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The People's Republic of Wine

One of China's most respected sommeliers on the country's unquenchable thirst for fine wine<p>A FEW YEARS AGO, over a glass of wine in Bordeaux's Brasserie l'Orléans, one of the city's négociants told me that anyone who is serious about fine wine should be visiting China at least twice a year. Fast …

China

The Five California Vineyards You Need to Know

Anyone looking for wines that are consistently strong should seek out bottles with labels bearing these names, says Lettie Teague<p>THERE ARE MANY great vineyards in California, but very few people will see their names on a label. That’s because they often belong to a single producer turning out wines …

Food

The 7 Habits of Highly Annoying Wine People

From sommeliers who insist on calling their wine list ‘curated’ to hosts who serve red wine that’s too warm, the annoyances that can drive WSJ wine columnist Lettie Teague not to drink<p>WINE IS A BEVERAGE meant to bring pleasure, perhaps even joy. And yet, for me, some aspects of wine can make it …

Customers

A Wine List That Doesn’t Break the Bank

Good selections, few pretensions at new restaurant Noreetuh<p>When three former employees of Per Se opened Noreetuh last month, expectations were high for the new restaurant. But one part of their collective Michelin-starred past would not be repeated, according to general manager Jin Ahn: the high …

Sous

How to Start a Wine Cellar

Top tips on making good investments, avoiding bad buying habits and storing your collection<p>IF YOU ENJOY WINE, are starting to take more than a passing interest and have perhaps bought the odd reference book about vino varieties, it might be time to think about beginning your very own wine …

Wine Cellars

The Wine Lovers' Chicken Conundrum

A search for the perfect wine to drink with the bird that is considered to go well with pretty much anything<p>OYSTERS ARE commonly served with Champagne and lamb is considered a match for Bordeaux, but with chicken it seems that anything goes. Chicken is not only the most commonly suggested food …

Oysters

Wine Headache? Chances Are It’s Not the Sulfites

Since the government insisted that wine labels include a “Contains Sulfites” warning, folks have been blaming the compound for their wine headaches. Very likely, finds Lettie Teague, the cause is something else<p>THE LATE SENATOR Strom Thurmond was famous—some might say infamous—for a good many …

South Carolina

Poet Matthew Rohrer on Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

Poet Matthew Rohrer returns to his youthful adventures in Dublin via a bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey—and remains in possession of his faculties<p>By<p>Matthew Rohrer<p><b>MY FAMILY</b> identifies as Irish—more so, perhaps, than is genetically expressed. So, 25 years ago, when I set off for my junior …

Whiskey

Plaid to the Bone: Scottish-Style Ales

Dark but not heavy, complex yet clean-tasting, and labeled with all manner of curious terms, Scottish-style ales remain terra incognita to many stateside craft-beer lovers. Here’s a map<p>WHILE POLITICAL ties still bind Scotland, however tenuously, to the rest of Great Britain, the land of the brave …

United Kingdom

Recipes for Blender Drinks Worth the Brain Freeze

Long maligned by the craft-cocktail set, the blender is back. Here are three recipes for fresh takes on the frozen drink<p>IF YOU’VE EVER MADE the egregious faux pas of ordering a blended drink at the kind of bar that takes itself mixologist-seriously, there’s a good chance your request was met with …

Recipes

How Does the Eurosystem Work?

A Greek exit from the eurozone would be a social, political and economic cataclysm. It would also make a mess of the Eurosystem, the carefully constructed central-banking arrangement that underpins the 19-nation currency union. What would happen to it if one country fell out? We’ll step through the …

Dow Jones

Greece’s Five Possible Future Currency Arrangements

Greece is poised between remaining a member of the eurozone or leaving it. In fact, there are five possible future currency arrangements for Greece. Find out what they are over the jump.

Europe

What Would Grexit Look Like?

Once a theoretical fear of euro-pessimists, Grexit—a Greek exit from the eurozone—may be soon upon us. The euro was designed to be an irrevocable currency; there is no procedure in its rules or treaties for a country to stop using it. So precisely what would happen is highly speculative. But let’s …

Europe

Greece Won’t Knock Eurozone Economy off Course

The contagion channels from Greece are political, not financial or economic<p>Greece’s economic troubles are center stage. But in the background, the rest of the eurozone—accounting for over 98% of the currency bloc’s output—shouldn’t be faring too badly.<p>True, there is little hard or soft economic …

