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Corkscrew App Helps You Pick Wine; BeerDeCoder Aims to Discover Beer DNA

Plus, Wendy's is looking at a major expansion.


APPS — Corkscrew, a brand-new iOS app based in Los Angeles, wants to help oenophiles choose the right bottle of wine, reports the LA Times. The app allows users to search the complete wine lists of nearby restaurants and offers suggestions. It also offers a rating system, which helps it to learn individual tastes over time and make better choices. Other search options, with various filters, are available, as well. Corkscrew is free in the iOS app store. [LAT]

BEER HERE — BeerDeCoded, a new research project concerned with beer DNA, has a Kickstarter campaign up and running and is trying to get beer drinkers to branch out from their standard brews. Participants can nominate or send the researchers a beer, and they will "decode the beer DNA" to explore the beer diversity in the world and return results and an "experimental genomic Cicerone." Basically, BeerDeCoded is a scientific mission to study the beer composition, and then use the findings to let drinkers make better beer selections. [Kickstarter]

THE CHAINS —  Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's is looking at an ambitious expansion plan, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The burger chain wants to add 1,000 more restaurants in North America over the next five years. Major expansion into Canada may be key to reaching the goal. "The burger market is doing really well up there," Darren Tristano, executive vice president at food and beverage consulting firm Technomic, said. "Even with all of their struggles here, McDonald's was up 8 percent in Canada last year." If Wendy's is successful and can open more restaurants than it closes, it will mark the end of nearly a decade of decline. [CD]

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