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M. Mondavi Launches New Canvas App with Hyatt Hotels and More
2012-11-01 11:20:55
By Carole Dixon


Folio Fine Wine Partners’
along with Hyatt Hotels, is launching a new digital app on November 1st, The Canvas Art of Living.

The Canvas Art of Living app offers iPhone and Android users a chance to customize their own digital postcard, which can be shared instantly via email, text and Facebook.  Guests of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House in the U.S. and Caribbean will find a QR code on their drink coasters in restaurants, bars and lounges at these hotels. After scanning the QR code with their phone, guests’ mobile devices will be directed to the Canvas Wines website where the free app will be available for download.  iPhone users may also have their postcard printed and mailed to friends and family back home for nominal fee.

While you are using your new app, you’ll have a new wine for that QR drink coaster in the spring of 2013. Folio Fine Wines will debut a new Canvas Pinot Noir to complement the popular Canvas Wine series that includes a Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011 Pinot Noir is brimming with bright red fruits of cherry, raspberry and plums.  “When crafting wines for the Canvas range, the Hyatt consumer is always top of mind, and this Pinot Noir brings the best of California’s growing regions in a wine style we believe the Hyatt consumer will enjoy, with the great quality they have come to expect from us,” said Rob Mondavi Jr., fourth generation winemaker and President of Winegrowing for Folio Fine Wine Partners. 

The Canvas Art of Living app is also available for free download by visiting www.canvaswines.com/living.


Other new apps on the market that we love:


For the Discerning Foodie
FoodGPS has been a trusted resource for Southern California food and drink coverage since 2005. Well respected writer and website founder Joshua Lurie selected and edited 125 of the top global restaurants from the website to form a discriminating guide to our rich tapestry of international cuisine in Southern California. If you’ve ever wondered, ‘where is a good hole-in-the-wall eatery’ for Ramen, Thai, Japanese, to BBQ, pizza and burgers, this is the app for you. The 125 restaurants also cover Brazilian banquets in Beverly Hills and unexpected delicacies in your hood. With the FoodGPS philosophy of ‘dedicated to pinpointing the highest quality, best-tasting food and drink, regardless of price or cuisine, and sharing the stories of the people behind it,’ you can count on the fact that these carefully curated entries will be the best bets for value and flavor. Each recommended restaurant features a detailed review, the must-order dishes, and mouth-watering photos. The app is GPS-enabled, with one-touch dialing and turn-by-turn directions, as well as vital info like the website, address and business hours.

The cost is only $1.99 in the iPhone App Store (Android version coming soon.)


For the Trendy Traveler
Runitz, the world's top mobile app developer for hotels and resorts, has recently launched their second collaboration with mobile app Postcard on the Run at The Redbury hotel located at Hollywood and Vine. Guests at the stylish property designed by iconic photographer and music video producer Matthew Rolson, will now be able to use the hotel’s app to create and send personalized photo postcards directly from their mobile device while on or off-site. The “Snap, Tap and Send” functionality of Postcard on the Run allows users to snap a photo, add a personalized message, and tap a button to have it mailed as a real, printedpostcard anywhere in the world.

Runtriz and Postcard on the Run are providing The Redbury hotel guests a unique way to communicate with friends and family with a new technology delivered the old fashioned way. Guests staying at The Redbury are able to send their first postcard for free using the hotel’s customized app and additional postcards can be sent beginning at $1.49 per postcard.  The most interesting feature might just be the option of adding a “Scratch’n Smell” scent to the postcard.. “

After a successful launch earlier this year at the Viceroy Anguilla Resort in the Caribbean, this service will also launch at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with many more to come in the near future. This feature is currently only offered on the iPhone but updates will soon be coming for iPad and Android versions.


For the Avid, Time-Strapped Shopper
Let’s face it, we don’t have much time to shop these days, so Splurge is the one-stop app that takes care of informing the consumer of time-sensitive sales and the most desirable products in fashion, kids, home, tech, travel, pets, and more. What sets this app apart is the shoppers can thrive interactively by following trendsetters via personalized online profiles and sharing purchases with friends.  

The app is helpful for curbing the legwork of store hopping yet will have you discovering statement-making style at your fingertips. The concept is make the users feel like they have their very own personal shoppers with Splurge. Everything from big-brand names to the cutting-edge designers of tomorrow – is all handpicked by discerning experts and updated every hour to keep things fresh.

“Since we do the aggregating and curating, shoppers can enjoy the benefits of e-commerce (and me-commerce) while still feeling like they are shopping in their local boutique,” says Splurge’s co-founder Eric Dahan. “You don’t go on Splurge to look for something in particular; you go on because you don’t know what we are going to show you next.”

You can download the app now at http://www.bit.ly/shopsplurge