Buying Guide For Party Wines

There are a number of wines that pair well with a variety of party foods. Antique Wine Company helps consumers choose the proper wines for small gathers and huge events.

The Best White Wines

Muscadet Wine

A Muscadet is a wine that is manufactured in France in the Lorre Valley. The wine is a crowd pleaser because it can be consumed while it is young. The favor of the wine is quite delicious; it is made with many melons and tropical fruits, so it has a pleasant, tart taste. Most people appreciate that a Muscadet wine has less alcohol and is drier than other white wines.

Pinot Grigio Wine

Any Pinot Grigio wine from Italy makes a great party wine. The beverage is often served at classy events because it has a smooth lemon flavor. Because Pinot Grigio wines contain ripe fruit and plenty of acids, most people request several glasses during elegant gathering. This is why it is best to buy this wine in bulk.

The Best Red Wines

Portuguese Wine

Portuguese red wine is tough to find in many locations. It is a popular beverage because it has a dry, rich, earthy flavor. The wine is made from a variety of grapes, raspberries, and blackberries. Manufacturers also use herbs, peppers, and chocolate fondue to give the beverage unique flavor notes. When consumers buy Portuguese wines from AWC, they request beverages from the Douro region.

Beaujolais-Villages Wine

Beaujolais-Villages wines are French wines. They can be sipped easily since they have soft, fruity flavors. At Antique Wine Company, AWC experts always recommend the youngest bottles.

Bonus Advice – AWC Shopping Considerations

When shopping for party wines, try to keep the costs at around $10 to $15. However, if the wine will be served at a classy event, buy a wine that is in a higher price range.

Charges Dropped Against Raper Facing Life Sentence

Rapper Brandon Duncan, better known as Tiny Doo, was previously faced with nine felony charges stemming from a series of shootings. His connection to the crimes was based from an obscure California law and if convicted, Duncan would have faced life in prison.

Duncan was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony because he had released a rap album that, according to prosecutors, promoted gang activity. Proposition 21, a law passed in 2000, stated that a person was guilty of conspiracy if they “promoted, benefit from, or assisted” in criminal activity. Duncan’s 4album, “No Safety,” featured a photograph of a pistol with an open chamber, revealing bullets.

Duncan didn’t reach the success and acclaim that he had aspired to reach. Only 100 copies of the album were made. While a few of the albums were sold, Duncan gave most of the copies to friends and family members.

A series of shootings occurred. One of the assailants reportedly had a copy of “No Safety” at the time of his arrest. Prosecutors found the discovery to be enough to bring charges of conspiracy. Duncan, who had no criminal history, was arrested and given a $1 million bail, which was later reduced.

He was released from jail more than six months later. The initial charges left many, including Ricardo Guimaraes BMG to wonder about the protections that would be offered to writers and music artists.
Charges against Brandon Duncan were dropped on March 16, years after the shootings took place.

Condiments Used as Burn Treatment by McDonald’s Workers

Anyone who works in a kitchen is well aware that burns or cuts will happen. It’s a job hazard that happens to everyone from home cooks to professional chefs. Most injuries will be minor and most will have access to appropriate medical treatment so the injury can be treated immediately.

Even McDonald’s workers have access to medical treatment for burns, but the treatment may be unconventional. Employees who get a minor burn at McDonalds’s are advised to apply a condiment to it. Mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise are good on hamburgers, but were never intended to be used as salve for burned skin.
Restaurants are required to have a first aid kit on premise for those times when a minor injury occurs. But the kit does little good if it’s locked up in a manager’s office and workers don’t have access to it.
Susan McGalla says that most burns occur because management is riding workers to work faster and/or the conditions are unsafe. Top that off with not having first aid cream and bandages available to treat the inevitable burns and being told to apply a condiment to stop the burning and you have the life of a McDonald’s fry cook. The job also pays less than $9 an hour if anyone is interested.

Skout’s CEO, Christian Wikilund On How To Make Your Social Networking App a Success

In the rapid and ever-changing world of apps, Skout is considered an old timer.
Having launched in 2007, the mobile social network has only recently seen customer growth skyrocket over the past 18 months. Last year, Skout only acquired 100,000 users a month. But now that number has spiked to 1 million.

“Part of the key to Skout’s success has been the serendipitous nature of service” says Skout CEO, Christian Wikilund.

Unlike most dating sites, Skout allows users to randomly chat with strangers in the areas, as opposed to one-on-one communication. It’s built on the premise that people want to chat with and meet people nearby. The mobile social network uses geocentric technology to locate itself and determine whose half a mile within your area.

