The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

The Making of a Legend: Wine Prodigy Victoria James Wants to Bring Old-School Hospitality Back to Wine

This article and the Making of a Legend series is brought to you by Légende, the taste of elegance. The word “wunderkind” gets thrown around a lot, but it actually applies in the case of sommelier Victoria James. Already well-versed in wine know-how by her late teens, James dropped out of college in favor of […]

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Behind the Bottle: Vitalie Taittinger Pulls Back the Curtain on Her Family’s Evolving Champagne Empire

Behind the Bottle: Vitalie Taittinger Pulls Back the Curtain on Her Family’s Evolving Champagne Empire

For a nearly 300-year-old enterprise, the Taittinger Champagne house behaves remarkably like a startup. It’s thanks in part to Vitalie Taittinger, the art school-trained daughter of the business’s president, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. For the past 11 years, Vitalie has helped steer the company toward new and exciting possibilities.

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How Halloween Became One of the Biggest Drinking Holidays of the Year

How Halloween Became One of the Biggest Drinking Holidays of the Year

Sales of adult-sized Halloween costumes are at an all-time high. Theme parks, usually overrun by overstimulated tykes, host a different sort of clientele come October 31: a boozy, over-21 crowd. And liquor companies are taking note. According to the National Retail Federation, a staggering 72 percent of U.S. adults will celebrate this Halloween, compared to […]

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How Japan Became a Whisky Superpower in Record Time

How Japan Became a Whisky Superpower in Record Time

In the center of a tiny town in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, manicured grounds are dotted with what look like squat stone castles. Inside one especially imposing structure, a row of massive copper stills gleam in the sun streaming in from two-story windows. These are not the verdant zen gardens or epic Shinto shrines […]

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