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  1. Run your fingers through the chocolate-colored soil of the Jones family’s Huron, Ohio, farm, and you will know you have hit pay dirt, or more accurately, dirt that pays. The soil is the medium in...
  2. Most visitors to napa valley have a single priority: tasting, and lots of it. John Thoreen, also known as the Wine Tutor, caters to a different crowd. His clients—oenophiles, collectors, and those...
  3. Although he gained renown for his paintings of ballet dancers, Edgar Degas demonstrated equal skill portraying horse racing scenes. Quite familiar with Degas’ career, Greg Ladd, founder of the Cross...
  4. Rusack Anacapa Santa Ynez Valley 2002 Santa Barbara County has not proven the ideal location to grow high-quality Bordeaux varietals—as many vintners who aggressively populated the region with these...
  5. Diablo Gran Fuego One might expect a cigar named after the devil to taste radically different from its peers—and Diablo does. Its heady mix of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Connecticut leaves inside a...
  6. When flying internationally, I like to arrive at the airport at least an hour earlier than required. It has nothing to do with the new measures of heightened security. Rather, the time I build into...
  7. There is no such thing as a permanent collection. The artworks that you donate to your favorite museum can be deaccessed—sold off to the highest bidder as it prunes its holdings to make room for, and...
  8. Michelangelo’s marble Pietà sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome depicts one of the most moving episodes of the Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of her son after he has been...
  9. Sophisticated chocoholics know where to get their fix, and it has nothing to do with a trip to Pennsylvania. Those who take their cocoa as seriously as their wine have come to appreciate the...
  10. Think of it as the distillers’ equivalent of cloning. Macallan whisky maker Bob Dalgarno was assigned the task of re-creating the 1861 by replicating the single malt’s color, texture, and taste. A...

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