Archive for March 2015

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.