by Ben Narasin
In Croatia, one of eight Balkan states created from the breakup of Yugoslavia, the oceanside walled city of Dubrovnik showcases a mélange of three styles. These distinctive styles will be familiar to any traveler who has visited an ex-eastern-bloc Soviet Union component state: the historic European beauty that predates communism, the cinder block and cement utilitarian ugliness that embodies it, and the trappings of tourism and trade that has been newly installed upon the Communist party’s departure.
Dating back to 1913, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik offers a fine example of this hodgepodge in architectural form....... [FULL REVIEW]
|Winemaker Martha McClellan with owners Dennis O’Neil|
and Steph Martin of Checkerboard Vineyards on Diamond
The term “cult wine” polarizes. Some winemakers despise the designation as elitist—which it is—and unfairly biased toward a select group of wines, as one could certainly argue. But whether you detest or embrace the phrase, many consumers go to great lengths to invest in, acquire, and enjoy these wines, particularly California Cabernet Sauvignons. To meet the demand of the connoisseurs who collect such ultra-premium bottlings and, often, convert them into auction assets—not to mention the sommeliers who cellar them to add cachet to restaurant wine lists—a growing segment of high-net-worth individuals is clamoring to create them.
The history of California’s cult Cabernets can be read in three chapters, the last of which
may be seen as an introduction to a cast of characterswho will be featured in the sequels to
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