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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. 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;...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  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. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Being a New Yorker comes with certain unofficial obligations. It requires that we reminisce about the city “the way it used to be,” and that we lament the demise of the city as it currently exists...
  9. Port may well be one of the most celebrated after-dinner drinks, especially when accompanied by a fine cigar. Despite such attributes, this digestif is far more popular in Europe than in the United...
  10. Few foods are as comforting as carbonara. It is the flannel pajamas of Italian food. Its historical roots are a bit obscured at this point—most stories of food origins are one part fact, four parts...

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