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  1. Soft and Dry. A car of far less power, heft, and acceleration than even its own factory mates, Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Roadster is nonetheless a remarkable automobile, one that displays classic...
  2. Impulse Purchase. After 40-odd years of refining the 911, Porsche has created automotive perfection. The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet may not have garnered as many first-place votes as either the Audi...
  3. Prancing and Preening Horse. The Car of the Year’s 14 entrants are an elite bunch, and yet when the 599 comes rolling in, each of the other autos is like the kid at the high school party who is doing...
  4. Tradition permeates the history of Laphroaig as thoroughly as peat smoke does the distillery’s whiskies. This sense of tradition, from the beginning, has taken the form of a certain stubbornness—as...
  5. Swiss watches served as a kind of appetizer during Pascal Raffy’s childhood in Lebanon. Before the family’s Sunday dinners, Raffy’s grandfather would show off pieces from his collection to Raffy and...
  6. My tee shot on the third hole of the Mission Hills Golf Club’s newest course, a Pete Dye design that opened in September, has found the first cut of rough. Given that my drives on the first two holes...
  7. Charles Banks co-owns Napa’s Screaming Eagle Winery and is a member of CSI Capital Advisory Board, a wealth management firm. Scott Bodenweber is CFO of Hudson Capital Group, an investment firm based...
  8. As contrasts go, this one was a doozy. In the green corner was the Napa Valley Reserve, 80 acres of natural splendor that could convert an atheist into a creationist. In the not-so-eco-conscious...
  9. If a tie’s pattern does not readily identify it as one of Italo Ferretti’s designs, then its construction should. Ferretti, a 64-year-old tie maker from Silvi Marina, Italy, has been producing...
  10. In Japan, as in the United States, companies have been printing baseball cards for about as long as teams have been playing the sport. Japan has had professional baseball since the Great Japan Tokyo...

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