Articles in Wine, Spirits & Cigars

For more than a century, the gold standard of world wine was the 1855 classification of the First...
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As early as the 1300s, attempts were made to classify the vineyards of France according to the...
Photograph by Cordero Studios
The first cult wine, presumably, was poured for the first wine cult—that of Bacchus, in Ancient...
A pair of pistols, a fortuitous location, and a wee bit of luck all once conspired to transform an...
The great scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote that “Freedom an’ whisky gang thegither!” Certainly...
For centuries, France has been the undisputed standard bearer in the world of fine wine. But, in...
When I think of cigars, one of the first things that comes to mind is relaxation. In a life like...
Illustration by Kevin Spaulding.
Driving to Château Monbousquet, outside Saint-Émilion,from Pauillac, in the Médoc region of...
Ian “Percy” McPherson understands the sense of satisfaction that comes from completing a hard day’s...
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Every year, English designer David Linley’s 20-year-old namesake company produces what he calls “...
The business attire for Napa Valley wine finder Mark Steven Pope includes jeans—Wranglers, in fact—...
The pleasures of the table are many—as are the dangers. If excessive consumption or gout poses a...
Hannah Newman is said to have objected to her son’s rolling cigars in the family barn because it...
No one cigar complements every occasion. Even the most enthusiastic smoker would turn down a heavy-...
The duties of the host in the 21st century are onerous ones. In recent decades—from the 1970s to...
The silver flatware and Meissen china are arrayed on a gleaming dining table festooned with more...
Tom Jones knows how to keep a secret. As the CEO of Northrop Corp. from 1952 to 1990, he was the...
Judged solely on his youthful appearance and alliterative name, Valentino Valentini seems as though...
Gesturing toward the silver pitcher on the table in front of him, Angelo Gaja asks if it contains...
Like all of us as we mature, old vineyards have acquired a well-weathered depth of character....

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