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Every evening, sunset is the can’t-miss event across the Cyclades islands.

In Santorini, visitors and locals line the cliff tops above the caldera and watch the summer sun sink towards the indigo-blue Mediterranean waters, turning any remaining clouds vivid shades of electric orange and pink.

Those in the know take this as a cue to pour one last glass of chilled Assyrtiko (pronounced ah-SEER-tee-ko).

The dark volcanic soil, the salty sea, and the gusty breeze provide a stark beauty that draws around 2 million thirsty tourists a year — mostly during the lava-hot summer season — to the small Greek island. The same factors allow local winemakers to produce distinctive white wines from the native Assyrtiko grape.

Like the caldera, the islands’ soils are the result of volcanic activity. The complex mix of pumice, sand, volcanic ash and rocks creates a uniquely fiery terroir.

To protect their grapes from the harsh elements on the island, the ancient winemakers wove their grapevines into baskets called kouloura.

Exterior of a woven grapevine basket.
OG Greek winemakers wove their grapevines into baskets called kouloura.
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This system was so successful that ancient vines on Santorini still produce wine grapes today.

So, what to drink as you watch the sun go down on the Med? More important still, where should you lay down after all that day drinking? We’ve got answers.

Nestled improbably on the edge of the island’s Lilliputian airstrip, Gaia Wines is set within a renovated early 20th-century stone industrial building. Open May to October, stop by for the Thalassitis Submerged ($200), which spent five years aging on the seabed before release, or the Wild Ferment ($30) that still delivers incredible complexity and precision at a fraction of the price.

Inset of wine over hillside of Santorini.
The perma-popular isle of Santorini isn’t just about water views. Vibrant vino (inset) is the star of the show here.
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Five minutes inland, fourth-generation winemaker Matthaios Argyros is at the helm of the Estate Argyros crafting excellent wines.

His Cuvée Monsignori ($41) is widely regarded as one of the best wines in Greece, but don’t sleep on the Aidani ($30), another native grape variety layered with flavors of white flowers, salty peach and tropical fruit.

If you only have time to track down one bottle during your Santorini stay, head next door to Volcanic Slope Vineyards for a bottle of Pure ($49).

Argyros’ passion project is only produced in great years. The grapes come from 200-year-old vines, and the wine is aged for 14 months on the lees (left over yeast particles) before another 12 months resting.

As a result, the wine is precise, elegant, and long-lasting — a “pure” look at what Assyrtiko can be.

Next, head 15 minutes southwest to the Hatzidakis Winery.

Pick a bottle, any bottle, at Hatzidakis and you won’t go wrong.
Hatzidakis Winery

Hatzidakis is a family affair, and their wines showcase the innovation that a winemaker can bring.

Those in the know particularly love the power behind the organic Cuvée No. 15 ($50), which elegantly balances heft and freshness.

Or, head to the narrow northernmost slice of Santorini to experience Domaine Sigalas. The pioneering winemaker Paris Sigalas is known for introducing serious Assyrtiko to the world. His highly mineral Kavalieros ($50) comes from a single vineyard high above the Caldera.

After all that drinking you probably need a nap, luckily the 29-square-mile island offers loads of beauteous beds.

A woman in a pool at Katikies.
Summer rates at Katikies start at around $1,600 per night.
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For five-star luxury on the hilltops of Oia, the boutique 34-room Katikies is the spot to stay if you want some fine dining with your grog.

Home to Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini’s Selene restaurant — the best in Santorini — it showcases the culinary traditions of the Cyclades alongside a stellar Greek-leaning wine list from Master of Wine Yiannis Karakasis (summer rates from roughly $1,602).

Next door the Oia Vineyart (sic) is a more relaxed setting to explore pairings of Santorini specialties with local wines.

Interior of people drinking at Oia Vineyart.
Oia Vineyart is a laid-back tasting spot.
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Exterior of a sun setting at Astra Suites.
Enjoy a chic stay with stunning sunsets at Astra Suites.
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Just down the coast, the whitewashed Astra Suites boast four studios and 22 stunning suites with a caldera-facing infinity pool and bar in Imerovigli. Operated by IHG, the hotel and opened back in 1985. Better still, guests will find a bottle of white local wine and a bouquet of flowers in their rooms (rates starting at $323 per night).

Spitting distance from the Astra Suites, in the cluster of hillside hotels that hug the steep cliff face, Lithi Luxury Retreat is a more affordable yet sexy alternative. Here what you lose in caldera views, you gain in privacy. Better still, in each of these apartment-esque suites, guests can make a splash in a private pool or Jacuzzi. Rooms start at roughly $500 per night. 

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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’




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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

Kopari Organic Coconut melt

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins




MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.

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Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station




A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.

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