While the app is free, Skout generates revenue through its freemium model. Users can pay for an ad-free version or virtual currency, which can be used to buy gifts, boost profile status, and get more data on who’s been checking you out.

The app is expected to see a tenfold growth in customers with a current base of tens of millions of users. Wikilund says if he had to do it all over again here are the strategies he’d follow.

Focus on the Product

Your app should be fun, simple, and useful, says Wikilund. While consumers can choose from millions of apps, not every app effectively serves a need and keeps their users satisfied.

To keep consumers happy, he routinely kicks out 40,000 people a month for unacceptable social behavior.

“I have a zero-tolerance policy on douchebaggery” says Wiklund, in the effort to maintain a fun experience for every user.

Launch Early

Wikilund says it’s important to get the product out as quickly as possible, and not to worry about every single feature for the app. As long as the core service of the product keeps people wanting to come back, you can add features based on user feedback.

Use Analytics

Wiklund believes analytics are key to growth and success. He says companies need to mine data on consumers to see how they’re using the app. These insights drive improvements, benefiting both customer acquisition and retention. He adds not to “worry about getting 100,000 users…” but to start with acquiring “1,000 and see how they use it”.

Every time Skout releases a new version, Wiklund sees a huge spike in usage.

Market Later

While marketing is important, it should be added while your product is out as opposed to during the development process, Wikilund says.
Never lose sight on what’s important: the development of the app and the product. If the product lacks quality, users won’t be users for long. After your app grows, you always buy users, he says.

Again, it’s all about providing a product that people like. If they like it, chances are they’ll tell their friends and marketing will happen by itself.

“If you launch a product that’s fun, then you have a good foundation to make something happen,” says Wikilund.

The Dorchester Collection: Portfolio of Luxurious Hotels

The Dorchester Collection of hotels is synonymous with palatial. Established in 2006, the hotels exude opulence as a formidable luxury brand. Since the purchase of the original hotel and collection namesake in 1986, The Dorchester has been used as the flagship and representation of the standard. Each of the ten hotels was handpicked charting a path of dominance in the industry for owners including founder Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei.

Expectations for additions are in the works according to CEO of The Dorchester Collection, Christopher Cowdray. With hotels in London including The Dorchester, Coworth Park and the property at 45 Park Lane, the collection solidified its presence in the United Kingdom. Each hotel is an example of the five stars rating of The Dorchester Collection moniker.

The Beverly Hills Hotel was the first property in the United States purchased in 1995, which continued the path of the posh brand. With the acquisition of the magnificent New York Palace Hotel, the collection strategically laid markers in America. However, with a change in vision to a more boutique theme, the New York Palace Hotel was recently sold. There is still the swanky Hotel Bel-Air located in Los Angeles making the presence of the collection palpable.

The growth of The Dorchester Collection led it to the countries of France, Italy and Switzerland. The Le Meurice and The Plaza Athenee both acquired in 1997 continued the trajectory of its planned dominance in hospitality as the upscale choice of royalty, celebrities and moguls. Both French properties go beyond the status of hotel when they secured a distinction as palaces. Again, The Dorchester Collection continues to raise the bar in the hospitality industry.

In 2003, Italy’s Hotel Principe di Savoia located in Milan was purchased extending the reach of the collection in Europe. This was followed by a move into Rome in 2013 with an investment in the Hotel Eden. The gain of these properties saw the benefits of restaurants such as Acanto at Hotel Principe di Savoia and La Terrazza at Hotel Eden.

The Dorchester Collection took possession of the Le Richemond in Geneva. This property is only being managed and not owned as the other nine hotels are, according to the official Twitter profile. However, the same rigors to the level of detail regarding the standards for a five-star hotel still apply.

In addition, there are upscale spas and restaurants in each property, which ensure a classy experience for every guest. The well-appointed rooms with extravagant amenities and sumptuous meals are in keeping with the image and reputation of The Dorchester Collection.

The Growing Developments and Uses of Image Recognition

Companies are consistently improving the functions and abilities of advanced technology. One of the technologies that has been experiencing an increase in usage and versatility is image recognition. Image recognition is the process of identifying an object, place, logo, or anything that consumers may be interested in. After the visual cues are identified, the consumer or user is given contextual information, such as prices, reviews, and/or locations. Several apps, social networks, and websites use image recognition technology to better assist their users, give and obtain data, and provide a new, interactive type of service.

