Gregory Mottola archive

January 2016

Joya de Nicaragua: The Quintessential Nicaraguan Cigar Factory

Posted: Jan 25, 2016 12:00pm ET

Puro Sabor took a big chance with their White Party. It was held under the stars right in EstelĂ­. The requirements were simple: wear white. The weather was beautiful, as it tends to be this time of year in this part of Nicaragua. But what if it rained? What was "plan B?"

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Puro Humo: A Nicaraguan Festival Within a Nicaraguan Festival

Posted: Jan 15, 2016 4:00pm ET

There's an unwritten rule about cigar festivals: The music has to be loud. Very loud. This is what I thought to myself as I walked into Puro Humo. That's the name given to the cigar party held on the second night of the fifth "Festival del Tabaco Puro Sabor Nicaragua," or just Nicaraguan Cigar Festival for short.

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Night Farming With A.J. Fernandez

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 12:00am ET

I'm flopping around like a fish in the back of a pickup truck in Nicaragua, trying to smoke a cigar, but I can't manage to find my mouth. This is my fault for not wearing a seat belt. The truck is climbing up a rocky mountain, going in and out of craters on a path that some people might consider a road. I continue to bounce and shake and flop and now the sun has completely disappeared.

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