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  1. In compiling a best-of list, you could choose the scientific path and diligently identify all of the candidates, scrutinize them to the micron, and attempt to be completely rational and fair about...
  2. The Montegrappa America’s Cup fountain pen celebrates its namesake competition with low-relief engravings depicting the designs that adorn the sailing trophy. Montegrappa’s production of 1,851 pieces...
  3. Decadence. It is a term not uncommonly—and always critically—applied by the uninitiated to our collective efforts here, and doubly so to this annual tome, Best of the Best, the principal goal of...
  4. While collectors clamor for the 2000 Bordeaux vintage, and critics dull their pencil leads with praise for Australia, Spain has quietly emerged as the world’s most exciting wine-producing country...
  5. Barossa Valley Estate originally started as a growers’ cooperative in 1985, when 80 third- and fourth-generation Barossa Valley growers united to address dwindling prices and disappearing markets...
  6. When members of the wine press first tasted the 2000 vintage Bordeaux barrel samples, they stumbled over themselves for adjectives to describe what was perhaps the best year since the extraordinary...
  7. While the Sauternes and Barsacs continue to reign supreme over the kingdom of dessert wines, U.S. winemakers are demonstrating a growing mastery of this age-old technique by which the noble rot,...
  8. Alsace is a region known for cuisine that combines the soulfulness of rural French cooking with the rich, earthy flavors of its neighbor, Germany. Among chefs and gastronomes alike, the restaurant of...
  9. Managing music made easy—that is the idea behind ReQuest Multimedia’s ARQ Tera Zone 750 ($20,000) music server and touchpad controller. The music library stores and organizes as many as 2,700 CDs...
  10. Anna Hu (212.826.1116, www.anna-hu.com ) combines a refined Asian aesthetic with old-world craftsmanship. The designer—who trained alongside some of the world’s best master jewelers—sketches each...

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