David Lyon

School of Vine Arts

The Gift:  ❄ A five-day visit for four people to Florence and the Antinori family’s wine estates in Tuscany and Umbria, with travel by private helicopter and car from Florence to Tenuta Guado al Tasso in Bolgheri, Castello della Sala in Orvieto, and Tenuta Tignanello in Chianti Classico.  ❄ Tastings of Marchesi Antinori’s signature wines […]

The Ultimate Tuscan Wine Adventure

Originally published in the December issue of Robb Report as “School of Vine Arts” The Gift:  ❄ A five-day visit for four people to Florence and the Antinori family’s wine estates in Tuscany and Umbria, with travel by private helicopter and car from Florence to Tenuta Guado al Tasso in Bolgheri, Castello della Sala in […]

Ready, Jet Set, Go

Abercrombie & Kent’s global journey touches down to one surprise after another.  In a lean-to standing just feet from the banks of the Karawari River in the Papua New Guinea jungle, a woman lay on her back on a platform, with her young niece face down on top of her and their extended family crowded around. […]

Leisure: Cultural Blending

A towering guard in a green-and-gold turban lifted an umbrella to shield me from the sun as we stepped from the launch onto the dock. We walked up a red carpet to the Leela Palace in the city of Udaipur, in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. At the hotel, a harmonium-and-tabla duo played the hypnotic, […]

Where There’s Smoke

Dean Fearing savors the open-fire cookery of Nick Badovinus. In 1979, just a year out of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Dean Fearing drove into Dallas with everything he owned loaded into a Toyota Celica fastback. He immediately felt at home. “It was a brand-new city then,” he recalls. “It didn’t make any […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Journeys | Resorts: The Vines Resort & Spa

The 180-degree views from the Uco Valley’s new Vines Resort & Spa (+54.261.461.3900, http://www.vines​resort​andspa.com) extend over thousands of acres of vineyards to the Andes Mountains. Debuted in January in Argentina’s celebrated Mendoza wine region, the 22-villa retreat echoes and embraces its surroundings with rough-hewn stone walls, porches with fire pits, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame […]

Leisure: Southern Comforts

In my first morning at the Vines Resort and Spa in western Argentina, one of the property’s cofounders, Michael Evans, cajoled me into a predawn walk in the vineyards. I was sleepily wishing I had begged off until, glancing west toward the dark wall of the Andes, I glimpsed the full moon dropping out of […]

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