Sizzling Hot

It’s no secret that the Charleston real estate market is hot, particularly for families outside of the state who are looking for a post-pandemic move to a city with a slower-paced lifestyle in a beautiful coastal setting. These are busy times for Bunker Burr, real estate agent with luxury sales firm Oyster Point Real Estate […]

The Vineyards of Golan Heights

Last fall, archaeologists unearthed a 75,000-square-foot winery estimated to be 1,500 years old in the city of Yavne in central Israel. It was an incredible find. The ancient wine capital once employed thousands and shipped throughout the Mediterranean. In Israel, history is a vibrant force. The modern roots of winemaking, however, are more New World […]

NATURE VS. NURTURE

Aesthetician Stephanie McChesney has been a respected expert on skin care for more than three decades, which is why, when she drops loving truth bombs about the skin care industry, people like Oprah listen. Here’s her first one, delivered with the kind and gentle energy that comes from wisdom and experience: “People are having plastic surgery […]

LET THEM EAT CAKE

When Natalia Akst texted to let me know she’d just put together a sampler for me, I was excited. I had already spent time aplenty on her website, browsing page after luscious page of her pastries, bonbons, cookies and cakes of all kinds: signature cakes, sponge cakes, cupcakes—my mouth watered at the prospect of trying some […]

THE GOLDEN AGE OF BLENDING

JAMES MACPHAIL, THE CALLING

If you think red blends are the latest trend in wine, think again. Wines have been blended for thousands of years. What is new is our tendency to identify wine by grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir) rather than the place they come from (like Napa Valley or Burgundy). Despite our desire to place […]

FRENCH FINERY

Is Paris ever not inspiring? For artist Helli Luck, it’s been a place where her creativity soars, surrounded by masterpieces housed in places like the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. And it was a recent trip to the City of Light that kick-started a new venture for her. At the end of 2019, Luck was […]

SOUTHERN CHARMS

A little girl stands on her tippy-toes, peering into the jewelry box as her mother sorts through her baubles and gems. Rings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches—some are heirlooms, others were purchased on vacations, and a few were tied up in a silk bow for a birthday or anniversary. They might all be different, but each one […]

THE QUEEN OF SAUVIGNON BLANC

Jules Taylor is the namesake winemaker of a boutique, woman-owned winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. Known as the “Queen of Sauvignon Blanc,” Taylor wears the title with pride. Born in the cool and sunny Marlborough area, Taylor came of age during the 1980s at the same time as her beloved Sauvignon Blanc and grew up to […]

American Fossil Odyssey

Previously, I discussed American minerals and some of my recent travels here in the States to uncover remarkable specimens. Not only is the United States filled with extraordinary minerals, but there are also fascinating remnants of ancient animals, including dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals and other iconic creatures. The specific fossils that I’ll be discussing come from different […]

A Rare Gem

At first glance, Sohn & McClure Jewelers, primely situated on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, may look like any mainstream jewelry store with its glass cases showcasing sparkling diamonds and vibrant gemstones—a place to buy an engagement ring for your love or scoop up a unique bauble to add to a cherished collection. But […]