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Top 100 Winemakers

Winemakers best new releases. Timepieces from Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ulysse Nardin, DeWitt, Jean Dundand, and more.  Rough and refined cutting-edge diamond designs, plus Maserati's grand-slam and Thailand's new island escapes.

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Before austrian architect Oswald Haerdtl (1899–1959) taught at Vienna’s School of Applied Arts, he...
A Geography Lesson can be enthralling, or so Chicago’s Field Museum plans to demonstrate. The...
Frauscher, an Austrian maker of runabouts, has created a boat for surfing—Web surfing, that is. The...
When China’s Emperor Qin Shihuangdi, who initiated the construction of the Great Wall, died in 210...
The striking, 7-foot-tall KEF Muon loudspeakers ( www.kef.com ) shown at left derive their sound...
While the Oracle Audio Technologies CD 2500 Mk II Player ( www.oracle-audio.com ) may resemble a...
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If the California wine industry might be said to have anything akin to a mad scientist, it would...
Cirrus Design, maker of the impressive SR20 and SR22 piston-driven aircraft, has revealed more...
Boston’s L’Espalier and its sister restaurant, Sel de la Terre, have reinforced their reputation...
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The José Seijas Signature Series 2000 , the eponymous creation of the master blender for the world’...
As the genealogy butler at the Shelbourne Dublin hotel, Irishwoman Helen Kelly has noted a peculiar...
Mario Batali has been convinced that the Las Vegas scene is as sophisticated as any other—or at...
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“Each of us is all the sums he has not counted,” wrote Thomas Wolfe of the web of human...
Grappa is not what it used to be, according to Antonella Nonino. “You would never find grappa in...
The common way to take an arm measurement for a made-to-measure suit is to hold the tape at the...
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Of the tens of thousands of diamonds that I have viewed through the loupe over my 40-year career as...
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Maddie Bill is on vacation, but she is not relaxing. The 9-year-old and her 6-year-old sister,...
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Most rooms are hostile environments for electronic home entertainment: Echoes blur sonic details,...
The sports car is heading straight for Michigan’s Orchard Lake. A fellow in his 20s, bending over...
As the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet shimmies and shakes on the German autobahn, I conclude that an...
Kevin Cameron’s first experience with a flight school appalled him. “I walked into the rather...
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Rough start, I think, as my sled—pulled by eight yapping Siberian huskies that suddenly have become...
The remote location of his Argentine cattle ranch—some 1,000 miles from Buenos Aires—did not...
Highway 30 wraps around Maui’s northwest coast for 25 miles, passing high-rise condominiums,...
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Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams’ architectural watercolors are on display at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt...
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Lightweight and strong, carbon fiber is regarded as the state-of-the art material for building high...
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ARGENTINA Despite a long, rich history of viticulture, Argentina has only in recent decades entered...
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When he is at home on sunday mornings, Frank Müller, CEO of German watchmaker Glashütte Original,...
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Maserati has loosed from its Modena stables the long-awaited GranTurismo, and it is a formidable...
The maker of lists must also be a ready apologist. The following catalog of the world’s most...
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After Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959, many of the country’s cigar makers decamped for...
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Spirits are called spirits precisely because they capture essences, and in doing so they enable us...
The abundance of rankings and ratings systems available to travelers can serve more to confuse than...
Designer George Constant did not give the new owner of this Oyster Bay Cove residence on Long...
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AUSTRIA Austria has been creating wine since Roman Emperor Probus overturned the ban on growing...
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CALIFORNIA NAPA VALLEY California is arguably the most important wine-producing region in the New...
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AUSTRALIA Much is made in the press of the surge of premium wines from Australia, but one wonders...
The promotional literature provided in the villas at the Mansion at MGM Grand mentions the property...
Few hotels better representrecent social, political, cultural, and economic changes than the Ritz-...
Like mainsails strainingagainst a spar, the concave- and convex-walled towers of the new...
During winter’s aqua alta , or high-water season, Venetians forgo designer shoes and instead slosh...
Just beyond the walls of the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, Bourbon Street, the St. Louis Cathedral,...
Once while visiting Bombay, George Bernard Shaw was asked if he wanted to travel to Agra to see the...
During his brief reign as emperor of Mexico in the mid-1860s, Austrian-born Maximilian I ordered...
Ricco Deblank,general manager of the new Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, likes to tell the story of a couple...
It may be a stretch to suggest that the course of World War II changed in spring 1944 when General...
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On clear nights, say the inhabitants of Crinan, a village in southwestern Scotland, you can hear...
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In a sailboat race this September, a 76-foot sloop called White Wings crossed the finish line...
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June never spits,” says Tim Boda, hotel manager of the Anantara resort on the Thai island of Samui...
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Listening to Bach’s Cantata no. 131 and talking about cheese while tending to the machinery that...
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The smoke is suffocating inside Stefano Ricci’s office, where he puffs away on a cigarette while...
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How does one select the world’s top 100 wine producers? "Obviously, it’s always a matter of...
Call them terroir-ists, the seven Languedoc winemakers who, in June, appeared on French national...
In 1957, Piaget introduced its ultrathin Caliber 9P, a hand-wound mechanical movement measuring...
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Most people, Neil Lane suspects, will not recognize that the stones in his 596-carat Maharajah...
The Item. Irish artist Harry Clarke completed this stained-glass window in 1930 (a year before his...