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  1. Tallying the votes for our Best of the Best selections was just a formality. Although we were unaware of its identity, we already knew which cigar was the favorite from among the eight recent...
  2. When Queen Victoria died in 1901 at the age of 81, her bon vivant son, having finally ascended to the title of King Edward VII, descended into the royal cellars to take inventory. Among other...
  3. Early on, the folks at Taylor Fladgate expected that the 2003 harvest would yield a spectacular port. Winemaker David Guimaraens said that the year presented “textbook ripening conditions,” and...
  4. The Hennessy company history has no generation gaps. Maurice Hennessy represents the eighth generation of his family to run the company that Richard Hennessy founded in 1765, and master blender Yann...
  5. One is hard-pressed to imagine a less likely professional precursor to the occupation of vintner than that of racecar driver. The very qualities that favor the success of a winemaker—a predisposition...
  6. It is often assumed—and for good reason—that the classification of vineyards according to the quality of the wine they produce is a French invention. The French have a gift for analyzing the...
  7. As one would expect of a property that has stood for more than 450 years, Château Haut-Brion, which was founded by the Pontacs, a wine merchant family, and was once owned by Talleyrand, Napoléon’s...
  8. In 1893, members of the Kaesler family, who had immigrated to Australia from Silesia in the 1840s, cleared the tangled scrub from a 96-acre plot in the Barossa Valley and planted the entire property...
  9. Cooking, like sports, is a young man’s game: A body can take only so many years of 12- to 14-hour days over an infernally hot stove. Chefs can begin feeling the strain in their 40s, and many depart...
  10. Nearly 6,000 New Yorkers formed a line around a block on May 20, 2005, for the op­por­tunity to purchase a piece of the Plaza. The 99-year-old hotel, which Elad Properties had bought the prior...

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