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  1. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, a few hundred Huguenots, hoping to avoid religious persecution, fled France and settled on South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. The ruling Dutch...
  2. "When I Think of the most memorable times in our lives, it’s always centered on food and wine," remarked Margrit Mondavi, as she welcomed guests to a preview dinner last fall of the inaugural Pebble...
  3. Maduro tobaccos are considered too thick and too costly to use for anything but wrapper leaf. Thus a maduro (the Spanish word for "mature" or "ripe") cigar is only wrapped in—not filled with or bound...
  4. Colum Egan, master distiller for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, remembers the instant he became inextricably linked to his employer’s past. "My key moment was when I tasted an 1882 Bushmills bought at...
  5. Like a Giant Oyster, the personal submersible’s transparent, spherical cabin closes, and William Kohnen—one of the craft’s inventors—and I slip slowly beneath the surface of the water. Two scuba...
  6. As the jet soars over the California coastline, Dave Ryan grins. Ryan, a 10-year veteran of Learjet, is piloting the company’s first production 60 XR, fresh from the factory. Bombardier Aerospace,...
  7. Ferrari’s racetrack-ready F430 Scuderia is all raw welds and unpainted aluminum. Naked carbon fiber stretches from the center tunnel to the doorsills; the floors are bare metal; and frills are fewer...
  8. Max Büsser was hesitant to launch a watch brand, because he lacked a certain prerequisite. "I initially thought I could never have my own brand because I am not a watchmaker," says Büsser, the 40-...
  9. Dominican puros—cigars made entirely from Dominican tobacco—are rare, but their ranks include such outstanding smokes as the Fuente Fuente Opus X and the Davidoff Puro Dominicana. To this elite group...
  10. Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, founders of the renowned Arrows restaurant in southern Maine, have opened Summer Winter ( www.summerwinterrestaurant.com ) in the Boston suburb of Burlington, Mass. Like...

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