Posted: Jun 14, 2007 11:57am ET
A buddy of mine from Hong Kong, Thomas Boherer, stayed a few days in Tuscany at my house about a month ago and he was nice enough to leave a few cigars in my humidor. I am not completely sure of their age. But it seemed a current production smoke. They were big, burly ones too – a Partagas Salomones.
Posted: Jun 4, 2007 11:06am ET
Posted: May 24, 2007 10:54am ET
Posted: May 16, 2007 9:01am ET
For example, I have heard people say, and have seen them write, that Cigar Aficionado rates fake cigars because the descriptors and quality criteria we use are not the same as the ones they use, or not up to their standards. Or if there is a typo in an article I write, or some other mistake, then I am intentionally trying to slander Cuban cigars and all 11 million inhabitants of the island.
Posted: May 4, 2007 9:14am ET
My mobile phone rang early the other morning in Los Angeles, which woke me from dreams of sake and Trinidad Robusto Extras the night before. It was a bit hazy, but it was a familiar voice coming out of the small speaker—Josh Meerapfel, the young tobacco entrepreneur and grower who produces the best Cameroon wrapper in the world. If you smoke stuff like Fuente Don Carlos, then you have smoked Josh’s wrapper.
Posted: Apr 30, 2007 10:42am ET
Posted: Apr 25, 2007 7:46am ET
About a week ago I had a small dinner party at my house in Tuscany with Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri and Vicenzo Abbruzzese of Valdicava. These two guys are some of the best wine producers in Italy, making Tuscany’s famous red, Brunello di Montalcino. I gave both of their Brunellos 100 points about a month ago in Cigar Aficionado’s sister publication Wine Spectator. The wines were the 2001 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva and the 2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto.
Posted: Apr 9, 2007 11:06am ET
Posted: Apr 3, 2007 11:23am ET
It’s just what I need after tasting close to 500 barrel samples in Bordeaux for the Wine Spectator over the last two weeks. I have been in Bordeaux tasting the region’s newest vintage. (Check out my report on www.winespectator.com.) And it’s been hard work. A lot of the reds showed excessive tannins either from being made from slightly unripe grapes or overextraction during the fermentation and macerations. But there are also some superb wines including: Latour, Margaux, Mouton, La Mission-Haut-Brion, Léoville Las Cases, Pétrus, Trotanoy, Vieux-Chateau-Certan, Lafleur, and Pavie. There are another two dozen or so outstanding wines.
Posted: Mar 23, 2007 11:11am ET
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