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February 2009

Puzzles and Cigar Barns

Posted: Feb 27, 2009 1:06pm ET

Cigar barns can be pretty darn big. They can also be pretty darn expensive. Making a sizeable one out of wood, the way it’s done in Connecticut and in Nicaragua, can cost $250,000 if you’re building it in the Dominican Republic.

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Off to the Dominican Fields

Posted: Feb 20, 2009 4:12pm ET

My shoes were dusted with a thin layer of reddish brown dirt. My bare arms were being baked by the tropical sun and the smell of curing tobacco was in my nostrils. I was back on a tobacco farm. I took the long drive from Santiago out to Mao today with a group of about 30 other people here for the final day of the ProCigar Festival.

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Dancing, Dominican Style

Posted: Feb 19, 2009 3:34pm ET

Last night was opening night in Santiago at the ProCigar Festival. I was sitting in a gorgeous setting, a table in the middle of an old estate once owned by a pal of former Dominican dictator Trujillo.

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Back in the Dominican Republic

Posted: Feb 18, 2009 4:21pm ET

The Airbus swooped down from the clouds, revealing the lush, tropical landscape below. Fields of yucca, plantain and tobacco covered the land, flanked by mountains brimming with trees, each one cloaked by thick mist.

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Too Cold To Smoke

Posted: Feb 3, 2009 10:27am ET

I like to think that I’m no Sally when it comes to the cold weather. I’ve lived in the northeast for my entire life, and winter can be pretty cold up here. But recently I encountered temperatures that kept me from enjoying a cigar—even for a very short time.

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