Image Recognition Enhancements
Efforts to efficiently use and improve image recognition technology have made it possible to automate processes in depicting not just individual objects of a picture, but the entire scene. Experts have developed algorithms that correctly detect and label each object in a picture or image. Over time, these algorithms are perfected even more with an increase of factual depth and stringent criteria that allows even tiny objects or blurry images to be identifiable.

With the enhanced recognition, companies have begun to explore the true possibilities of its use. While some use it for meanings or locations in pictures, others use it for face recognition, advertising, or shopping.

Slyce, or, is an innovative, leading company in image recognition technology. They have decided to revolutionize the retail industry for their business clients through visual searches and product recognition. Currently, over 6 of the top 20 leading retailers in North America work with Slyce.

The goal of recognition companies like Slyce is to help businesses and consumers be connected whenever the consumer desires. Slyce alone operates with many different divisions to achieve this goal: Pounce is a free downloadable app that allows its users to take a picture of an item that they want, compare and pay the prices, and have the product delivered to their doorstep; Craves allows the users to upload pictures of what they want and discover the best places to buy; And Drivetrain is the app development and engineering team making strides in how to further develop the technology. Recently, Slyce also obtained SnipSnap, a mobile coupon app.

Each of the algorithms used in all of the apps by different companies are rigorously designed to return close or exact matches for every image search. Image recognition technology is a great way to uncover relevant information, make purchases, and advertise. As more developments are underway, a myriad of possible uses and improvements are also becoming uncovered.

Daniel Amen and the Daniel Plan

The current world of nutrition and health has experienced a number of breakthroughs and is a far cry from what general nutrition was once understood as. Still, the current trends on healthy eating and dietary improvements nevertheless have not lost their faddish bend, and many ‘tested and proven’ diets supposedly able to ‘revolutionize one’s health’ are either duds or simply too difficult or too unappealing to keep up in the long run. 

Not only does this make eating and living a far more healthful lifestyle all but impossible, thanks to the presence of droves of processed and refined foods, and any thoughts of a more wholesome lifestyle for the overall betterment of one’s health goes down the proverbial drain. 

Meet Dr. Daniel Amen, he has nutritional plan that all-natural

Meet Dr. Daniel Amen, a nutritionist, professional psychiatrist, and best-selling author of a number of books on health, wellness and diet with a degree in medicine from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. Dr. Amen’s take on successful health and wellness, particularly his focus on partaking of nutritionally dense whole foods to combat the most basic ailments to the more decidedly harmful types of disease, is the product of 32 years of practice. 

Dr. Amen believes that a diet which comprises of immunity-boosting and neuro-protective foods can do more than just improve overall health and wellness, but can actually help to prevent and even treat or reverse the effects of some common mental disorders like chronic depression, ADHD, ADD, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Very impressive claims back by evidence. 

Dr. Amen’s specialized dietary plan, referred to as the ‘Daniel Plan’ (referring to the Biblical prophet and seer Daniel) comprises of a simplistic and holistic take on disease-preventative and restorative diet, with a primary focus on the consumption of whole grains, fresh vegetables, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids derived from seafood. But that’s not the whole of his diet plan. 

Not only is one meant to enjoy the wholesome food eaten on a daily basis, the Daniel Plan also focuses on a fulfilling and richly rewarding spiritual angle – in that dietary changes for brain health and disease prevention is just the tip of the iceberg, but that a spiritually enriching lifestyle should go along with it. Unlike fad diets that focus on one type of super-food as a ‘wonder-drug’, the Daniel Plan understands that the nutrition derived from food have to work synergistically and holistically. 

Coupled with an emotionally and spiritually fulfilling and nurturing lifestyle to truly work, the Daniel Plan is a far cry indeed from most diets that focus merely on weight loss, gorging oneself on super-foods, or counting calories and avoiding fats. If it’s a good, wholesome, and effective diet one is after – one that will drastically improve the overall quality of one’s life – then the Daniel Plan is the way to go!

Also, check out these articles by Daniel Amen on the Huffington Post… they’re great reads!

Atlanta Hawks lose 1st game in last 20.

Nobody came into the season expecting the Atlanta Hawks to become one of the best teams in the game but that’s what happened. Early season analysts had Atlanta taking the 5th or 6th seed in the Eastern Conference now that they had Al Horford back but the Hawks had different plans. Currently Atlanta sits at 40-9 on the year and they are coming off of 19 straight wins which is almost unheard of in the modern day NBA. The New Orleans Pelicans, a young up and coming team of their own, were put right in the middle of the war path and they came out determined not to let that number hit 20.

