It’s a Trend! Bellangelo Continues to Earn High Marks Among America’s Best Rieslings
In November 2018, the Missick family will mark its seventh anniversary of ownership of Villa Bellangelo, and there is much to celebrate.
In an impressive run, Bellangelo earned a spot as a producer of one of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Wines in the World for 2018, and has had a series of wines in Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “Best Of,” category. Bellangelo’s Top 100 honor was its 2015 Berry Select Riesling (with a score of 94). Noted wine writer Jamie Goode, author of Wine Science, recently commented on this wine’s “amazing harmony and depth.” Other “Best Of” notations in 2018 belong to its 2015 Gibson Vineyard Riesling (91), 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (91), and a listing as one of America’s Best Sparkling Wines with a nod in the Best Buy category for its Sparkling Cuvée.
When the Missick family moved from California to the Finger Lakes, it focused immediately on crafting authentic, delicious expressions of wines grown on the west side of Seneca Lake. With a “sense of place,” the varietal focus revolved around Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc. “The beauty of Riesling, is that it has an ability to express its terroir in a way few varietals can,” according to winemaker, Christopher Missick; adding “and in the Finger Lakes, we can tease out those expressions in a way no other region in the United States can. This is a cool climate that has a growing season of extended beautiful warmth, and I feel we are exploring what is viable on the frontier of American viticulture.”
Bellangelo currently offers a dozen different Rieslings in its tasting rooms. “Riesling is the winemaker’s dream varietal: there are a hundred permutations on what is possible when we stand in the vineyard in late August,” Chris Missick stated. Missick added that he is particularly proud to see the Finger Lakes continually represented as one of the world’s great wine regions by wine periodicals such as Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, The International Wine Review, and online reviewers such as James Suckling, Vinous and others.
Having established a great reputation for Rieslings, Bellangelo is particularly proud of its recognition for work in sparkling wines and Chardonnay. Bellangelo began producing sparkling wine in 2014, including its Brut and Sparkling Merlot Rosé. This fall will see the release of its sparkling Gewurztraminer.
Bellangelo is a family owned winery with an historical past dating to 1866 and located on the West side of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes AVA. The Missick family operates an additional tasting room in Geneva, NY, and produces the brand Can Do, a line of ready to drink delicious canned wines that includes Moscato, Rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay. The brands are currently represented by Wright Beverage Distributing, MHW Distribution, and BevStrat. Bellangelo’s winemaker, Chris Missick, is proud to be the only full-time winemaker in the world that is also admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States.
New Research Identifies the Technology That Hotel Guests Really Want
Research conducted by leading travel technology firm Criton reveals the importance of hotel technology to improve the experience of today’s travellers
Dependence on mobile phones when travelling is brought into sharp focus by a survey of more than 3,600 travellers which reveals a growing appreciation for bespoke travel apps. Research commissioned by Edinburgh-based hospitality firm Criton, highlights that loyalty programmes, self-check-in/out and accessing your hotel room via a digital door key are primary requirements of today’s guests.
If their favourite hotel was to have its own app, 74% of respondents overwhelmingly stated they would use this digital channel, with only 10% favouring an in-room device such as a hotel’s smartphone or tablet. This reinforces Criton’s core belief that the future of hotel technology is own device. Hoteliers no longer need to absorb the cost of installing in-room devices when their guests travel with their own smartphone and are more comfortable with the apps and content within it.
The opportunity to check-in via an app and access their hotel room via a digital door key was warmly received with 58% likely or very likely to want this technology. With 68% finding it unacceptable to queue at reception for longer than five minutes, offering guests access to a service which global chains already offer is fast becoming a core priority for independent operators.
Respondents prioritised loyalty programmes as their favoured element of hotel technology with 53% recognising it as their top requirement. In a competitive landscape, the opportunity to drive direct and repeat bookings through a personalised loyalty programme will ensure hoteliers save on OTA commission while creating their own closed marketing group to upsell onsite services and facilities.
Underlining modern travellers’ awareness of technology, the survey found an audience ready to talk about tech use and expectations while travelling. Reflecting on the results of the survey, Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton, which developed the UK’s first intuitive app builder for the hospitality sector, said:
“Increasingly, today’s travellers are downloading apps that help them get around and stay connected with their hotel. That level of tech awareness or even dependency also raises expectations for information, guest services, such as check-in, digital key and offers and incentives to reward their loyalty.
“Respondents to the survey were people who travel regularly, with the majority opting for a mid-range hotel or accommodation. It is increasingly clear that adopting technology has to be seen as an imperative for all hospitality providers; it is not something purely for the major franchises.”
Criton lets independent operators compete with big chain technology through an easy to use platform. From digitising the traditional hotel room guest book to PMS, live chat, digital door key and in-room ordering integrations all contained within a fully-branded hotel app; Criton supports hospitality businesses with their digital transformation strategies and work with clients across the UK and overseas.
An online survey ran from Tuesday 26th March until Monday 1st April and received a total of 3,654 responses, of whom 1,311 were classed as business travellers.
