July 24, 2009 |
Weeks after arriving in Pakistan on a flight from New York, Bryant Neal Vinas plunged into holy war: He volunteered to train for a suicide attack and fought in the wilds of Afghanistan. By the time he was captured in November, 14 months later, the Muslim convert from Long Island had journeyed into the innermost circles of Al Qaeda, according to a statement he gave investigators. Vinas befriended fellow trainees who wanted to bomb stadiums in Europe. He learned to assemble explosives vests.
July 23, 2009 |
An American Muslim convert from Long Island, N.Y., who was captured while fighting for Al Qaeda in Pakistan is now cooperating with authorities, opening a rare window into the world of Western militants in the network's hide-outs, U.S. and European anti-terrorism officials said. Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, is one of the few Americans known to have made the trek to Al Qaeda's secret Pakistani compounds, the officials said.
January 1, 2009 |
Despite the years of sacrifice and grueling practice, ballet dancer Vina almost turned down a plum role in her first 2004 Chinese New Year show. Since emigrating from China nearly eight years before, she'd given up dancing because of a nerve injury that radiated pain from her lower back through her left leg, making it difficult for her to stand for longer than 10 minutes at a time.
December 10, 2008
La Rioja Alta is one of the most respected of the traditional wineries in Rioja, Spain. Just think, the current vintage of its Vina Alberdi Seleccion Especial is the 2001 (with the 2002 on the way). Looking at the winery's technical sheet regarding the vintage, I was curious to see mentioned "four manual racking processes by candlelight." That's traditional.
September 17, 2008 |
Better break out two bottles of this superb Rioja, not just one, because this beauty tends to disappear fast. Luscious and full-bodied, the 2005 Artadi Vinas de Gain starts out strong and just keeps going. It has everything you'd want in a Tempranillo -- balance, finesse, fire and an indefinable earthy character. Bring on your best ribs, your grilled porterhouse or calf's liver. This wine can stand up to red meat. It's great with any or all parts of the pig too. -- Quick swirl Region: Rioja.
March 12, 2008 |
From one of the youngest viticultural regions in Spain, Calatayud (150 miles northeast of Madrid), comes this lush Garnacha. Produced by the local state-of-the-art cooperative San Alejandro, the 2005 Las Rocas Vinas Viejas (old vines) Garnacha is a custom bottling by respected wine importer Eric Solomon. Vinas viejas, in this case, means really old -- 100-year-old-plus Garnacha vines grown at high altitude.