients enjoying the advantages that the négociant's kegged wines provide.

Vinovium Partners makes a wide range of wines available, with a strong emphasis on quality wines from a number of Texas wineries. As a négociant, the company will also be making carefully selected, value-priced French and Italian wines available to customers across the United States in early 2015. 

In its quest to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of bringing wine from wineries to customers, Vinovium Partners has partnered with the Netherlands-based makers of the KeyKeg, a single-use, 100% recyclable, 20-liter plastic keg that provides numerous advantages for wine buyers and servers. 

"We're proud to be providing wines in KeyKegs to the Ritz-Carlton Dallas for banquets and events at the hotel," said Craig Mayer, President of Vinovium Partners. "The KeyKeg allows for a smart, sustainable approach to storing and serving wine, and the Dallas Ritz-Carlton is on the leading edge of what we believe to be the future of wine for the entire hospitality industry." 

The KeyKeg offers a range of advantages for wine service, including: 

Less Product Spoilage and Waste: Because the wine is contained in a commercial-quality pouch sealed inside the keg, wine is protected from the exposure to light and especially air that can compromise the quality of wine. Whereas an opened bottle of wine must be consumed within days, wine in a KeyKeg will stay fresh for a minimum of 6 months after first being opened.

Ease of Use: The kegs work with a reusable quick connect / disconnect stainless steel coupler (sold separately) that works with the CO2 systems already in use in many restaurants and bars, or can be tapped using a hand pump (ideal for caterers and off-site wine service); a nitrogen or oxygen replacement system is NOT required. The KeyKeg is 100% recyclable; its design incorporates a stable foot flange and a heavy duty, plastic collar that allows up to three kegs to be stacked on top of one another in storage, without risking stability. 

Ease of Logistics: Because the KegKeys are 100% recyclable, there's no need to pay keg deposits, store, clean and sterilize, or return empty kegs. When empty, a keg is easily flattened and can be deposited with any recycling location accepting plastics.

Less Storage Space Required: Each keg carries the equivalent of 26 standard 750-ml bottles of wine, with a smaller cubic volume than two bottled-and-boxed cases of wine. 

Much Less Waste (by Weight and Volume): An empty keg weighs just 2.4 pounds; when empty, the heavy duty plastic collar (primarily used for lifting and carrying the keg) is easily unscrewed; the keg itself is easily flattened for 100% recyclability at any recycling station that accepts plastics. By contrast, the glass and corrugated required to package the 5.2 gallons of wine contained in a KeyKeg weighs nearly 30 pounds and takes up far more cubic space when disposed of than an empty, flattened KeyKeg.

The Ritz-Carlton Dallas is also the first hotel in the world to be using the KegPorter, a product marketed by another Austin-based company, WorkPlace Products, designed for use with the KeyKeg and other cylindrical-shaped kegs using standard bar fitments (beer and soft drinks).

The KegPorter is a temperature-controlled, portable refrigeration case capable of holding and transporting up to 6 KeyKegs or a similar combination of KeyKegs, beer kegs and / or soft drink cylinders. 

While the KeyKeg allows wine service from any bar system with a standard CO2 set up, the KegPorter - which is equipped with commercial grade wheels on its base for easy mobility and durability - allows for portable beverage service independent of a bar, making it ideal for outdoor events, banquets, or any other hospitality setting in which portability and convenience are required. 

"We believe the KegPorter is the ideal companion for KeyKegs, providing event and banquet managers outstanding flexibility of use for a mobile service / wine bar when setting up for their events," said Lymon Liu, Director of Banquets and Events for The Ritz-Carlton Dallas. 

For more information about Vinovium Partners keg wines, email sales@vinoviumpartners.com or call (512) 571-KEGS. More information about the entire range of company services is found on the company's website, www.vinoviumpartners.com

For further information about the KegPorter, contact Cam MacGregor via email cammacgregor@workplaceconsulting.onmicrosoft.com or by calling (310) 497-6232.

About Vinovium Partners

Contact: for media: Phil West, Orange Cone Agency

phil.west@orangeconeagency.com / 512.769.3838

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