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Discreetly tucked within the 27-page wine list of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s Dining Room is perhaps the ultimate blended red wine. Treana Red, a full-bodied wine comprised predominantly of...
With items that are a bit less structured and a lot less serious, a stylish spring wardrobe offers an alternative to the somber business attire often required by the workplace. This season’s clothes...
For Rob Phelan, a weekend last October in Las Vegas offered everything he wanted: a chance to meet the people who make his favorite motorcycle, a fast and challenging track to ride on, an opportunity...
Fine footwear requires care. · Never wear shoes two days in a row, because they become moist from perspiration. Let them dry for at least 24 hours between wearings. · Never dry wet shoes next to a...
If you are craving pub food, consider the Stagg Inn and Restaurant (+44.1544.230.221) in the rural village of Titley, in the county of Herefordshire, England. It is the first and so far only British...
Over the course of her 16 years as a menswear buyer and personal shopper at Stanley Korshak in Dallas, Suzanne Warner has made some rather peculiar discoveries while cleaning out her clients’ closets...
The 2003 Range Rover is the product of Wolfgang Reitzle’s persistence. It is more powerful, taller, roomier, wider, and heavier than any previous Range Rover. It also rides higher, tows more, and, at...
Certain characteristics distinguish quality footwear from lesser pairs. · Heels that are stacked leather with a rubber top lift (the second layer from the bottom) will provide greater comfort and...
When Claude Monet purchased his home at Giverny, he paid as much attention to its interiors as to its lush gardens and ponds, which he immortalized on canvas. The range he selected for the family...
David Watson, Saks Fifth Avenue Club The ability to deliver instant gratification is essential when working with men, says David Watson. To meet clients’ immediate demands, he often relies on the...
In February 1908, Joseph Asscher raised his knife to cleave the world’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan.
Even those who do not use personal shoppers at home can find their services invaluable abroad. They can introduce the hidden gems of a foreign city: new fashion boutiques, interior design houses,...
David Teplica was looking for something to place on a pedestal, actually on the two limestone pedestals guarding the Romanesque granite home that he was restoring to its 1910 splendor. “There would...
Three years ago, when Michel Parmigiani first presented his radical design for the Bugatti Type 370 watch to the Volkswagen design team responsible for relaunching the Bugatti automotive brand, his...
New Zealand’s rugged beauty fits into 5,000 acres on Great Mercury Island. Soaring white cliffs, a sheep and Angus cattle farm, and forests of skyscraping pines and pohutukawa trees, which seasonally...
In the Netherlands, when graduating lawyers begin interviewing with prestigious firms, it is not uncommon for senior partners to deliberate on whether the candidate is an “Oger man.” Oger Lusink,...
The family that put California wines on the map—and on our tables—has released many impressive bottles over the years. We asked some wine writers and experts to select their favorite Mondavis...
If understated black and brown foot-wear seems too staid for spring, the season to be a bit more daring in one’s manner of dress, take heart: Makers of the finest shoes are offering ample...
The South Carolina low country, a pristine region of tidal creeks and serpentine rivers, mansions and marsh grass, provides some of the finest golfing grounds in the country. Here you will find...
On a family vacation in 1992, goldsmith Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler and her husband and business partner, David Wheeler, discovered the natural beauty of New Zealand and promptly returned home to...
I knew as soon as i lit the cigar that it was worthless, but it breaks my heart to throw away a $15 smoke. So I persevered for a while before consigning it to the fireplace. The trouble is, Cuban...
While Robert Mondavi has been the face and voice of the family company, sons Michael and Tim have been quietly running much of the operation for nearly a decade now. In their roles as chairman and...
I have a confession to share: I am not an animal person. Friends’ pets frighten me with their pouncing and slobbering; I find zoos rather pedestrian; and don’t get me started on the critters that...
“Deep inside mother earth, some two billion years ago, in South Africa, was born a colorless, 10.71-carat rough diamond,” muses sixth-generation diamond cutter Gabi S. Tolkowsky in a handwritten...
Below the butter-colored stucco terrace of the Hotel Metropole’s Joël Robuchon restaurant, Avenue des Spelugues curves sharply toward the Place du Casino and the port of Monte Carlo. The hairpin turn...
The rumor about town was that the Mondavis had a cellar full of wine. It was a scandal, whispered the good citizens of Virginia, Minnesota. Someone should notify the authorities. Someone did. And one...
“We’ll be stabling tonight in Taynuilt,” said the man across the aisle, looking up from his itinerary as if to savor the word. It was yet another affirmation of why we had chosen this trip. On any...
In 1999, couturier and fragrance czar Paco Rabanne held his last couture show in Paris and ceremoniously announced his retirement. Apparently, the life of leisure didn’t agree with the 67-year-old...
The psychology of island fever reveals a persistent behavioral pattern: our penchant for replicating what we seek to escape. Somewhere deep within our collective brain has gelled a fascination with...
Every city has one—a furniture showroom that showcases the new, the cutting edge, and the progressive. A place where you can see the shape of things to come. Chicago has been the beneficiary of two...

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