10 Sparkling Wines for Leaving 2020 Behind

It’s been a dismal year, but let’s look at the bright side: It’s nearly over. Recently in Wine School, we had a polite discussion about whether 2020 was worthy of being ushered out with sparkling wine. The verdict was clear: Forget about what 2020 deserves. We have earned all the sparkling wine we want. The…

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How to Find the Best Champagne for You

Georges Laval Lively, pure, energetic, mineral Champagnes like the Brut Nature ($90). Transatlantic Bubbles, Woodbridge, Conn. Larmandier-Bernier Pinpoint biodynamic blanc de blancs from the Côtes des Blancs, always full of verve and energy, including the nonvintage Longitude ($60) and the vintage Terre de Vertus ($85). Polaner Selections, Mount Kisco, N.Y. Pierre Péters Exquisite blanc de…

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In a Big Year for Games, These Players Are Shifting the Culture

It should come as no surprise that 2020 was a monumental year for the video game industry. While other business sectors saw revenues shrink and storefronts close, gaming companies have profited over these many months when millions of people have been spending more time at home. Some of those people were always gamers, but the…

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The Video Games That Got Us Through 2020

The theme of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series seems to be that every choice you make is wrong. The plot, based in the same universe as the popular comic and television show, follows a young girl named Clementine (and a diverse set of other characters) through the apocalypse. The episodic game is closer…

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An Elixir From the French Alps, Frozen in Time

“The secret of Chartreuse has long been the despair of distillers, just as the natural blue of forget-me-nots has been the despair of painters,” reads an 1886 document referred to in a recent history of the company and order. Father Holleran spent five years overseeing the distillation process, ordering ingredients and planning its production schedules.…

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The T List: Six Things We Recommend 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. Sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. You can always reach us at tlist@nytimes.com. Shop This A Digital Boutique From a Hudson Valley Hotel By…

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I Said They Didn’t Have to Come to My Wedding. But I’m Still Hurt.

I recently got married. After several changes to our original plans, we had a small, in-person, socially distanced event. We told invited guests that we would also livestream the wedding and that there would be no hard feelings if they decided that was the better choice for them. We outlined the safety protocols of the…

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Booking Travel in 2021? Here’s How to Protect Your Investment

Between the promise of a coronavirus vaccine and the plethora of trips, cruises and lodgings on sale, travelers may be tempted to buy now for future vacations. But the crystal ball remains cloudy as to when you might be able to travel freely, given the frequency of virus surges, shifting quarantine requirements and border closures.…

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The Vaccines Are Supposed to Be Free. Surprise Bills Could Happen Anyway.

When Americans receive a coronavirus vaccine, federal rules say they shouldn’t have to pay anything out of pocket. Congress passed legislation this spring that bars insurers from applying any cost sharing, such as a co-payment or deductible. It layered on additional protections barring pharmacies, doctors and hospitals from billing patients. To consumer advocates, the rules…

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How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs

A few ingredients go a long way when it comes to hot chocolate bombs, a cozy treat that has quickly gained popularity on social media. These chocolate balls may look unassuming from the outside, but when placed in a cup of warm milk, the outer shell “explodes” to reveal hot cocoa powder and marshmallows within.…

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