Pace has been a force in the art world for decades. It operates galleries on three continents, including one in Beijing, and has a formidable stable of artists that includes the modern masters Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Bridget Riley, and David Hockney.
Todd Merrill grew up around antiques. His grandparents collected 18th- and 19th-century furniture and folk art, and his father runs an auction business in Vermont that specializes in furniture from those periods.
Never has necessity given birth to more arresting offspring than in Portugal’s Douro Valley, where production of fortified wines is capped by government regulators to ensure that the supply of port does not exceed global demand.
When most wine collectors think of Australia, they think of Penfolds; and when they ponder Penfolds, their thoughts ineluctably drift toward Grange, the label’s flagship wine, which emphasizes Shiraz and was first produced commercially in 1952.
The first test of a truly great man is his humility,” asserted the English art critic and social theorist John Ruskin, whose contemporaries were unlikely to have accused him of possessing an undue measure of this virtue.
Those who contend that Chardonnay grown in the sacred precincts of Chablis and the Côte de Beaune makes the best white wine on the planet can certainly find plenty of liquid evidence to support their argument.