New & Noteworthy

Arcadia Yachts has officially delivered the Arcadia 85S , a special-edition superyacht with a skylounge-style fly deck, to its new owner. The innovative flybridge showcases 360-degree windows that...
At the end of June, an opulent members-only club in London will launch its soft opening, followed by the full opening in July, giving globe-trotters the chance to recharge in the palatial facility...
During one fleeting scene in the 2004 movie Van Helsing , the flames of a burning structure are reflected in a bottle of absinthe . It was a fitting symbol of the alleged hallucinogenic properties of...
In addition to making generous use of the newly invented drinking straw, the 19th-century cobbler is credited with introducing the modern-day cocktail shaker. Previously, most bartenders used the...
Analyze the results of any jewelry auction in the past five years, and it is clear which 20th-century designers are most sought after by today’s collectors. Original works by pioneering designers...
When Grenache is done well, it can offer one of the most profound sensory experiences on earth. Case in point: Château Rayas and its Châteauneuf-du-Pape—the Rayas flagship Grenache, a product of old...
Ever since Sergio Manetti purchased the Montevertine estate in 1967—and produced his first vintage in 1971—Montevertine has enjoyed a cult following. Le Pergole Torte is made solely from Sangiovese,...
Marcel Lapierre was the godfather of natural winemaking in France, and his wines capture a grace and elegance unlike anything else. The Cru Beaujolais, from the small village of Morgon, is one of the...
For generations, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave has focused on Syrah, which is planted on the treasured hill of Hermitage in France’s Northern Rhône Valley. Without a doubt, Chave makes today’s most...
Nestled in the appellation of Ribeira Sacra, in Galicia in the northwest of Spain, the Guímaro vineyards are planted to the Mencia grape variety on incredibly steep, terraced hillsides overlooking...
Some would say that Gaz Regan is kind of the Keith Richards of the cocktail world. He’s truly a booze-industry legend; he knows seemingly everyone and possibly even every thing having to do with...
A millennia ago, Vikings roamed the Orkney Islands, one of the more remote parts of Scotland, where Highland Park’s whisky distillery is based today. The Vikings of the Orkneys likely drank mead, not...
A decade after opening his first steak restaurant— Cut by Wolfgang Puck , located in the Beverly Wilshire , (a Four Seasons Hotel) in Beverly Hills, Calif.—the legendary chef is celebrating with a...
Culinary lovers and avid cyclists alike will gather in New England this Memorial Day weekend for the first-ever Lexus Gran Fondo —a three-day celebration of challenging rides, distinctive foods, and...
This Memorial Day weekend, get into the spirit of summer by grilling some perfectly charcoaled steaks and hamburgers. From a voice-activated grill to a deep smoker, here are three competition-worthy...
The romance of riding the rails now offers more to love with Napa Valley Wine Train’s Quattro Vino tour , ready to roll out on June 1. An epicurean exploration, it stops at the wineries of Robert...
No topic of conversation can turn the mood in a Southern cocktail lounge more quickly than how to make a proper julep, which combines fresh mint, bourbon, and sugar. This staple of the Kentucky Derby...
Lalique has turned company founder René Lalique’s 1920s Alsatian villa into a one-of-a-kind rural retreat that is all about luxurious details. The six suites are shimmering jewel boxes outfitted with...
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai is what a Hawaiian beach resort should be. Reopened in February after an enthusiastic overhaul led by the hotel’s (and island’s) new owner, Larry Ellison, the secluded...
No new property this year has captured the essence of its environment quite like Mandapa. A stay at this Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort in Bali is a spiritual awakening, from the perfectly preserved...
Amanera is an antidote to the all-inclusive mega-resorts for which the Dominican Republic has long been known. The sleek 25-villa retreat showcases a minimalist Balinese style that feels surprisingly...
Angama Mara has given Kenya renewed clout as the definitive safari destination. Opened in July along a 1,000-foot-high rim overlooking the Great Rift Valley, the camp affords unmatched views of the...
Ireland’s most storied country resort was the comeback of the year, thanks to a $75 million renovation by its deep-pocketed new owners, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. The French designer...
Seventeenth-century elegance and modern Italian design come together seamlessly at this Puglian retreat in the historic town of Lecce. A contemporary masseria , the property blends traditional...
Leave it to Oakley founder James Jannard to take the private-island experience to new extremes. Vatuvara Private Islands—the U.S. entrepreneur’s new retreat spread across four secluded islands in...
Among serious whisky drinkers and collectors, blended whiskies generally take a backseat to single malts. The reasons are many, from matters of taste (blends usually employ a good deal of grain...
Although punch generally conjures up thoughts of 1950s-style bowls of sherbet and soda, traditional punches are appearing with regularity on hip Brooklyn cocktail lists as well as at new restaurants...
First presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Heesen’s Project Nina was designed specifically for the U.S. market. The 6-foot, 9-inch draft is ideal for cruising shallow waters like...
The Collins is another classic with a somewhat confusing past. The original cocktail was named for its creator, John Collins, who was a bartender in a London hotel in the early 1800s. His recipe,...
Since the Concorde last flew in 2003, nonmilitary travelers haven’t had the chance to fly at supersonic speeds. Civilian jets are constrained by rules that ban sonic booms over most of the world’s...

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