2012 Host’s Guide

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Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Crowning Glories

This year, for only the second time in the history of the United Kingdom, a ruling monarch is celebrating a Diamond Jubilee, marking six decades on the throne. This milestone first occurred during the tenure of Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 until 1901 and thus attained her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Now, her great-great-granddaughter […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Raising the Bar

From left: Baccarat Lola water glass ($75); Hermès Adage highball ($438/set of two, http://www.hermes.com); Moser Whisky double old-fashioned ($75); William Yeoward Lillian tall martini ($55); Ralph Lauren Broughton martini ($115, http://www.ralphlauren.com); William Yeoward Vita tall coupe, ($230); Baccarat Clair de Lune flute ($150); Saint-Louis Gamma Théorème tumbler ($117); Baccarat Chateau wine glass ($85); Saint-Louis Oxymore […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Winter Vintages

“We are born at a given moment, in a given place,” reflected the eminent psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, “and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born.”   The similarities between people and fine wines are many. Like a full-bodied California Cabernet, […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Spirits of Giving

Former illicit Highland whisky makers and Appalachian bootleggers notwithstanding, distillation is a refined art form. This holiday season, master distillers have raised their age-old craft to new heights of perfection with spirits that are a joy to give and to receive. Following are our selections of the most refined and refreshing pours for the connoisseurs […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Holiday Cheers

Among the lighter, crisper beers unveiled this season, the Duvel Tripel Hop is truly a cause for celebration. Now an annual release from the 141-year-old Duvel Moortgat Brewery, this Belgian strong ale is 9.5 percent alcohol by volume and features a different aromatic dry hop each year—Citra for 2012—in addition to the Saaz and Styrian […]