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  1. Because it is brewed from grain, sake could be classified as beer instead of as wine. But in this instance, the taste buds prevailed over logic. Ginga Shizuku Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo Sake—...
  2. In 1983, Franz Hirtzberger helped establish the Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus, an organization formed to preserve the unique viticultural heritage of the Wachau, a region of Austria mentioned in...
  3. Charles-Camille Heidsieck was one of the first Champagne entrepreneurs to recognize the importance of what today would be called “working the market.” When he arrived in New York in 1852 to promote...
  4. The négociant house of Bouchard Père & Fils (now controlled by Henriot Champagne and therefore a sister company of Chablis producer William Fèvre) is the largest holder of vineyards on the Côte...
  5. At a tasting of Vega Sicilia’s Unico at Valentino restaurant in Los Angeles earlier this year, 10 collectors of this most prized label from Ribera del Duero arrived, each carrying one precious...
  6. Angelo Gaja became a legendary figure in Piedmontese winemaking for introducing to the region such innovations as crop thinning and barrique aging. His great single-vineyard wines from both...
  7. Globe-trotting winemaker Paul Hobbs, perhaps known best for his California Chardonnays, seems as at home in Mendoza, Argentina, as he is in the Russian River Valley or on Sonoma Mountain—regions of...
  8. Of the three famed Côte-Rôtie vineyards that Etienne Guigal owns in the Rhône Valley, only La Mouline is located on the so-called Côte Blonde, a portion of the appellation where the topography...
  9. Television producer and hotelier Merv Griffin began purchasing land in La Quinta, Calif., nearly 20 years ago, eventually compiling 240 acres that he has used to raise his horses. Griffin now is...
  10. Hampton Island does not appear on maps, and the 4,000-acre community, which sits between Savannah and Sea Island off the coast of Georgia, intends to remain a mystery to all but its handful of...

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