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  1. Although poisonous, the sap from an Asian sumac nevertheless can be irresistible—when it has been heated, transformed into lacquer, and used to make intricate decorative items such as the incense box...
  2. IWC, The International Watch Co. of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is not to be confused with the Independent Watch Co. of Fredonia, N.Y. The former has been in business since 1868, making high-quality...
  3. Raymond Blanc is gaining mastery over mushrooms, inside and out. Having conquered them within the bounds of his kitchen, the French chef is attempting to grow them on his property. In 2005, under the...
  4. The Blue Morpho butterflies that floated above our heads certainly were enchanting, and the sight of the rare, ochre-bellied flycatcher was something I will boast about back home at the annual...
  5. Although the Por Larrañaga cigar brand dates to the 1830s, it has remained relatively obscure. It stands to gain new stature, however, thanks to a new line from the Florida company Cuban Imports (866...
  6. The concept of aging well in Napa Valley applies to more than just the region’s wines. Poetry Inn ( www.poetryinn.com ), a lodge set on a hilltop at Napa’s Cliff Lede Vineyards, recently introduced a...
  7. There’s the Rub In the pavilions of the recently opened Manea Spa at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa ( www.pearlresorts.com ), amid lily ponds and gardens, native therapists perform...
  8. Romanée-Conti: The name rolls off the tongue almost as deliciously as the domaine’s liquid masterpieces roll onto it. Wine critics have heaped upon this small estate in the Vosne-Romanée region of...
  9. Burgundy’s sobriquet, the "king of wines," is not entirely figurative: Many of the region’s choicest vineyards belonged to French noblemen and, in some cases, crowned heads. Bonneau du Martray,...
  10. It was not quite as dramatic as the flap of an insect’s wings in Brazil setting off a tornado in Texas, but Charles Tobias was involved in his own version of the butterfly effect. His response to a...

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