Atlanta and New Orleans crossed paths so Brian Torchin and fans everywhere got a great show. The Pelicans got their star, Anthony Davis, back onto the court and he was the engine that provided the muscle to get past Atlanta. You see, the Hawks win when they are able to go down low and simply bruise past their opponents. Al Horford and Paul Millsap are two guys that can create havoc on the block. Unfortunately for them they underestimated Anthony Davis.

Atlanta came out seemingly fatigued as they were outscored by 10 points in the first quarter. After that the Pelicans never really looked back. The two teams traded blows but it was always Anthony Davis getting the last shot in. The second year All Star put up an incredible 29 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks during his time on the court en route to a Pelican victory by 15 points.

Igor Cornelsen: Long Term Investment King

Have you ever wondered what’s the secret to success in the investment world? Well, investment adviser and top Brazilian banker Igor Cornelsen has some advice. Igor Cornelsen has a long history of chaperoning investor’s portfolio choices as well as providing the advice necessary to consistently pick winners in the stock market. According to the investment expert, the key is to have an experience and understanding of the market during the volatile years.

Igor has an impressive history with Brazilian stocks as well as extensive knowledge of the Brazilian banking industry, which he relies upon to help investors interested in investing in the Brazilian stock market. His expertise includes knowledge of Brazil’s major bank players, currency value and trading partners, to which the guru adds “when you invest in a country, you should also pay attention to their trading partners. This will give you a greater understanding of your investments, which in turn, leads to more success and profits” (Cornelsen, 2015).

Mr. Cornelsen’s philosophy is that investments should be a long term goal and not just a “fly by night” scheme. To long term investors, the goal of investing is to create profits that lasts a life time. The focus of long term investing isn’t to earn a quick profit, but to invest wisely, so you enjoy legitimate returns. This means being prepared to invest in tools that lasts for years as well as making many small investments in various tools as opposed to making just one large investment. Diversifying your investments helps offset any losses. Long term investing entails investing in companies with a long history of returns as opposed to the hot new corporation on the market. If you are committed to investing for the long haul, it is not uncommon for investors to experience gains of at least 500% or more.

Igor Cornelsen has valuable experience working in the field of investments. He has extensive experience investing in any company or commodity, and is most notable for his work in guiding investors to making more successful long term investments, including stock opportunities that can be purchased for cheap and are practically guaranteed to make money in the long haul. He is currently the proprietor of Bainbridge Inv. Inc., a company that specializes in long term investing. He also held many senior positions in several of Brazil’s major banks, before retiring in 2010. Today, he spends time in South Florida, and enjoys investing as a hobby.

Getting To Know Dr. Rod Rohrich


Many young adults have aspirations of becoming a doctor and for Dr. Rod Rohrich that desire was clearly there. The only difference was that Rod decided to use his talents to make people feel better about themselves. With the basic medical groundwork already covered, Rod made a major turn in his career by joining UTSouthwestern Medical Center. His time at the center served as an opportunity to strengthen his resolve to sharpen his skills in several areas of plastic surgery. The University of Michigan Medical Center had the benefit of his expertise where he completed a great deal of his residencies of plastic and general surgery.

Recognized For His Contribution

As an individual serving in the field of medicine the ability to be recognized by his peers was a major accomplishment. Dr. Rod Rohrich was named as one of the best doctors of Plastic Surgery in Dallas only went on to confirm his dedication. The recognition did not stop there, in fact, Rohrich went on to receive other awards, which included top plastic surgeon by his peers in Texas and the popular U.S. News & World Report. His recognition was not just about his work in the field; Rod also left his mark among students and faculty members at the UTSouthwestern Medical Center where he shared his knowledge as a distinguished professor in the field of Plastic Surgery.

Strength In Knowledge

Whether the individual was a student, faculty member or patient, author or contributor, an encounter with Dr Rohrich would translate into confidence that the good doctor was more than qualified to serve in his chosen profession. With priorities which included improving safety among the patients under his charge, Rod has zero tolerance for situations and procedures, which were considered as less than ideal. Rod shared his concerned with several of his peers through speaking engagements both locally and on a global scale.

The Doctor You Know

One of the main reasons for his success in the field of Plastic Surgery is the compassion that Rod shares with his patients. With a track record that could only be compared to that of an excellent leader, he restricts his patient interaction to specialty areas, which include liposuction, facial cosmetic surgery, Rhinoplasty, cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring. With a reputation for being the best you can be in your field, Rod strives to reflect his dedication to safe medical procedures by operating at facilities with the same goals. Patients continue to benefit from Rod’s expertise regularly as Dr Rohrich proves his commitment to them.