Ernest Hemingway once said “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world…and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Fine wine, like art and literature, feeds the soul as much as it does the senses as it is an amalgamation of culture, history, and man’s attention to the beauty and pleasures of the natural world.
Drawn by the dream of selling something enjoyable to his customers, former life insurance salesman Stephen Williams founded The Antique Wine Company in 1982. Since then, AWC has risen to the pinnacle of fine and rare wine merchants in the world, trading strictly only in the highest quality wines. Once referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Wine,” Stephen Williams, now CEO, has led his company into a prestigious reputation of acquiring some of the best wines in the world while offering outstanding customer service.
In the last 33 years, AWC has collected over 10,000 luxury wine bottles in their cellars and boasts over 20,000 clients in 70 different countries from private collectors to hotels, restaurants and the network of worldwide wine trading. Operating centrally from London, England, they also have two offices in Hong Kong and Manila, Philippines. AWC is a record-breaking institution having sold the most valuable bottle of wine in history, an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem for $117,000, to a former sommelier who plans to enjoy his purchase as the winemakers had intended. This transaction was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. In 1995, AWC handled the transaction of an entire collection of Chateau d’Yquem was purchased by the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera for $1.5 million.
In addition to selling luxury wines, AWC is available to design private wine-storage cabinets and cellars for clients. The company offers advice and support to private collectors and collections in places such as chateaus, palaces, and grand hotels. Still more impressive is the AWC Wine Academy, launched in 2011, which holds wine master-classes, wine courses, and hosts private events for aspiring wine connoisseurs.
The Antique Wine Company’s attention to detail and its employees’ passionate exemplification of the wine trade has been polled and reported as “outstanding.”
It’s hard to find love. Many of us have given up all together on the notion that maybe we will just bump into the man of our dreams at the grocery store, or perhaps jog right into him when out for a run. Now, we have to work for it. Working for it a lot of times means trying that online dating thing. Currently, Tinder seems to take the top spot in online dating app’s. Almost everyone I know is on it, including myself.
There are some problems that I have noticed with Tinder, and apparently some other people have noticed them as well. Now there are changes being made. According to Buzzfeed Tinder Plus will be hitting the app store. So what makes Tinder Plus so special? Well now users abroad will be able to use this hit app that took the United States by storm.
I’ve heard the frustrated cries when one of my friends would accidentally swipe right (meaning yes) to someone that they didn’t want. Now, they can reverse that before any sort of awkward encounter ensues. Sometimes you do get yes happy on Tinder, unfortunately now you won’t be able to make unlimited yes swipes unless you sign up for Tinder Plus.
Gianfrancesco Genoso (advogando.net) has read that there are a few catches however. For one, it will cost you. Tinder is a free app. Tinder Plus will be available for less than ten dollars in the United States. Abroad the prices will vary. Perhaps the biggest catch of all is that if you are over the age of 28, Tinder Plus will cost you *MORE*.