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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...
A retro appearance and modern amenities proved an elusive combination for Edward Walson during the five years that it took him to find his dream boat. “I’d looked at top American brands like Hinckley...
In the Swiss town of Lugano, near the border of Italy, is Lugano’s Watch Center (+41.91. 922.64.83), a watch collector’s paradise. The outdoor showcase tempts you with a sampling of the shop’s...
The home theater has become so ubiquitous that it is difficult for designers to create anything unique. One company, however, is using advanced technology to improve the widescreen viewing experience...
In 1996, when Chris Allen and her husband, Stuart, met architect Alexander Gorlin at New York’s Plaza Hotel, they were hoping to talk him into designing an Italian villa for the four acres they owned...
“The traveler is perfect king aboard his boat.” So claimed a mid-19th-century Lloyd’s guidebook to the Nile, writes historian David McCullough in Mornings on Horseback, his book on the early life of...
Cartier (800.CARTIER, www.cartier.com ) recently unveiled its first entirely new watch concept since the introduction of the wildly successful Tank Francaise in 1996. The aptly named Roadster marks...
In the Orléans apartment of Micheline Taillardat sits a rectangular Louis XV lamp table adorned with a certificate from Christian Sorriano, an antiques specialist in France’s customs office. The...
Los Angeles designer Mel Lowrance is delighted when his touch cannot be detected in his work. “Somebody would really have to know my work to be able to say, ‘Mel Lowrance did this,’ ” he explains. “I...
Enduring, traditional, practical. By its very definition, the word classic defies the fleeting fancies of fashion, a realm driven by ever-changing and often recycled trends. The simple, approachable...
Viv Maren and her husband, Bo Altheden, were sailing the waters near Venezuela last March when they learned firsthand that pirate attacks are not just the stuff of Robert Louis Stevenson novels and...
“You’re not from the city, are you?” a woman asks me over the rhythm of Hindu chanting in a candlelit room. “I can tell you’ve been breathing a lot of fresh country air.” No, this was not a psychic...
The progress of technology is driven by one very simple concept: Improve the experience. In much the same way that eight-track tapes gave way to cassettes, which gave way to compact discs,...
For the nature lover with an adventurous spirit, Frégate Island Private is an ecological Eden begging to be explored, a sanctuary for both man and beast to relish. “We live with nature here,” the...
Opposites attract this spring, as the latest fashions emphasize wearability and comfort with a dash of modern panache. The secret to accomplishing this balancing act is mixing contrasting elements,...
The story is true, the names hidden to protect the guilty. A yacht sets sail from a West Coast port, heading north on an Alaskan cruise, with a new crewmember on board. Just before setting out, the...
In his 40 years as an angler, Rick Schair has battled marlin, bluefin tuna, and numerous other trophy fish, but none of those finned adversaries was as ferocious as the peacock bass. “Pound for pound...

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