Economy

Greece: A Glimmer of Hope For Both Sides

There’s a glimmer of hope for both sides after eurozone deal<p>Two questions have been at the heart of the Greek crisis from the start: is the eurozone to be a currency union governed by rules? And is Greece willing and able to reform its economy to cope with the rigors of eurozone membership?<p>Greece’s …

European Union

Foreign Tourists Anxious About Access to Cash in Greece

Foreign bank accounts exempted from withdrawal limits, but some ATMs run short of cash<p>By<p>Costas Paris<p>Costas Paris<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@CostasParis<p>costas.paris@wsj.com<p>ATHENS— Joseph Ng, a businessman from Singapore who arrived in Greece on Friday for a two-week vacation, popped his card …

Europe

Gorgeous Architectural Drawings Hidden Behind Empty Silhouettes of Other Buildings

Scotland-based artist Minty Sainsbury meticulously draws buildings that are hidden behind the silhouettes of other structures. Each piece offers an incredible amount of gorgeous detail, and she depicts every brick, window, and decorative facade in a photorealistic style using pencil.<p>Despite …

Drawing

Photojournalist Loses Life’s Work After Burglars Steal Hard Drives

Camera gear may be expensive and painful to have stolen, but your photos are priceless and devastating to lose. A photographer’s worst nightmare just …

Nature-Inspired Paper Sculptures Represent a Collision of Cultures and Mediums

French-American artist Paul Louise-Julie uses paper and paint to craft dreamy sculptures infused with aesthetics, techniques, and themes drawn from multiple cultures. Louise-Julie created these mixed media pieces after having dedicated seven years to researching African civilization and art, …

Art

‘Mystery Digital Camera’ Being Offered as an Amazon Prime Day Deal

Amazon has a rather unusual Lightning Deal going on right now for Prime Day. The company is offering a “Mystery Digital Camera” bundle for 43% off …

Still using 'Bruce Jenner?' Not on Siri's watch

<b>(CNN) —</b> Siri has indirectly come out as supportive of the transgender community and people are excited.<p>Apple users recently found that if you ask Siri how tall Bruce Jenner is, she will respond and autocorrect to her preferred name, Caitlyn Jenner.<p>In fact, if you ask about Bruce Jenner at all, …

Caitlyn Jenner

Articles about 4 high tech houses dwells first ever smart home issue on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's July/August 2015 issue.<p>The writers and photographers that made our July/August 2016 issue possible.<p>In the land of large mountain lodge wannabes, two California natives tuck Utah’s first LEED for Homes–rated house onto the side...<p>Looking …

Tea House

12 Photographers on the Theme: Disorder - Twelve projects selected for the shortlist by Prix Pictet | LensCulture

12 international photographers were chosen as shortlist finalists for the 2015 Prix Pictet, with this year’s theme of “Disorder”.<p>Stephen Barber, Chairman, Prix Pictet, commenting on the choice of the theme of Disorder, said: “The eternal struggle between order and chaos is the central tension of …

Honey Bees

Holocaust suvivor criticises German court for decision to jail 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz'

Survivor Eva Mozes Kor, one of the 70 co-plaintiffs, said of the verdict: 'don't jail him, In jail he doesn’t have to talk about it – he can just rot away'<p>A Holocaust survivor has criticised a German court which sentenced a 94-year-old "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" to four years in prison for …

Beautiful bioluminescent creatures light up the deep ocean

Life adapts in the most beautiful ways. Bioluminescence, though rarely seen in land organisms (with the noteworthy exception of the firefly) is …

Amazon racks up sales from 'Prime Day' deals despite complaints

Deals on shoehorns, Tupperware and "Lord of the Rings" Blu-ray sets may not have been what some shoppers expected from Amazon.com's "Prime Day" sale Wednesday.<p>But analysts said big sales and widespread publicity for the event billed as Black Friday in July appeared to be a win for the online retail …

TV shows

Caitlyn Jenner ESPY Awards Red Carpet: Beladora Jewelry

The world is waiting with bated breath for tonight's ESPY Awards for a few reasons. Not only will many of the Women's World Cup U.S. team be there to celebrate their epic win, but Caitlyn Jenner is set to make her first public appearance to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Since this <i>is</i> the …

The Art of Capturing Live Music by Exposure Storybook on Exposure

Live Music

Articles about 6 tiny modern pavilions on Dwell.com - Dwell

A "chashitsu," which literally means “tearoom” in Japanese, is a freestanding, pavilion-like structure that was used for tea...<p>Seaside or lakeside, waterfront houses evoke a sense of peace. Here are 6 of our favorites.<p>The right workspace can transform your creative life. Dwell puts six desks to the …

tea room