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  1. Since it began producing wine in Sonoma, Calif., in 2006, the Hamel family has, in a few key ways, operated in stark contrast to expectations. As many oenophiles are aware, Sonoma is revered for its...
  2. There are times, while attending or hosting a house party, when behind the bar is the best place to be—you get to converse with everyone at the party, and best of all, the conversations come to you...
  3. If all things were equal, there would only be one size of cigar. But that’s not the way it works. Pipe smokers often select a briar style that complements their facial shapes, but that makes sense;...
  4. Sitting down for a steak and a martini at Keens Steakhouse in Midtown is a rite of passage. The steak house has been serving up unctuous, meaty fare since 1885, and with a historic guest list of...
  5. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s safe to say that love is in the air. And for Islay whisky lovers, that air is scented with the aromas of smoked peat. While there are six dozen Speyside...
  6. Park City, Utah, may be famous for its ski trails, but it’s also home of one of the most creative minds in U.S. whiskey. Back in 2007, David Perkins leveraged his biochemistry background along with...
  7. Unless you’re located in year-round boat-shoe environs like Florida or Southern California, winter is that brutal time of the year during which most outdoor activities lose their luster. Skiers,...
  8. Not too long ago, the only thing most people knew about aging beer was that if you waited too long to drink it, you’d end up with a skunky brew. In reality, fine beers can age in the bottle the same...
  9. It wasn’t long ago when the latest advancement in mass-produced razors was a disposable, three-bladed cartridge. Four blades soon followed, and now we have five blades, along with battery-powered...
  10. In France, the caves of Roquefort are a cheese lover’s holy land. It’s in these cold, damp, dark crevices that Roquefort cheese— a white-blue wheel of exultant, triumphant funk—develops its character...

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