Argentina’s Wine Country Just Opened Up to the World

Argentina is rightly famous for producing several high quality items for export: beef, soccer players, dance moves, and, increasingly, wine. But when it comes to the land of asado, Messi, Tango and Malbec, there’s no substitute for a visit to the source. Fortunately for wine lovers, there’s a new way to get to Mendoza, the hub of the region whence comes almost two-thirds of the wine made in Argentina, and this high-altitude province of sunshine and epic vistas at the foothills of the Andes mountains is begging to be explored.

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Exploring the Stunning Wine Country of Central California

“I used to board a mule for grandma Niven,” John informed me during our kayak excursion.

For me, the comment epitomized the central California coast. The folksy familiarity. The small town connections between locals. The no-nonsense straightforwardness of rural life encapsulated in a task as prosaic—and yet, to a city-slicker like me, still charmingly exotic—as boarding a mule.

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I'm Loving Jura 10

I was introduced to Jura scotch whisky years ago by a very dear friend. We’ve lost touch these days, but I always think of her when a bottle of Jura comes out; it’s easily her favorite scotch, and probably her favorite spirit. Though I never thought much about it at the time, over the course of our friendship just by having it around a lot Jura became one of my favorites too. When I got my hands on a bottle of Jura 10 the transformation was complete—at least right now, this is hands down my favorite scotch whisky.

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Laura Beth Lott
Coming Home at the March of the Juggalos

Packs of people of all kinds, from toddlers to the elderly, morbidly obese to skinny as a rail, most of them, but not all, white, roamed up and down the sidewalks wearing baggy clothes and Hot Topic–style accessories. There were a lot of oversized, shin-length shorts, garish haircuts and teeth that hadn’t seen a dentist at some pivotal juncture in the distant past. Some wore their faces painted in black and white like happy, evil clowns.

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The Last Two Bags You’ll Ever Need

Most importantly for me, both of these bags possess that magical, hard-to-find quality that I’m always looking for above all in a piece of luggage—inspiration. The HURU makes me want to head for the hills and on to far flung thrills. Hook & Albert’s garment weekender makes me want to dress to the nines and hit the dance floor after a fancy cocktail party.

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