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  1. CALIFORNIA NAPA VALLEY California is arguably the most important wine-producing region in the New World, and Napa Valley is its viticultural heart. The valley stretches 30 miles north from Carneros...
  2. AUSTRIA Austria has been creating wine since Roman Emperor Probus overturned the ban on growing grapes north of the Alps, in part to avoid mischief by giving his idle armies something to do. Later,...
  3. Designer George Constant did not give the new owner of this Oyster Bay Cove residence on Long Island, N.Y., much choice. Constant arrived at their first meeting with a single fabric sample for each...
  4. The abundance of rankings and ratings systems available to travelers can serve more to confuse than to inform. Stars, diamonds, numerals, and even crowns purport to denote comparative quality, but...
  5. Spirits are called spirits precisely because they capture essences, and in doing so they enable us to gain a greater appreciation—and enjoyment—of the sources from which they derive. Brandy is the...
  6. After Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959, many of the country’s cigar makers decamped for more favorable political climates. Most settled in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua,...
  7. The maker of lists must also be a ready apologist. The following catalog of the world’s most outstanding wine producers could easily be twice its present length without compromising the quality of...
  8. When he is at home on sunday mornings, Frank Müller, CEO of German watchmaker Glashütte Original, likes to select a pocket watch from his collection and examine the antique movement. He will shut the...
  9. ARGENTINA Despite a long, rich history of viticulture, Argentina has only in recent decades entered the arena of fine winemaking, having previously focused largely on bargain-oriented wines. The...
  10. Lightweight and strong, carbon fiber is regarded as the state-of-the art material for building high-tech speed machines including Formula One racecars and America’s Cup yachts. In the upper realms of...

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