- 45% of travellers stated they travel for leisure 2-3 times a year
- 36% travel for business
- 39% use TripAdvisor as main source of research and inspiration before booking a hotel, followed by 29% of respondents relying on online search
- 40% of travellers said they regularly stay in a 4-star (boutique) hotel, with 6% in a 5-star (luxury) hotel. The majority (47%) stated they regularly stay in a 3-star (mid-range) hotel
- 53% have at least one hotel app on their phone
- 74% would use a hotel app if their favourite hotel had one
- 55% stated it is acceptable to wait at check-in 2-5 minutes
- 62% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app
- 58% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app and use digital key
- 62% use an accommodation app regularly (eg Airbnb)
- 57% use a transport app regularly
- 47% use an airline app regularly
- 36% uses a hotel app regularly
The hotel technology that respondents seek:
- 53% – loyalty programmes
- 35% – self check-in
- 10% – in-room mobile
- 18% – in-room tablet
- Criton won the ‘Best Technology Provider’ award at the 2018 Travolution Awards and was Highly Commended for Best Use of Mobile
- Criton won the ‘Industry Breakthrough and Innovation Award’ at the ASAP Awards 2018
- Julie Grieve, Founder & CEO won the prestigious ‘HOSPACE 2017 Best Entrepreneur Award’
cbdMD Co-Presents Prabal Gurung’s 2019 Fall/Winter Women’s Collection Launch at Bloomingdale’s New York
Tonight, April 9, 2019, cbdMD, a Level Brands company (NYSE American: LEVB), will serve as the co-presenting sponsor with Kitchen Toke Magazine for a dinner celebrating fashion designer Prabal Gurung’s official launch of his Fall/Winter 2019 modern, luxury women’s collection at Bloomingdale’s New York. With a distinct focus on quality, innovation, and community, cbdMD’s partnership with Kitchen Toke was built on shared values.
Hosted at Café Clover, the celebratory dinner commemorates Prabal Gurung’s collection being sold in a dedicated space at Bloomingdale’s headquarters in their New York City store. Attendees, including ELLE Magazine, NY Times, The Daily, Vogue, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and a wealth of fashion influencers, will receive a range of cbdMD CBD oil products as well as a specialty dessert infused with cbdMD’s Natural CBD Oil.
“As our industry continues to develop and break down barriers, it’s important for CBD brands to keep category education and awareness at the forefront,” said Caryn Dunayer, Co-Founder and President of cbdMD. “Partnering with Prabal at Bloomingdale’s is a no-brainer – we are able to educate a large group of customers that align well with our mission regarding all-natural alternatives for health and wellness.”
Born in Singapore, raised in Nepal, Gurung has excelled in American fashion with designs worn by trendsetters like First Lady Michelle Obama. He has been recognized for his achievements and unique approach to style with many awards, including the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, USA Network’s Character Approved Award recipient in 2011, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, recipient of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and was honored in 2015 with the inaugural Creativity Award from The Drawing Center – to name a few.
cbdMD has also been acknowledged for their approach to innovation in the CBD industry. Among many firsts, cbdMD was the first CBD company to join the New York Stock Exchange, is the official founder of national CBD Day, was the first cannabis company to advertise in Times Square and in ELLE Magazine. cbdMD was also named Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2018 CBD Editor’s Choice for the top 100 Cannabis Leaders Issue.
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LexisNexis Risk Solutions Anti-Money Laundering Solution Takes Prestigious Asia Award Second Year Running
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions has been awarded the “Best AML Solution” in the Asian Private Banker Technology Awards for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes LexisNexis Bridger® Insight XG as the premier screening tool in the market, helping private banks and other institutions reduce complexity, increase efficiency, boost profitability and tackle financial crime.
“We are honored to receive this significant award from Asian Private Banker,” said Thomas C. Brown, senior vice president, U.S. Commercial Markets and Global Market Development, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “It reflects the quality of Bridger Insight XG, which provides robust intelligence and a unified workflow to strengthen risk oversight through a single point of entry, while reducing consumer onboarding friction. This influences the entire consumer experience and helps boost bank profitability by helping consumers transact faster. Institutions in Asia have never been under so much pressure to comply with regulations aimed at combatting financial crime. Harnessing technology is crucial ⸺ Bridger Insight XG allows compliance personnel to review personal and business histories to gather critical Know Your Customer details via its link to profiles of over 3 million individuals and companies, covering more than 50 risk categories, such as sanctions, money laundering and politically exposed persons.”
LexisNexis Risk Solutions is tackling a chronic problem for private banks and wealth management firms ⸺ ‘false positives’ when screening for money laundering. A false positive is a result that wrongly indicates a positive result during the screening process, slowing the adoption of good clients and diverting financial crime compliance resources from managing true risk issues.
“In 2018, we began expanding the use of machine learning within Bridger Insight XG to reduce false positives. LexisNexis Risk Solutions will also be implementing new technology that allows private banks and wealth management firms to identify and address substantial hidden risk in their anti-money laundering compliance efforts, specifically around sanctions screening this year” said Doug Wolfson, director, financial crime compliance strategy at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Digital identity risk exposes institutions to potential threat of massive fines and reputational damage, while allowing terrorist financiers, money launderers and fraudsters to move money through the global financial system with impunity. The new digital identity technology monitors the sanctions risk of digital identity transactions in real time, a significant innovation not provided by any other vendor. Private banks and wealth management firms will be able to monitor whether they face any potential sanctions risk from where their clients are located with the increased uptake of web portals and internet servicing amongst their clients.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions is uniquely able to innovate this new digital identity technology due to its 2018 acquisition of ThreatMetrix®, a global digital identity company with roots in Australia.
SOURCE LexisNexis Risk Solutions
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