Argentine Malbecs, With an Eye Toward Terroir

Itata Valley cinsault may be a niche wine. But you can’t say that about our next subject, malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina. Over the last 20 years, Argentine malbec has become one of the most popular genres of wine in the United States. It has become a brand name in and of itself,…

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Finding Wine and Meaning in Ancient Vineyards

All over the world, treasures for wine lovers have been hiding in plain sight, unnoticed or unimagined. They are old vineyards, planted decades or even centuries ago. I’ve seen them myself in Spain and Portugal, France and Italy, Argentina and California, even in Mexico. The survivors are often out of the way, sometimes on steep,…

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Vaping-Related Illnesses Climb to 805, C.D.C. Says

The number of people with lung illnesses linked to vaping has risen to 805, from last week’s figure of 530 cases, and 12 people have died, compared to a total of seven last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The illnesses are widespread, with cases reported from 46 states so…

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McDonald’s to Test Plant-Based Burgers in Canada

McDonald’s will offer a plant-based burger made by Beyond Meat at some of its locations in Canada, the fast-food giant said on Thursday, marking the company’s first foray into the growing market for meat alternatives in North America. For now, however, the rollout of the “P.L.T.” — plant, lettuce and tomato — is just a…

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For Bride (and Groom) Gifting: Think Inside The Box

In the same way trendy monthly subscriptions and curated boxes allow you to discover new beauty products, food prep and fashion, a new crop of expertly crafted boxed gifts, specifically catered to engaged couples, have made their way to the wedding industry. Giving your favorite bride or groom (even if that happens to be yourself)…

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Cecilia Chiang, a Pioneering Restaurateur, Marks a Century of Flavors

SAN FRANCISCO — On her 99th birthday, Cecilia Chiang wore a leopard-print silk shirt and black trousers, slipped on two thick, glittering cocktail rings, and met her granddaughter for an early lunch at Yank Sing, in Rincon Center. Before she could put in an order for her favorite — the juicy pea-shoot dumplings — a…

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In California, a ‘Surprise’ Billing Law Is Protecting Patients and Angering Doctors

ImageOutside Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in Ridgecrest, Calif. Since the California law took effect, there has been little evidence that patients’ access to health care has suffered.CreditFrederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Three years ago, California passed one of the strongest laws in the country to outlaw surprise medical billing. That legislation made sure that when…

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