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  1. The nebbiolo grape is the force behind Piedmont’s most revered reds, Barolo and Barbaresco, but Barbera, the region’s most widely grown grape, increasingly is the source of exceptional wines. The...
  2. There is something very fishy about Laurent Tourondel’s past and present. As a youth, the Frenchman worked in restaurant kitchens in his native country, often serving as a poissonier, or fish chef. “...
  3. The nauseatingly sweet scent of crushed sugarcane lingers in the air on a sweltering morning at Industrias Licoreras’ Escuintla processing plant. Wheels, hoses, presses, and blades move, wash, mash,...
  4. BARNETT VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON RATTLESNAKE HILL ESTATE 2002 Despite its somewhat menacing name (particularly for ophidiophobes), Rattlesnake Hill appears to be anything but a nest of percussive...
  5. Wine and generosity of spirit go well together, as Auction Napa Valley’s barrel tasting, held this past June at the Trinchero Family Estates winery, has demonstrated. There, well-groomed gentlemen...
  6. If nothing else, readers of Alain Ducasse’s encyclopedic Grand Livre de Cuisine ( Les Editions d’Alain Ducasse ; www.alain-ducasse.com ) will acquire a heightened appreciation for the complexity and...
  7. LA AURORA SAPPHIRE To those who consider tubos—cigars protected in metal, glass, or wood tubes—an ideal gift, La Aurora has produced what may be the ultimate offering. The company, the oldest cigar...
  8. The image of the Sporting Gentleman has remained firmly embedded in the human psyche for eons. While it is unlikely that this universal figure of genteel virility was with us in our salad days of...
  9. In the early 1920s, Ohio glass manufacturer Edward Libbey commissioned noted architects George Thomas and Wallace Neff to build, respectively, a private golf course and Spanish Colonial–style...
  10. Rowers seem to be overlooked as a travel demographic, but Randonnee Tours (204.475.6939, www.randonneetours.com ), an outfit that arranges self-guided trips, now offers excursions for skilled...

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