Domaine Carneros Napa Valley, Photo Credit Domaine Carneros

The French Connection: “Champagne” Houses in America

Decades ago, French Champagne experts brought their skills to California wine country, expanding their production to include sparkling wine made on American terroir. By doing so, they increased their visibility and made their wines more widely available in the robust U.S. market. In a way, they invented an American version of Champagne.

Dolce & Gabbana and Donnafugata: Sicily’s New Dream Team

Everything about the Donnafugata partnership with the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house is based around the Mediterranean island of Sicily. The two powerhouses with Sicilian roots joined forces in 2019 to create an even more powerful collaboration—a wine collection designed with Dolce & Gabbana style and Donnafugata wine expertise.

Birdies Footwear

Birdies Shoes: Flying to the Top

Gates co-founded Birdies, the San Francisco-based shoe company, with her friend Marissa Sharkey. The company’s original concept was comfortable, stylish shoes one can wear while hosting a fashionable dinner party: flats as comfy as slippers. They built the company as young women, holding full-time jobs and without experience in the field.

Villa Igiea: Palermo’s Resort for Kings of the Golden Age

Villa Igiea boasts breathtaking views over the Gulf of Palermo to the city of Palermo across the bay. It is a stunning turn-of-the-century palazzo that feels a world away from tourist crowds while only a 15-minute drive or short trip by private boat to Sicily’s capital city.

Palazzo Borghese's Mirror Room

Rome: Where History, Luxury, And Style Reside

Indisputably one of Europe’s most magnificent capitals, Rome offers lodgings to match its majesty. Here are three luxury hotels that showcase the unique and iconic sides of this singular city.