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Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles, California

Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles, California

Defining Paso Robles

On October 9th, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a final ruling establishing 11 new viticultural sub-areas nested within the greater Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. The decision marks the conclusion of a seven year process that will help to better define the diversity of Paso Robles’ wine region, which until this ruling had existed as the largest undivided AVA in California.

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The beautiful city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic

The beautiful city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic

The European Capital of Culture

Welcome to the Czech Republic, “The Land of Stories.” At least that’s the line from the tourism board – the truth of this former Soviet Bloc region is much more nuanced. Take for example Pilsen, the official home of Pilsner, that light Czech-style golden pale lager that is so well known. This rich and vibrant city boasts an evocative history full of kings, tyrants and a constantly transforming government and people; some buildings are still peppered with bullet holes from World War II, while others hold their centuries-old charm with a boundless grace.

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Achaval-Ferrer looks to push the envelope when it comes to Argentine Wine

Achaval-Ferrer looks to push the envelope when it comes to Argentine Wine

Does Robust Red Wine From Argentina Age Well?


Santiago Achaval knows personality when he tastes it – especially when those same characteristics are repeated year after year in bottles of his Argentine Achaval-Ferrer wine. A good wine has a “sense of place,” or terroir, meaning astute tasters can often determine a wine’s growing region (and sometimes even year) just by the taste. Grapes offer the uncanny ability to take on the characteristics of their geology, geography and climate, and express those same characteristics year after year when tasted. It’s part of what makes winemaking such a personal experience for growers like Achaval.


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A guest room at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

A guest room at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

What do you get when world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa and two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro get together? A modern luxury hotel, of course.

April 2013 marked the beginning of Matsuhisa’s hotel venture, when his first lodging opened as a hotel within a hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But the duo’s collaboration didn’t start there, as De Niro previously co-funded and provided creative direction for Nobu restaurants worldwide. He’s also responsible for luring the Japan-born Los Angeles chef to New York.

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Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart

Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart

A Toast to Wine and Food in Southern Germany

by John and Sandra Nowlan

When people think German wine, they think Riesling. But the sun-soaked hillsides of central Germany produce an astonishing variety of grapes that are carefully turned into flavorful wines. And while German staples like Riesling (the easiest to find in American stores) are plentiful, we discovered several lesser-known, quality wines with a fresh, fruity acidity that could very well become hits on the other side of the Atlantic, too.

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One Travel Router to Rule Them All






Nothing can put an early damper on a vacation quite like realizing your electronics just aren’t going to fit into international electrical outlets, no matter how hard you try to jam them in. (We advise against this method; fate has been cruel to you, yes, but spare your gadgets.) Instead, turn to Satechi, which has unveiled its new Smart Travel Router & Adapter just for situations like this. Continue reading “Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter – Review” »

The exterior of La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The exterior of La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico

by Jill Becker


Much has changed at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since it debuted in 1922. Lucky for us, though, since its 2013 multi-million-dollar renovation, much has also stayed the same here on the Plaza.
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How Garlic Flew on the Wings of War


A watercolor of the famed harbor by artist Liz Sydenham

Artist Liz Sydenham captures scenes of the life on the Isle. Here, a yacht in the harbor of Yarmouth.



by André Gayot


Garlic is not usually associated with England. However, the small Isle of Wight, a sentinel of Great Britain off its southeastern coast in the English Channel, produces a surprising amount of the fragrant bulbs. One would think the Romans introduced garlic to their former 1st century colony, but it was not them. In fact, it was much much later and due to an unbelievable combination of circumstances.

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A&K's fully lie-flat seats allow passengers to travel in comfort

A&K’s fully lie-flat seats allow passengers to travel in comfort

Starting in the Fall of 2014, Abercrombie & Kent Private Jet Journeys will be the first luxury private jet line to offer fully lie-flat seats.

Offering personalized trips for small groups, Abercrombie & Kent has been a leader in luxury travel since 1962. Whether it’s an Arctic cruise, a tour through the vineyards of France or an excursion across the vibrant Indian subcontinent, Abercrombie & Kent will design an elaborate adventure customized for any group.

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The exterior of Wine & Roses Hotel in Lodi, California

The exterior of Wine & Roses Hotel in Lodi, California

by Becky Sue Epstein

Surrounded by greenery and stone-clad architectural details, the verdant Wine & Roses hotel resides on seven acres in the middle of one of California’s newest wine regions. Seventy wineries under the burgeoning Lodi appellation near Sacramento are just minutes from this property, which takes full advantage of its location — particularly at its modern, high-end Towne House Restaurant, which features dozens of good local wines and draws both travelers and locals alike.

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