Whisky connoisseurs enamored of the peated style will be familiar with the usual suspects from Islay. The Hebridean isle is home to some of the best in the business, including Ardbeg, Bowmore, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. But excellent as their whiski
Hollywood titan Steven Spielberg, president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival this year, has established his headquarters for the famed event aboard his $200 million megayacht Seven Seas. The 282-ft. vessel has accommodations and luxe amenities for 12 guests along with a crew of 26, including a private owner's deck with a large master stateroom, a study and private terrace with a Jacuzzi.
Typically when you think of a sommelier, you think of wine — even Wikipedia defines a sommelier as someone trained and specializing in the wine profession. After all, wine is a complex drink of sophistication, usually used for celebratory occasions (and often accompanying a nice meal). To be a wine sommelier you have to spend years studying every nuance of the field, including the history of different varietals and the merits of specific glasses. You can ask a wine sommelier anything you want about wine, whether it be which type you should drink with pasta or with meats, and they can answer your question and more. Though wine sommeliers are the most popular type of expert, they're not the only ones out there. More and more people are branching off into different areas, from beer and whisk
UK designer Claydon Reeves has unveiled a new limited edition motor launch design dubbed the Aeroboat that pays homage to the Spitfire, the most famous fighter plane of World War II. It’s powered with a supercharged version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine, a power plant first produced in 1933 which was used in many of the original Spitfires as well as other British military aircraft.
The Tesla Model S has earned the highest score in Consumer Reports' ratings: a 99 out of 100. The consumer digest reported that the all-electric, $89,650 luxury sports car performed as well, overall, as any other vehicle ever tested by CR. However, the car cannot be recommended by the publication, because it lacks sufficient reliability data.
The Cannes Film Festival is the biggest film event you could ever hope to attend, from the lineup to the parties, and is now officially underway. Year after year Cannes brings us some of the most exciting films being made by unique and interesting filmmakers. If you're lucky enough to be attending this year — or waiting at home for distribution — you're probably so wrapped up in the hype of each film that it may be hard to figure out what you really shouldn't miss. To help with the confusion, here's my list of the best and hottest films at Cannes this year.
If you grew up on The Golden Girls and worshipped Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak, this auction item may be for you — or it may horrify you. Christie's will be auctioning off John Currin's 1991 painting, Bea Arthur Naked, in their Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale tonight in New York. In case the title isn't obvious enough for you, yes, she's naked. We cropped the main image for sensitive eyes but if you want to see the full picture, scroll down.
Having set up March & White in 2010, architects and interior experts Elliot March and James White are already leading the charge when it comes to luxury design. With a portfolio including hotels, restaurants, and private and royal residencies, their work is the epitome of style, oozing creativity and individuality.
The principle that single malt whisky gets better with age is generally true, but only up to a point. Past that point, older doesn't necessarily mean better. But when a major distillery releases a malt that's been aging for several decades, you can expect two things: One is that the distillery won't release it unless it quite literally stands the test of time.
England’s dashing royal sportsman Prince Harry will finish off his official tour of the U.S. this month by playing in a charity polo match at Connecticut’s Greenwich Polo Club on May 15. The Royal Salute Sentebale Polo Cup will benefit Sentebale, the charity founded by the Prince in 2006 to improve healthcare and education for the children of Lesotho, Africa.
Italy based yacht builder Pershing, designer of some of the world’s most exclusive open motor yachts, is launching an equally exclusive new line of leather luggage in partnership with renowned luxury brand Poltrona Frau.
In celebration of the pioneering aviation company’s 50th anniversary, Flexjet has partnered with New York-based Jet Art Group to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces using a Learjet engine as a $10 million dollar "paintbrush."
With American Airlines having recently acquired the bankrupt US Airways, the airline is ready to compete with major carriers like United and Delta. Fliers of AA and US Airways can expect plenty of changes coming up from the acquisition, from upgraded in-flight products and cabin seats to an increase in routes and plenty of new planes.
