A New Chapter for California Syrah

California syrah has been much maligned, often justifiably. The grape arrived in a big way beginning in the 1990s. It was intended to be the next merlot, a wine with an easy, wide appeal. Yet as the popularity of merlot nose-dived, syrah never could replace it. Partly, it was because much California syrah was planted…

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Now Is the Time for American Sparkling Wines

Almost every region in the world that produces still wine makes some form of sparkling wine as well. Given this bounty, why would consumers choose American sparkling wines? One reader raised a similar point, wondering why, if sparkling wines from Europe are exempt from a recent 25 percent tariff, I had offered a lineup of…

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I Want to Be Friends. She Doesn’t. But I Want to Be Friends!

When my wife passed away a few years ago, I went into a deep funk and isolated myself from people. I don’t have family or close friends nearby, so I reached out to a woman I worked with for many years. There was a definite attraction when we worked together, but we never acted on…

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The T List: What to Try, Read and Know About This Week

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. Each week, we’re sharing things we’re eating, wearing, listening to or coveting now. We hope you’ll join us for the ride. (Sign up here, if you haven’t already, and you can reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.) Know About This A Chic Queer Bar…

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Takeover at Princeton’s Quadrangle

In the fall of 2017, when Daniel Pallares Bello was a sophomore at Princeton, a friend invited him to visit Quadrangle, a stately mansion on Prospect Avenue across from campus that houses a student eating club. But unlike many undergraduates excited to take part in the more than century-old tradition of eating and socializing in…

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At a Secret Garden in Milan, No Child, No Entry

On a recent Sunday, Silvia Rezzonico pushed a stroller through the glorious gardens of Villa Belgiojoso, winding past parents chasing their toddlers and families lounging on blankets. Under a black walnut tree, she paused to look down at the baby boy dozing angelically in the pram. “He’s not really mine,” she said. But he was…

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Snapshots of My Patients

A little over a year ago, our electronic medical record started to include photographs of patients along with their medical information. These thumbnail images, which appear at the top left-hand corner of the computer screen next to a name, age and birthdate, are intended as a safety measure, to help ensure that clinicians are placing…

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Running While Introverted

Three minutes into my first half marathon, I thought I would lose my mind. I’d decided to run it with the “2 ½ hours” group, not trusting myself alone to set a steady pace and happy to be among others who, like me, had no loftier goal than finishing alive. Sure, I’d never run in…

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Can Bergdorf Goodman Win the Barneys Race?

The bankruptcy and liquidation of Barneys New York, the cutting-edge department store critical to the career starts of many designers, and that was adored by a set of young, fashionable Manhattanites, has spurred hand-wringing throughout the shopping world. It has also unleashed a wave of high-stakes competition in Manhattan, now playing out against a backdrop…

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