Articles in Wine, Spirits & Cigars

Tucked among the hills of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley is a 600-acre laboratory where...
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Wine is often cloaked in a mantle of romance by marketing directors who are intent on moving...
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Some years ago, the tide of opinion turned against Merlot after a scene in the film Sideways...
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Founded in Napa valley in 1862 by the German immigrant Jacob Schram near the town of Calistoga,...
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Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Macanudo brand’s founding, the Macanudo Estate Reserve (www...
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The Haag family, which practices its craft in Germany’s Middle Mosel region, enjoys a reputation...
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In spite of its name, Monkey 47 (www.monkey47.com, $45 per 375 mL) should be taken seriously....
The Darioush winery on Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail is utterly unique, and not only for of its...
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A departure from the brand’s usually mild-mannered cigars, the Fonseca Cubano Exclusivo (www​....
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The past several years have witnessed significant changes at Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot. Last...
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Clase Azul, a boutique tequila fábrica located in the Jésus María region of Arandas in Jalisco,...
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A white wine with heart. Many wineries in California include the word family on their labels—a...
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Shortly after fleeing Cuba in 2001, José “Pepín” Garcia, who had been rolling cigars for four...
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The holy grail of white Rhônes returns… In 1834, when Antoine Jaboulet established himself as a...
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Already the best-selling Scotch-whisky producer in the world, John Walker & Sons continues to...
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An immodestly brilliant Pomerol… The first test of a truly great man is his humility,” asserted the...
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The winemaker Mark Aubert is perhaps best-known these days for the supple, silky Chardonnay he...
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Of the three new releases, the Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share, is the most outstanding...
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The agaves are piled 3 feet high, shorn of their sword-like paddles and stacked on the precipice of...
A package from Robb Report and Darioush is among the lots being offered at the three-day wine,...

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