If you're in the market for the quintessential sports car, the Porsche 911 is a popular choice. But it comes in a variety of different specifications, and the German automaker has now released the king of them all.
Bamboo is becoming one of the hottest materials to fashion luxury bicycles from, competing with common materials like aluminum and carbon fiber with its sustainability, light weight and durability. In a world where everyone wants to stand out from the crowd, having the unique look of a bamboo frame certainly doesn't hurt. Germany-born Zuri is one such company that hand builds bicycles in Africa from locally sourced bamboo, crafting eco-conscious cycles designed for both city cruising and mountain biking.
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is as known for his snarky attitude, white hair and black shades as much as he is for being the creative director for Chanel. Usually pretty private — he only just recently fessed up to being born in 1935 — he decided to open his Paris apartment to May's issue of French Architectural Digest. If you were expecting an explosion of color and accents, you'll be disappointed because this apartment is as stark and minimalist as you can get without living on an actual science fiction movie set. Taking a peek into someone's living
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been an inspired masterpiece since its publication in 1925. Chronicling the Roaring Twenties, the story details the breakdown and dangers of getting caught up in the American Dream through its protagonist Jay Gatsby. With five film adaptations, including the most recent from Baz Luhrmann, the look of The Great Gatsby has been made to represent a fantastical version of the 1920s, from fashion to interior décor. To get your very own West Egg abode, all you really need is a select few essential pieces that will evoke the Art Deco style of the period, from the perfect glass chandelier to the right minimalistic art print.
Omar Akram creates music influenced by his own personal background and life experiences — which is usually fairly common, except there is nothing common about Omar. Raised all over the world as the child of a United Nations diplomat and coming from a multicultural viewpoint, Omar is the first Afghan-American to win a Grammy (awarded for his fourth album, "Echoes of Love"). His music has been called, "a marriage of passion and grace, of adventure and relaxation, of beauty and raw earthiness," evoking hints of his personal past and looking forward to his future.
Many of the nearly 100 whisky distilleries in Scotland operate independently, but a large number of them are owned by major brands. Williams Grant & Sons owns a handful, as do United Spirits, Bacardi, Edrington, Morrison Bowmore and Inver House. But the largest groups are owned by Pernod Ricard and — above all — Diageo.
While many people love to scuba dive, getting up close and personal to some tropical fish, some of us may find the idea of breathing underwater to be incredibly uncomfortable and panic-inducing. If you consider yourself a part of the latter group, you might be thrilled to learn that you don't actually have to put a wetsuit on to dive underwater — you can have the Submarine Camcorder do it for you.
A marvel of contemporary design, enter the world of the Wanka House. Located in the beach resort town of Cariló, Buenos Aires, the nearly 11,000-square-foot home was originally conceived as a seaside vacation home. The standout design of the sleeping quarters evokes a periscope, suspended in the sky and giving an impression of weightlessness (resulting in 360-degree views).
For the marquee-name chefs in town for Vegas UnCork'd by Bon Appetit, a live cooking demonstration held onstage in front of 300 discerning foodies is all in a day's work...but for two of Vegas' brightest culinary students, it's the chance of a lifetime.
Award-winning operatic tenor Mario Frangoulis will once again grace us with his presence this spring on the highly anticipated concert tour for his new album “Beautiful Things.” The gifted vocalist kicks off the North American tour May 11th in Pasadena, California where he will share his “Beautiful Things” in emotionally powerful songs so true to his being. “You have to express the hopes of your soul, and that’s what my music is about,” explains Frangoulis in a recent interview. “That is the number one thing I do.”
The nice thing about celebrity real estate is that it's never-ending. There will always be someone famous dropping millions on a new house that they'll probably only live in for a couple years before throwing back on the market — or those like Katy Perry won't even move in before selling. While some people don't care whether an actress moved in down the street, many others find the prospect of a famous neighbor pretty exciting so this one is for you. Here's some of the most recent properties purchased and put on the market by the rich and famous, from Rod Stewart and Joaquin Phoenix to Taylor Swift and Claire Danes.
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