Luxembourg opens art freeport to lure super-rich


LUXEMBOURG - Private banking hub Luxembourg sought to lure more wealthy investors on Wednesday by opening a high-security center designed to look like a jewel box, where collectors can store and trade valuables without paying customs or sales tax.

Chefs take spotlight at London debut music-and-food fest

LONDON - Gourmet food proved to be the new rock ’n’roll at a weekend festival in London where 10 acclaimed chefs, three of whom hold Michelin stars, demonstrated their culinary prowess against a backdrop of live music.

Music, Life 15 Sep 2014

Dubai's latest luxury: wine that includes 24-carat gold but no alcohol

DUBAI - Dubai built the world's tallest building, put a ski slope inside a shopping mall and gave its cops a Lamborghini for a police car. Where else would you sell a $150 bottle of 'halal' non-alcoholic sparkling white wine with flecks of 24-carat edible gold leaf gleaming at the bottom?

11 Sep 2014

Last Syrian vineyard keeps wine flowing despite war

BEIRUT - Amid the war in Syria, one hillside vineyard still produces wines that are served in the Michelin-starred restaurants of London and Paris.

10 Sep 2014

New York wine makers vie with France's top Merlot producers

NEW YORK - Long Island wineries are smaller, younger and have less experience than their French counterparts, but some local vintners think the Merlot wines they produce compare favorably with those made in Bordeaux.

09 Sep 2014

Trip Tips: Georgia's Caucasian charm lures hikers and hipsters

TBILISI - A history spanning centuries and civilizations, churches perched atop green mountains and inexpensive food and wine are just a few of the draws of the small Caucasian country of Georgia.

05 Sep 2014

Historic Miami Beach threatened amid real estate resurgence

MIAMI BEACH Fla. - Conservationists are urging Miami Beach officials to protect more of the city's historic homes after some decades-old properties were bulldozed to make way for mega mansions.

25 Aug 2014

Early grape crush kicks off California's winemaking season

DAVIS California - At the University of California's prized winemaking institute near Sacramento, a sleek metal wine crusher on Thursday morning let out a deep rumble and began to shake, jostling grapes made sweeter by the state's ongoing drought into sticky juice.

22 Aug 2014

South Africa’s Chenin Blanc seeps onto summer stage

NEW YORK - Chenin Blanc, the most widely planted grape in South Africa, is a varietal once considered by some to be "cheap and cheerful quaff," but it is now gaining an appreciation around the globe.

19 Aug 2014

Black truffles from Down Under conquer U.S. summertime menus

NEW YORK - From the truffle-infused beef-cheek ravioli at Babbo restaurant in New York to the all-black-truffle menu at La Toque in Napa Valley, California, the pungent mushroom has conquered the summer menu and is no longer just a treasured winter treat.

12 Aug 2014